Mathieu van der Poel gave the peloton a demonstration of power on Tuesday, storming to a second straight Tour de Suisse stage win that gave him the overall lead. The Dutch Alpencin rider left France’s world champion Julian Alaphilippe trailing in his wake when he made his final dash for the finish line to take another 10 bonus seconds and top spot on the general classification.

Van der Poel and Alaphilippe had made vigorous attempts to shake off the peloton over the final 30 miles but team Ineos, with on form Rohan Dennis supporting Richard Carapaz, reeled them in.

“I had a good day again,” said Van der Poel, who confirmed he would make his Tour de France debut late in June and contest the Olympic mountain bike event in July.

“I’d like to keep the jersey (overall lead) as long as possible, but in the mountains it’ll be tough,” he said with one fairly flat stage remaining before the business end of the race takes the peloton to altitude.

“I could win tomorrow, everything is possible, and someone has to win right,” Van der Poel said when asked if he could make it a triple on Wednesday.

Grandson of the French Tour de France legend Raymond Poulidor, cross-code racer Van der Poel last competed on the road when he came second on the Tour of Flanders in April before concentrating on his Olympic mountain bike qualification.


1 VAN DER POEL Mathieu Alpecin-Fenix 4:24:26
2 LAPORTE Christophe Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 0:00
3 ALAPHILIPPE Julian Deceuninck – Quick Step 0:00
4 MATTHEWS Michael Team BikeExchange 0:00
5 SCHACHMANN Maximilian BORA – hansgrohe 0:00
6 KAMP Alexander Trek – Segafredo 0:00
7 BENOOT Tiesj Team DSM 0:00
8 FRAILE Omar Astana – Premier Tech 0:00
9 TURGIS Anthony Team Total Direct Energie 0:00
10 WOODS Michael Israel Start-Up Nation 0:00


1 VAN DER POEL Mathieu Alpecin-Fenix 8:49:14
2 ALAPHILIPPE Julian Deceuninck – Quick Step 0:01
3 KÜNG Stefan Groupama – FDJ 0:04
4 SCHACHMANN Maximilian BORA – hansgrohe 0:06
5 CATTANEO Mattia Deceuninck – Quick Step 0:13
6 GARCÍA CORTINA Iván Movistar Team 0:16
7 CARAPAZ Richard INEOS Grenadiers 0:17
8 POWLESS Neilson EF Education – Nippo 0:29
9 KRON Andreas Lotto Soudal 0:37
10 URÁN Rigoberto EF Education – Nippo 0:39


RBA/AFP Photos: Bettini

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