Untouchable Jakobsen, the Great Belt did not vibrate

Fabio Jakobsen winner in the sprint, Wout van Aert in yellow but also the strange strategy of the B&B team or the disappointing passage through the Grand Belt, find the Tops and Flops of the second stage of the Tour de France.

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Fabio Jakobsen untouchable

For the Quick-Step team, the days go by and they look alike. After the success of the Belgian Yves Lampaert, the Dutchman Fabio Jakobsen overtook Wout Van Aert in the sprint to win the 2.e Tour stage glazed with waterfalls. Another common point between Lampaert and Jakobsen, they both discover the Tour de France. A start of fanfare for a team that started without Julian Alaphilippe, the double world champion, little recovered after his heavy fall during Liege-Bastogne-Liege.

New yellow jersey of Wout Van Aert

2e of the sprint, Wout Van Aert will be comforted with the yellow jersey. The first of the career of this versatile runner. On Friday, during the 1st stage, the driver of the Jumbo-Visma team had to lose 5 ” in front of his compatriot Yves Lampaert. This Saturday, driven by the 6 ” bonus collected in the sprint, he stripped Lampaert of his leadership position by 1 ”. He makes one of his dreams come true by putting on his yellow shirt. The dream for his team and their duo of leaders Roglic-Vingegaard.

Magnus Cort Nielsen, Polka Dot Dane

Escaped with Norwegian Sven Erik Bystrom (Intermarché-Wanty), Dane Magnus Cort Nielsen (EF Education) won the first two climbs of the mountain classification to afford the white jersey with red dots. He celebrated the moment, as if he had won a stage. To the delight of spectators. Nielsen is the first Dane since Michael Morkov in 2012 to wear the best climber shirt. Bystrom, the last survivor of the day’s escape (rewarded with the fighting spirit award) was caught 30km from the finish line.

The madness of the public in Denmark

The Danish postcard. On Friday during the very wet 1st stage, nothing could have turned off the pleasure of the spectators. Excited, they wanted to party at the Tour. The figure of 600,000 spectators on the circuit in the Danish capital has advanced. This Saturday, on the bucolic and sunny roads leading to Nyborg, spectators, in images reminiscent of the fervor of the great game of Yorkshire in 2014 (3 million spectators estimated in 3 days), expressed their contagion pleasure. Refreshing.


The Great Belt gives birth to a mouse

The bridges linking the islands of Seeland and Funen promised a great flight spectacle. The tension and anguish of the platoon has, throughout the day, only delayed the explanation. To limit the risks, the peloton has waited the last kilometers of the stage before the suspension bridge to speed up the pace. The frightening bridge crossed in the wind. A sublime journey. A series of chic photos but a blocked step, marked by the falls of the yellow jersey Yves Lampaert and the Colombian Rigoberto Uran (EF Education) who finally regained their place in the peloton in time. At the end of a very quiet crossing (which Tadej Pogacar, ashamed of a fall less than 3 km from the finish, ended up grimacing), far from the expectations of a messy race.

The Rolland-Barthe duet, a strange strategy

Magnus Cort Nielsen took the first shot of the day. Two B & BHotels-KTM pilots took the opportunity to show off: Cyril Barthe and Pierre Rolland (174e of 176 of the 1st stage) which was unexpectedly revealed. The French duo loosened up in one pass and insisted for a good while, without success, to try to reunite with the leading tandem. A tactic doomed to failure. The B&B runners spent nothing.

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