Tour de France leader among the fallers due to strong winds

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It might be early days at the Tour de France, but some riders are already wearing fresh scars and plasters, in the peloton. (Photo: A.S.O/Pauline Ballet/Jered & Ashley Gruber)
It might be early days at the Tour de France, but some riders are already wearing fresh scars and plasters, in the peloton. (Photo: A.S.O/Pauline Ballet/Jered & Ashley Gruber)

Sprinter Fabio Jakobsen won stage two of the Tour de France on Saturday, vindicating his Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl team's decision to select him ahead of Mark Cavendish.

Jakobsen edged Jumbo-Visma's Wout van Aert, who took the overall leader's yellow jersey after the 202.2km run from Roskilde to Nyborg in Denmark that included a treacherous crossing of the 18km-long Great Belt Bridge.

Dutch rider Jakobsen's win means Quick-Step have two victories in as many days, after they chose against picking veteran Cavendish, a 34-time Tour de France stage winner.

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Riders rolling through rural Denmark, during stage 2. Wind was an issue, on parts of the route. (Photo: A.S.O/Pauline Ballet/Jered & Ashley Gruber)

The leader goes down

Denmark's Mads Pederson was third to give local fans double reason to celebrate as another Dane, Magnus Cort Nielsen, sporting a handlebar moustache, won the climber's points jersey along the way.

The main feature of the race was crossing the Great Belt Bridge, where overall leader Yves Lampaert was one of many fallers in strong winds. Located in one of the Danish Straits, the bridge is an engineering wonder, but also very exposed to wind shifts, as the peloton discovered. 

A day after an awe-inspiring wall of sound reverberated around Copenhagen, rural Denmark also turned out in raucous droves to roar on the riders in bright sunshine.

The peloton set off from chic Roskilde, known as the garden of Copenhagen, with its galleries and festivals. Huge youthful crowds gave the race quite a send-off. 


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