Mathieu van der Poel expects that he will lose his yellow jersey on Wednesday.

The Alpecin-Fenix ​​rider is nevertheless very proud of the team's performance in the first days of the Tour de France.

"I think it's very special how we perform as a team here in the Tour," said Van der Poel on Tuesday after the fourth stage.

"We started with a small cyclocross team more than ten years ago. Now we have the yellow jersey in the Tour."

The Belgian team was founded in 2009 as BKCP-Powerplus and is now called Alpecin-Fenix ​​after a few name changes.

This year, the team will compete in the three Grand Tours for the first time.

Belgian sprinter Tim Merlier won a stage in the Giro d'Italia and Van der Poel and Merlier were victorious in the Tour on Sunday and Monday.

"It's a great success story," says Van der Poel.

"I hope it continues like this for years to come, because this team feels like a second home to me."

Alpecin-Fenix ​​had to settle for third place on Tuesday from Jasper Philipsen (second from left) in the bunch sprint won by Mark Cavendish.

Alpecin-Fenix ​​had to settle for third place on Tuesday from Jasper Philipsen (second from left) in the bunch sprint won by Mark Cavendish.

Photo: ANP

Van der Poel has trained little on time trial

Van der Poel does expect that the success story will come to an end on Wednesday for the time being.

He assumes that he will lose his yellow jersey in the 27 kilometer time trial in Brittany.

"I will do everything I can to ride a good time trial, but you have to be realistic. A time trial is something for specialists and I have not trained much on it."

Van der Poel rode two time trials this year, in which he finished 67th (Tirreno-Adriatico) and 25th (Tour of Switzerland).

"It will be difficult to keep the yellow jersey."

"But it's already a great Tour for us. I enjoyed riding in the yellow jersey again today. We will keep trying to win a stage."

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

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