Boy van Poppel delighted with unexpected Tour of Britain lead
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Monday, September 10, 2012

Boy van Poppel delighted with unexpected Tour of Britain lead

by Ben Atkins at 4:10 PM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling, Tour of Britain
Dutch sprinter awarded gold jersey after Luke Rowe adjudged to have lost a second in sprint

boy van poppelBoy van Poppel (UnitedHealthcare) was a somewhat surprise occupier of the race lead in the Tour of Britain at the end of stage two. The Dutch sprinter, already wearing the blue and black points jersey in lieu of stage one winner Luke Rowe (Team Sky), finished second in the bunch sprint, which gave him the lead in that competition. Having visited the podium for that jersey however, he was called back later to receive the gold one as race leader.

Rowe - who finished tenth on the stage after leading out World champion Mark Cavendish - was originally adjudged to have held on to his race lead but, having examined the finish further, the race jury decided that the British rider had lost a second on the line, which meant that he was overtaken by stage winner Leigh Howard (Orica-GreenEdge) and van Poppel.

“I was very motivated because I had the points jersey and I knew in the back of my mind that I was only a few seconds away from yellow,” said van Poppel afterwards. “So, I did everything I could to try and win today. The Team helped me perfect saving my energy during the day, and they brought me into an ideal position to the sprint.

“I managed to take 3rd today, which was enough to secure the overall lead,” he added. “I’m happy about the result and happy to have earned this for my Teammates.”

UnitedHealthcare’s directeur sportif Hendrik Redant was understandably delighted with the somewhat unusual turn of events, and paid tribute to his riders for their hard work in the stage.

“The boys were working well for van Poppel and kept him in the front of the race so he could preserve his power for the sprint,” he said. “Robert Förster took Boy to the front of the group in the final kilometres of the race, enabling Boy to sprint in ideal circumstances. He did a great job in the sprint and managed to get 3rd place.

“The boys are working hard and it is good to see their work get rewarded,” he added. This was another great day for our Team, taking both the overall and points leader’s jerseys on Day 2 of this prestigious race. The organisers have done an amazing job and the enormous crowds and their enthusiasm really help make this a special Tour.”


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