Team Sunweb’s Tom Dumoulin crosses the line safely after a chaotic final to the Tour de France’s second stage, with no result in the sprint possible as Michael Matthews was brought down in a crash with 2.5 kilometres to go.
Three riders jumped ahead of the peloton, with only one rider going forward after the day’s only king of the mountain points were contested. The solo rider went on to hold a three minute advantage over the main field, where Team Sunweb rode protecting Tom Dumoulin throughout the stage.
The race came back together with 12 kilometres to go and the team moved up to the front of the peloton. Nikias Arndt brought Michael Matthews into position for the sprint, but a crash at 2.5 kilometres to go saw Michael down and out of contention for a stage result. Tom crossed the line in 16th position, 12 seconds down on the stage winner with Michael rolling home a short while later, after receiving mechanical assistance after the crash.
Michael said: “Today was another hectic day. We rode well together as a team and tried to set up the final for the sprint. With around two to go there was a crash on the inside of a corner, we were on the outside but everyone just came down like a domino effect across the road. It took me out but I finished my race.”
Tom said: “A few guys miscalculated the corner but luckily Michael is ok. It’s a missed chance as it was a nice finish for him which is a shame. With wide roads where everybody can move up it becomes more dangerous. I was in good position thanks to the team all day and I’m feeling fine so far. Of course it’s stressful and hectic but I knew that upfront when I come to the Tour. Today it was super difficult to stay in the front. We survived without damage again, it’s rubbish that Michael was involved in the crash, that’s racing.”