Mathieu van der Poel thanked his teammates extensively at Alpecin-Fenix ​​on Sunday after his double victory in the Tour de France.

They noticed in the morning on the bus that their leader was in good spirits.

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"Great class, chapeau,

punishment, punishment

."

The Flemish Tim Merlier lacked superlatives on the Mûr-de-Bretagne to describe Van der Poel's performance.

"He already talked about it in the team bus this morning that he wanted to take the yellow. But laughing. Mathieu really intended this," said Merlier.

On Saturday in the opening stage of the Tour de France, Van der Poel was the favorite.

But De Brabander was only twentieth, well behind the unapproachable Julian Alaphilippe.

"Yesterday not many

jokes came

out. But again this morning," said Merlier.

"I think the pressure was off his shoulders after his first stage in the Tour."

An emotional Mathieu van der Poel points to the sky as he crosses the line.

An emotional Mathieu van der Poel points to the sky as he crosses the line.

Photo: AP

'Sometimes my teammates believe in me more than me and myself'

Van der Poel crossed the line very emotionally with his victory in the second stage.

He pointed to his grandfather Raymond Poulidor in heaven.

The Frenchman, who died two years ago, is widely regarded as the best general classification rider who never wore the yellow jersey.

"I have to thank my teammates," said Van der Poel at the press conference after his victory.

His eyes were still red from the tears he let go of shortly after the finish.

"Sometimes my teammates believe in me more than I do in myself. They rode strong today and prepared everything perfectly."

See also: Van der Poel in tears after conquering the yellow jersey: 'I thought of my grandfather'

'Also add yellow, it couldn't be more beautiful'

Van der Poel attacked at the first crossing of the Mûr-de-Bretagne and took eight bonus seconds there.

In the descent he was caught again.

But on the second climb, 'VDP' pulled away from the thinned peloton again and took another ten bonus seconds and with that the yellow jersey.

"He was already making jokes about it in the bus this morning," said Jasper Philipsen, another Van der Poel teammate.

"Mathieu said he was going to try it the first time on the Mûr to get the yellow."

"That he wins here is already wonderful. And then also the yellow, it couldn't be more beautiful," said Philipsen.

And Merlier: "We're definitely going to have champagne tonight."

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

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