Julian Alaphilippe had to give up his yellow jersey in the Tour de France to Mathieu van de Poel after one day on Sunday.

The Frenchman is also disappointed, but greatly wishes the Dutchman.

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"Mathieu was simply too good today. It's a shame for me but he deserves it. He is a rider who practices cycling in the same way as I do. He is a nice wearer of the yellow," said Alaphilippe after the second stage with finish on the Mûr-de-Bretagne.

The 29-year-old Alaphilippe won the opening stage on Saturday with a nice attack in the last kilometers, but had to do it on Sunday with a fifth place in eight seconds from stage winner Van der Poel.

Alaphilippe is now second in the standings, eight seconds behind Van der Poel.

"I have no excuses, in fact I felt from the start of the stage that I had heavy legs. It was already going fast at the first pass, then I tried to position myself as well as possible for the final climb. But it went there too because of who had the best legs," said the Frenchman.

Alaphilippe has not lost all jerseys, because the Deceuninck-Quick-Step rider is still in the lead in the points classification.

He has sixteen points ahead of Van der Poel (66 to 50).

Alaphilippe will therefore ride in the green jersey on Monday.

On Monday it will be the turn of the sprinters for the first time in this Tour de France.

Then the peloton travels almost 183 kilometers from Lorient to Pontivy.

General classification after two stages

  • 1. Mathieu van der Poel - 8.57.25

  • 2. Julian Alaphilippe + 0.08

  • 3. Tadej Pogacar + 0.13

  • 4. Primoz Roglic + 0.14

  • 5. Wilco Kelderman + 0.24

See also: View the classifications in the Tour with Van der Poel in yellow