The Tour de France opened yesterday (Saturday) on a stormy day of accidents and crashes and tonight it continued with the second section, which was much more “relaxed” and ended with a victory for Dutchman Matthew van der Paul, who now holds the yellow shirt he took from Julian Alafilip who won the first section.
The 25-year-old Van der Paul crossed the finish line after 4:18:30 hours ahead of the two favorite Slovenian riders, reigning champion Tadei Fogchar who came second and his deputy Primoz Roglic who finished third – both six seconds behind the winner. Alafilip came two seconds behind them, in fifth place.
Immediately after the victory, van der Paul dedicated the victory to his French grandfather, former rider Raymond Polydor, who never got to hold the yellow shirt, even though he was on the podium eight times. His father, Edri van der Paul, had actually done so in the past and thus the two became the father and son of the first to wear the yellow shirt at the prestigious bicycle competition in France.
When it comes to the Israeli “Startup Nation” group, the Canadian Michael Woods was the senior rider in the segment and finished in 11th place. Dan Martin took 40th place, Omar Goldstein, as the only Israeli in the column, finished in 114th place. Chris Fromm, who chose to continue competing despite being injured in the first section, came in only 138th.