- Tour de France (2nd stage): Perros-Guirec – Mûr-de-Bretagne
- 1 The race: two climbs, two attacks from Van der Poel who wins and takes the yellow jersey
- 2 On the side of the favorites: the demonstration of Van der Poel
- 3 On the side of the Bretons: Gaudu was not far
As expected, this second stage was played on the coast of Mûr-de-Bretagne.
From the first passage in this Breton “Alpe d’Huez”, the leaders showed themselves with a Mathieu Van der Poel who launched an attack on the first climb. The peloton had swallowed up a few kilometers before the last runaways of the six men of the day’s breakaway (Anthony Perez (Cofidis), Edward Theuns (Trek Segafredo), Simon Clarke (Qhubeka Assos), Jonas Koch (Intermarché Wanty Gobert), Ide Schelling (Bora Hansgrohe) and Jérémy Cabot (TotalEnergies)). In the loop around Mûr-de-Bretagne, the contenders for the stage victory and the general were all placed but the grandson of Raymond Poulidor left no one the opportunity to win on this second Breton stage: winner at Mûr, Van der Poel at the same time put on the yellow jersey.
They were all there at the foot of the first climb and in the Mûr-de-Bretagne loop, but the strongest this Sunday was Mathieu Van der Poel. Twentieth in the first stage between Brest and Landerneau, the Dutchman from Alpecin-Fenix had his legs at the start of Perros-Guirec. A first attack on the first climb to give a first shock and on the second climb, he did it again. While his grandfather, Raymond Poulidor never wore the yellow jersey, here he is after two days of his first Tour de France, leader. At 26, he edged Tadej Pogacar, the winner of 2020, Primoz Roglic. Julian Alaphilippe took fifth place.
On the Bretons side, David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ) but also Warren Barguil invited themselves to the party. At the forefront in the last two kilometers and in this climb to 6.9%, they were not far. The leader of the Groupama – FDJ team would have liked to finish this stage in the lead. But seventh on the first stage, 14th on the second, the Landivisien shows that he is there and that he will have to be reckoned with.
Support a professional editorial staff at the service of Brittany and the Bretons: subscribe from € 1 per month.