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Stage 2: Perros Guirec-Mûr de Bretagne 183.5 km
,,There is a chance that this final will have a different course than that of the first leg. It’s a bit tougher here than in the stage to Landerneau, because they first have to cross the Mûr-de-Bretagne once, and then finish on top. It could be that the classification riders profile themselves much more here, we have seen that before in 2011.
Mathieu van der Poel before the start of the second stage.
The later Tour winner Cadel Evans then emerged first, with Alberto Contador behind him in second. Roglic showed on Saturday with a third place that he can handle this well, although it is questionable how he feels now, because he was also involved in that first heavy crash. This will apply to several riders, because the seriousness of the injuries only really becomes noticeable in the following days. Wilco Kelderman and Bauke Mollema also climbed strongly, so I’m very curious what they can do.”
Erik Breukink expects to see another Mathieu van der Poel on Sunday.
,,I expect that we will see the same men at the front as on Saturday, because even in a tough final the classics specialists have to be able to handle that. Alaphilippe was particularly strong in Landerneau. And although he himself says that this arrival is less good for him, he finished fourth in 2018. Given his shape, he may just strike again. As far as Mathieu van der Poel is concerned, I think he will play a part for the win on this arrival.”
The profile of the second stage.
“This final climb also starts quite steeply and then flattens out, but is one kilometer shorter than Saturday’s. In addition, Van der Poel was too far behind at the foot of Landerneau. It cost him too much energy to get to the front and when he was there, Alaphilippe took off. As a result, Van der Poel was seen and it seemed to him as if he did not have the legs. If he now sits in the front, we will see another Van der Poel. Also in this stage it will be nervous with narrow roads and crowds along the side, so again watch out for falls.”
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