Mathieu van der Poel honors Grandfather Raymond Poulidor with the Yellow Jersey

Van der Poel averaged over 30km/h up the Mur de Bretagne, incredible piece of riding after his initial attack up there the first time round, to win the stage, take the Yellow Jersey and honor his Grandfather's Memory

Mathieu van der Poel honors Grandfather Raymond Poulidor with Yellow Jersey

Van der Poel attacked (for a second time) on the second ascent on the Mur de Bretagne and got a gap that no other GC contenders could close. 

Behind, Pogacar took second and Roglic third, then a small gap to a 3rd group 23 seconds behind containing Geraint Thomas.

Van der Poel celebrated his stage win by pointing in the air dedicating his win to his Grandfather.

Van der Poel's grandfather is the late Raymond Poulidor, nicknamed "Pou-Pou", he too was a French professional racing cyclist, who rode for Mercier his entire career. His career was distinguished, despite coinciding with two great riders - Jacques Anquetil and Eddy Merckx. This underdog position may have been the reason Poulidor was a favourite of the public. He was known as "The Eternal Second", because he never won the Tour de France despite finishing in second place three times, and in third place five times. Despite his consistency, he never once wore the yellow jersey as leader of the general classification in 14 Tours, of which he completed 12. He did win one Grand Tour, the 1964 Vuelta a España. 

A shocked Van der Poel said afterwards, "I have no words. I gambled a little bit and I played everything I got the first time already. I knew I had to get bonus seconds if I wanted the yellow jersey, and I knew it was the last chance to get the yellow jersey. It's incredible."

"The last 500 meters were really painful but I knew that I had to keep on going as fast as I could just to get the gap. I didn’t know until five minutes after the finish that I had the yellow jersey. It’s unbelievable."

"Imagine if my grandfather Raymond was here, how proud he would be?"

"I wish he could have been here and had a photo together, him in his yellow sponsors shirt and me in the leader's one, so sad he's not here," said Van der Poel.

French fans saw their own hero Julian Alaphilippe lose the yellow jersey, but cheered the Dutchman both for his gung-ho passion and for his beloved grandfather.

Despite the intense Schelling/Perez KOM Polka Dot battle in the breakaway, Van der Poel also took the KOM jersey because he won both the KOMs on Mur de Bretagne.

Four Riders abandon 2021 Tour de France

Out of the 23 teams, four are incomplete with their riders withdrawing from the 2021 Tour de France. Movistar’s Marc Soler withdrew with two broken elbows, while Groupama-FDJ’s Ignatas Konovalovas was left unconscious after his crash. Jasha Sütterlin of Team DSM was the first rider to withdraw from the race due to a wrist injury. B&B-KTM ’s Cyril Lemoine, 38, also departed with four broken ribs.

VIDEO: 2021 Tour de France Stage 2 Highlights

2021 Tour de France Stage 2 Top 10

1 Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Alpecin-Fenix 4:18:30
2 Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates 0:00:06
3 Primoz Roglic (Slo) Jumbo-Visma 0:00:06
4 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:00:06
5 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:00:08
6 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo 0:00:08
7 Jonas Vingegaard (Den) Jumbo-Visma 0:00:08
8 Sergio Higuita Garcia (Col) EF Education-Nippo 0:00:08
9 Pierre Latour (Fra) TotalEnergies 0:00:08
10 Jack Haig (Aus) Bahrain Victorious 0:00:08

2021 Tour de France General classification after Stage 2

1 Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Alpecin-Fenix 8:57:25
2 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:00:08
3 Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates 0:00:13
4 Primoz Roglic (Slo) Jumbo-Visma 0:00:14
5 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:00:24
6 Jack Haig (Aus) Bahrain Victorious 0:00:26
7 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo 0:00:26
8 Sergio Higuita Garcia (Col) EF Education-Nippo 0:00:26
9 Jonas Vingegaard (Den) Jumbo-Visma 0:00:26
10 David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:00:26

Tag: tourdefrance
Jul 18 2021 - NEWS: Pogacar wins second consecutive Tour de France title
Jul 17 2021 - NEWS: Pogacar seals straight second Tour de France Victory
Jul 16 2021 - NEWS: Bahrain Victorious jubilant as Mohoric wins his 2nd Tour Stage
Jul 15 2021 - NEWS: Pogacar wins in Mountains again to dominate the Tour
Jul 15 2021 - NEWS: French Police launch nighttime raid on Bahrain Victorious Hotel at the Tour de France
Jul 14 2021 - NEWS: Pogacar wins again atop giant Tour de France mountain Col du Portet
Jul 13 2021 - NEWS: Konrad wins hilly stage 16 as Pogacar retains the yellow jersey
Jul 11 2021 - NEWS: American Sepp Kuss wins Stage 15 of the Tour de France in Andorra
Jul 11 2021 - NEWS: Bauke Mollema delivers stage win at the Tour de France for Trek-Segafredo
Jul 10 2021 - NEWS: Mollema wins Tour de France stage at the foot-hills of the Pyrenees
Jul 08 2021 - NEWS: Nils Politt puts in late attack from the breakaway to Tour de France Stage 12
Jul 07 2021 - NEWS: Wout van Aert attacks on Mont Ventoux to win stage 11
Jul 06 2021 - NEWS: Hat Trick for Mark Cavendish who only needs two more Stage wins
Jul 04 2021 - NEWS: Ben O'Connor solos to Mountain Top Victory as Pogacar retains Yellow
Jul 03 2021 - NEWS: Pogacar storms into yellow jersey by crushing most of his rivals
Jun 26 2021 - EVENT: 2021 Tour De France