Mathieu van der Poel hauls back gap on climb to take Tour de Suisse stage victory

Mathieu van der Poel hauls back gap on climb to take Tour de Suisse stage victory



Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) may have just stepped back onto the road after a stint on the mountain bike but he’s already made it to the top step of the podium, taking victory on stage 2 of the Tour de Suisse after hauling himself back into contention despite being gapped on the final climb.

A little over seven kilometres out from the line and it looked like the rain soaked stage to Lachen may well have been riding away from the Dutch champion after world champion Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) delivered a fierce attack on the 2.4 kilometre climb with an average gradient of nearly nine percent. It was an effort that split the field, with van der Poel initially struggling to respond even though he felt that this was a day where the Classic-like terrain and his form meant he could make a mark.



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