Dumoulin in White After Exciting Tour Stage 2!
July 5, 2015
Team Giant-Alpecin’s young star Tom Dumoulin leads the Best Young Rider classification at the Tour de France, following a strong ride in Sunday’s Stage 2, which featured challenging conditions that saw a handful of key contenders lose ground. Dumoulin finished 8th in the 166km windswept stage, taking the white jersey and moving up to third overall in the General Classification.
“I only enjoyed the first 20km today, with all the amazing crowds in The Netherlands,” said Dumoulin, who rode the new TCR Advanced SL. “After that, the Tour started with all its chaos and stress. I fought for my position all day, which went quite well as the split took place behind me. That was not just luck.”
Dumoulin’s teammate Warren Barguil—who is shooting for a high overall GC placing in his first Tour de France—also made the split, avoiding crashes and trouble to stay near the front of the field. The Frenchman finished 10th, and gained some time on rivals who were caught behind the split.
“It was a hectic day and a big pleasure for me to start my first regular stage at the Tour de France,” Barguil said. “I was lucky because I wasn’t involved in a crash today, I was really scared of that during the race.”
Now the team turns its attention to Stage 3, sure to be another action-packed day with a finish atop the Mur de Huy—a short, steep and punchy climb where the annual Flèche-Wallonne spring classic usually finishes.
“Now I have the white jersey, which feels good and is nice,” Dumoulin said. “I hope I can go for yellow now, I will fight and will do my best.”