The Dutch Team Jumbo-Visma was awarded this Sunday the second stage of the 106th edition of the Tour de France, a 27.6 kilometer team time trial with start and finish in Brussels, with a time of 28:58, a result that also allows the Dutchman Mike Teunissen to continue wearing the yellow jersey of the overall leader.
Last to leave, the Jumbo-Visma destroyed in 20 seconds the mark of the British Team INEOS, whose 29:18 after starting first marked all day. With this, Teunissen, who in the inaugural stage surprised the Slovak Peter Sagan to the sprint, retains the lead (4:51:34).
In addition, four of his companions in the Jumbo-Visma copan the 'Top 5' of the classification; the Belgian Wout van Aert, the Dutch Steven Kruijswijk, the German Tony Martin and the New Zealander George Bennett follow him to ten seconds, while the Italian Gianni Moscon, of the INEOS, is the first cyclist 'non Jumbo' in the general classification.
On a flat circuit through the streets of the Belgian capital and suitable for specialists, with exit next to the Royal Palace and finish at the famous Atomium, the British Team INEOS was responsible for opening the track and did so with an impressive rhythm, at an average 56.5 km / h.
The 13:58 that marked in the first intermediate point of Bois de la Cambre deparaba a stratospheric chrono in the arrival at the Atomium for the exSky. Thus, after the 21:11 in Schaerbeek-Boulevard Général Wahis, his 29:18 in goal became a first difficult reference to beat for the rest of the teams in the match.
It was near the Swiss Katusha Alpecin, who improved the times of the British in the two intermediate points -in 3 and 2 seconds respectively-, but who escaped in the last section, entering six seconds of INEOS. The Sunweb nailed the chronometer of the Swiss.
The Groupama-FDJ of the French Thibaut Pinot -a 12-, the Astana of the Danish Jakob Fuglsang -21- or the BORA-hansgrohe of the Slovakian Peter Sagan -26- were also far away. The Mitchelton-Scott was running at an excellent pace, but was ballasted a few kilometers after the Briton Simon Yates, winner of the last Tour of Spain, was off the hook.
Neither Bahrain-Merida, at 16 seconds, nor EF Education First, at 8, scared an INEOS who also did not beat a Deceuninck-Quick Step that was only a second after improving the times of the British at the intermediate points.
It was the last team to take the start, Jumbo-Visma, which managed to print an impressive rhythm that exceeded the prevailing reference. 14 seconds better in Bois de la Cambre and 16 in Schaerbeek, he entered the finish line with 20 seconds of income on INEOS. Thus, he led the podium of the day ahead of the British and the Deceuninck-Quick Step of the Spanish Enric Mas.
The Spanish Movistar Team, meanwhile, was seventeenth among the 22 participating teams, losing enough time regarding the winners of the day; those of Eusebio Unzué finished the route at 1:05 of the Jumbo-Visma.
The gala round will live on Monday its third stage, 215 kilometers between Binche and Épernay, in which runners will cross for the first time to France after two first days in Belgian lands. The last 30 kilometers, with small climbs and fast ramps, will mark the day.
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