Julian Alaphilippe admits that Mathieu van der Poel 'was simply stronger' on stage two of Tour de France

The Frenchman lost yellow but remains in the lead of the points classification

Julian Alaphilippe
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Julian Alaphilippe had no complaints with losing the yellow jersey at the Tour de France to Mathieu van der Poel, claiming his great rival deserved to triumph on stage two

Van der Poel attacked twice in the final 20km of the stage, the first time to take essential bonus seconds on the first ascent of the Mûr-de-Bretagne, and the second time to solo to victory with a margin of eight seconds.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and feature writing across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013.


Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in a number of places, but mostly in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.


He lives in Valencia, Spain.