BRUSSELS – BRUSSELS
The second Grand Départ held in Brussels after the one in 1958 will honor one of the country’s specialties: sprinting! Despite the fact that the day’s visit will take the riders on the roads of the Flemish classics, the perspective of a bunched finish in front of the Royal Palace remains the most likely. But a solo exploit can’t be excluded.
– C. Prudhomme
After a hectic final 10 miles Jumbo Visma’s Mike Teunissen outsprinted Peter Sagan in the uphill finale. The Dutchman made his move in the final 150 meters after his teammate Dylan Groenewegen was caught in a big pile-up 1 kilometer from the line. Teunissen will become the first Dutchman to wear the yellow jersey in 30 years during stage two’s team time trial.`
“It feels like a dream come true. I’ve thought about this since I was a child, I’m not that good a cyclist, I never thought I’d actually be a pro.” Teunissen said “After Dylan (Groenewegen) went down it was really fortunate I was there.”
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