Mathieu van der Poel wins stage two of Tour de France to take yellow

Dutchman soloed to victory after attacking in the final kilometre

Mathieu van der Poel
(Image credit: Getty)

Mathieu van der Poel spectacularly moved into the yellow jersey at the Tour de France after winning stage two atop the Mûr-de-Bretagne.

The Alpecin-Fenix rider was determined to win the stage and move to the summit of the race’s general classification, making two serious attacks in the final 20km, the final sticking to inherit the lead from Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck – Quick-Step).

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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 long reads across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013. In 2024 he released a seven-part podcast documentary, Ghost in the Machine, about motor doping in cycling.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide 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.