Le Tour de France Stage 2

RadioShack Leopard Trek in Yellow with Jan Bakelants

Stage 2 of the Tour de France traversed the Corsica mountains and ended in a short uphill where RadioShack Leopard Trek’s Jan Bakelants held off the sprinters and won his first Tour de France stage.

"I could see in the final that it’s going to happen and I knew I would probably also take this yellow jersey. Maybe it will be the first and the last time in my career, but today I wear it. I saw in the last 500 meters that I still had a gap and I told myself, ‘Come on, hold this. It’s going to be the nicest day of your life!’ And then I did it,” he said.


Stage 2 Win on SRM

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Bakelant finished the 156 km stage in just over 3:43:11 with an average power of 213 watts. He averaged over 40 kph with an averaged cadence of 72 rpm and a 142 bpm average heartrate.

The course featured over 2,000 meters of elevation gain requiring approximately 3,000 kilocalories. 

Race Averages

Time 3:43:11 min
AVG Power 212.5 watts
AVG Heart rate 142 bpm
AVG Speed 40 kph
AVG Cadence 72 rpm
ALT Gain 2,026 meters
Distance 156 kilometers
Energy 3,078.28 kilojoules

Final Race Markers

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Bakelants took off with a kilometer to go, and managed to hang on ahead of Peter Sagan (Cannondale) and Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma - Quick-Step).

In the final 2 kilometers Jan averaged nearly 510 watts! A remarkable performance with an average speed of over 52 kph to the finish. 


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