Dumoulin falls in second Tour stage: ‘Stupid, but no damage’

A great moment in the final phase of the second stage: Tom Dumoulin crashes uphill. He says he hasn’t suffered any damage

“Stupid”, Dumoulin describes his fall. “I don’t really know exactly what happened. I looked to my left for a moment. Maybe that’s why I swerved a little to the right. Then Kwiatkowski came and drove my steering wheel out of my hands.”

The Dutch classification rider hasn’t suffered any significant damage. “Fortunately I didn’t really hurt myself. I bumped my knee a bit, but I think it’s okay. My right knee hurts the most, but I think it will come loose. Let’s not blow it up,” Dumoulin puts into perspective

No loss of time

The Jumbo-Visma rider could quickly rejoin the group of favorites. “It happened in the final of the stage and then I’m full of adrenaline. The fall happened before I knew it and before I knew it, I was back”

Watch the fall of Dumoulin in the second stage:

Wout Poels was standing despite a tear in his rib and two bruises on his lungs at the start of the second stage. On the Turini he said he had a tough time. “And from there it was still quite a long way to the finish,” he said after the finish

“I feel my back, where the tear is, and I also had trouble breathing. The doctors said it couldn’t hurt to start, but that’s easier said than done. It is now hoped that every day it will be a little better.”

Poels crossed the line in 129th place, more than 25 minutes from the winner

The win in the second stage went to Julian Alaphilippe. The Frenchman dedicated the victory to his father who died in June. “I wanted that so badly. It played through my head all the time to the finish.”

Alaphilippe didn’t win a single race this season. “It’s been a special year”, he looked back. “I’ve always worked hard, despite all the difficult moments.”

It’s the fifth stage victory in the Tour de France for the 28 year old rider from Deceuninck-QuickStep. “A victory in the Tour is always special. There weren’t many riders left on the final climb. I didn’t think about it and went in full. I had nothing to lose.”

Thanks to the victory Alaphilippe also took over the lead in the general classification from Alexander Kristoff