Carnage at the Tour de France! Yellow jersey rider Yves Lampaert is involved in a nasty peloton pile-up… but the Belgian manages to get back on his bike to complete second stage in Denmark
- Belgian rider Yves Lampaert won Friday’s time trial to take the yellow jersey
- His race was going to plan on Saturday, until he crashed in the closing stage
- Despite the heavy fall, he managed to get back to his feet to complete the stage
- Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl’s Fabio Jakobsen went on to win the stage in Denmark
A huge crash took down yellow jersey rider Yves Lampaert on stage two of the Tour de France on Saturday.
Lampaert was a somewhat surprising winner of the opening time trial on Friday, earning himself the treasured maillot jaune.
However, stage two did not go according to plan for the Belgian as he was brought down when the leading group went over the Great Belt Bridge in Denmark.
Yves Lampaert went down along with several other riders in a big crash on Saturday
Fortunately, Lampaert was able to get back on his bike and complete the stage
A number of other riders also hit the ground as crosswinds caused issues for the peloton.
Lampaert regained his composure quickly, and after initially pedalling tentatively when he got back on his bike, he was able to pick up his speed again and rejoin the main pack.
The crash also occurred in the final 2.5 kilometres, meaning that none of the riders lost any time.
Two-time winner Tadej Pogacar managed to stay out of danger as he goes in search of a third straight triumph in road cycling’s biggest race.
Lampaert took the yellow jersey after winning the opening time trial on Friday
The stage was won by Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl’s Fabio Jakobsen, who held off Wout van Aert and Mads Pedersen in a sprint finish.
Jakobsen was given the nod over Britain’s Mark Cavendish for this year’s tour, despite the Manx Missile holding the joint-record with Eddy Merckx for the most Tour de France stage wins.
The Dutchman is making his Tour debut less than two years after being involved in a horror crash at the Tour of Poland which left him fighting for his life, and he repaid his team’s faith in him.
Fabio Jakobsen went on to win the second stage in a sprint finish in Denmark