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Tour de France 2019: Jumbo-Visma dominate Stage 2 team TT to win comfortably

Martin James
7 Jul 2019

Dutch team a massive 20 seconds quicker than Team Ineos to extend Mike Teunissen's overall lead

Jumbo-Visma kept Mike Teunissen in the yellow jersey with a masterly performance to win Stage 2 of the 2019 Tour de France, a 27.2km team time-trial in Brussels.

The bonus seconds from Teunissen’s stage win yesterday gave the Dutch team a buffer to play with over the likes of Team Ineos and Deceuninck-QuickStep, but in the end they didn’t need it.

Jumbo-Visma were a full 20 seconds quicker than Team Ineos at the finish, to make it two out of two so far this year, and give an early boost to Steven Kruijswijk’s GC ambitions.

Deceuninck-QuickStep were third, less than a second slower than Ineos, then came Katusha-Alpecin and Sunweb.

After yesterday’s road stage opener, the second instalment of the Grand Depart was a team time-trial, also based around Brussels, continuing the tribute to the great Eddy Merckx 50 years after he won his first Tour.

Interestingly, the great Belgian never won a Tour team time-trial, though to be fair he never had the chance, with the format not featuring in any of the Tours he rode.

Team Ineos have also never won a Tour TTT, though unlike Merckx that isn’t for lack of trying.

On paper the format suits the Sky/Ineos ‘marginal gains’ mantra perfectly, yet Dave Brailsford’s men have never managed to get this synchronised ballet in carbon and Lycra quite right.

Ineos were first on the road, the reverse overall order of the team classification throwing up a slightly disjointed starting order after just a single road stage yesterday.

And for a long time it looked like their time of 29min 17sec would prevail, as team after team came in unable to match their effort.

Jumbo-Visma were always likely to challenge for the stage win given they have the likes of Tony Martin in their lineup and were defending the yellow jersey.

But several other teams were also tipped to challenge in this race against the clock, only to disappoint. Bahrain-Merida (9th) and Astana (10th) would probably have been hoping for better, while Mitchelton-Scott (11th) and Movistar (17th) definitely would have been.

So Ineos had plenty of reasons to be happy with their performance, but from the moment Jumbo-Visma passed through the first time check, it was clear there was only going to be one winner.