Chaos and control – .

Chaos and control – .

Mathieu van der Poel has it all wrong. Tactically and strategically, his decisions in Stage 2 of the 2021 Tour de France seemed moving and brash. His first attack at the top of the Côte de Mûr-de-Bretagne came to nothing, but resulted in a strong but very temporary counterattack from four other favorites in the general classification. When Nairo Quintana attacked the second and final time, Van der Poel continued. Sonny Colbrelli attacked, and once again, Van der Poel did the job of stopping him.

Van der Poel’s compatriot Hennie Kuiper, two-time vice-champion of the Tour de France, was apocryphally quoted in Tim Krabbé The horseman on the theme of energy expenditure: “Running is licking your opponent’s plate before setting off on your own. Van der Poel offered his rivals a three-course meal of energy-consuming decisions.


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