Adrie van der Poel could not believe his luck after the victory of his son Mathieu in the second stage of the Tour de France.

The Dutchman also took the yellow jersey on Sunday with his stage win.

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"It was even more emotional for Mathieu than for me," Adrie van der Poel said Monday morning in Lorient in conversation with NU.nl.

"He was suddenly bombed to favorite, but then you still have to do it."

"I can keep it fairly dry, but it does matter to me a lot, of course. It's just a shame that his grandfather is not there. That's the only thing. At the moments after such a victory it is extra difficult and heavy."

Van der Poel crossed the line as the winner after a volley of two attacks on both passages of the Mûr-de-Bretagne.

With tears in his eyes he pointed to heaven, to his grandfather Raymond Poulidor, who died a year and a half ago.

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'Emotional reaction Van der Poel because grandfather never wore a yellow jersey'

'You don't know what to say because of the emotion'

Due to the strict corona measures that still apply in the Tour de France, the eldest Van der Poel was unable to congratulate his son extensively.

"You can't do much, because the team doesn't really want that," continued Van der Poel.

"We talked for two minutes in the lobby of the hotel. But because of the emotion, you don't really know what to say to each other. I'm just very happy that it came together like this."

According to Van der Poel, Mathieu will "view it from day to day".

"And who knows, there may still be a chance somewhere."

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

The peloton travels almost 183 kilometers from Lorient to Pontivy.

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

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