Tour de France 2021: Stage 2 Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

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INTRO

Climbs of Stage 2 (Hilly) 
1) Côte de Sainte-Barbe  - category 4; Anthony Perez (FR)
2) Côte de Pordic - category 4; Ide Schelling (NED)
3) Côte de Saint-Brieuc  - category 4; Edward Theuns (BEL)
4) Côte du Village de Mûr-de-Bretagne -  category 4; Edward Theuns (BEL)
5) Mure-de-Bretagne (category 3, climbed twice) - First Pass:  Mathieu Van der Poel (BEL) and Tadej Pogacar (SLO); Second pass:   Mathieu Van der Poel (BEL) 

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Graph, profile grid, elevation, distance chart, Tour de France 2021, Stage 2, Perros-Guirec to Mur-de-Bretagne Guerledan

TOUR DE FRANCE STAGE 2:  HILLY STAGE

183 km / 2241m

PERROS-GUIREC > MÛR-DE-BRETAGNE GUERLÉDAN

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STANDINGS AFTER STAGE 21 (July 18)

Individual standings

Rider

Time

gap

Team

1

Tadej Pogacar (SLO)

82h 56’ 36”

UAE Team Emirates

2

Jonas Vingegaard (DEN)

83h 01” 56”

00h 05' 20"

Jumbo-Visma

3

Richard Carapaz (ECU)

83h 03’ 39”

00h 07’ 03”

Ineos Grenadiers

KOM Standing

Rider

KOM Points

Country

Team

1

Tadej Pogacar

107

Slovenia

UAE Team Emirates

2

Wouter Poels

88

Netherlands

Bahrain Victorious

3

Jonas Vingegaard

82

Denmark

Jumbo-Visma

KOM CORNER

Pre-Race Official TdF Summary: 

“Following his absolute domination of La Fosse aux Loups at the end of stage 1, Julian Alaphilippe downplayed his chances to do the same again at Mûr-de-Bretagne, saying that the iconic climb in the centre of Brittany isn’t his favourite, even though he came fourth up there in 2018 [behind Dan Martin, Pierre Latour and Alejandro Valverde who are in contention again]. Mûr-de-Bretagne is also the place that revealed his exceptional skills as a punchy rider as he came fifth at the 2012 Tour de Bretagne with no international racing experience yet. There’ll be two ascents of the climb with time bonus awarded the first time. This is the fourth stage finish at Mûr-de-Bretagne in ten years. Cadel Evans in 2011, Alexis Vuillermoz in 2015 and Martin await their successor.”  letour.fr - Stage 2 pre-race summary

Post-Race Official TdF Summary: 

“Mathieu van der Poel came up with a masterpiece at the top of Mûr-de-Bretagne. He rode for the time bonus at the first passage before winning stage 2 solo to take the yellow jersey that his grand-father Raymond Poulidor never had in his prestigious career.

Six riders in the lead

180 riders took the start of stage 2 in Perros-Guirec at 13.22. One non-starter: Marc Soler (Movistar). Loïc Vliegen (Intermarché-Wanty Gobert) was the first attacker but after the reaction of the peloton, Anthony Perez (Cofidis) entered in action for the second straight day. Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo), Simon Clarke (Qhubeka-Nexthash) and Jonas Koch (Intermarché-Wanty Gobert) came in help and a six-man front group was formed at km 18 with polka dot jersey holder Ide Schelling (Bora-Hansgrohe) who counter-attacked three times and Jérémy Cabot (TotalEnergies). They got a maximum lead of 4’ at km 40.5. Tim Declercq set the pace of the peloton for Deceuninck-Quick Step. The fight was on for the King of the Mountains competition. Perez bettered Schelling at côte de Sainte-Barbe (km 72) to take the virtual lead of the KOM once again. The Dutchman took his revenge in the côte de Pordic (km 103).

Theuns the most combative of the day

Perez and Schelling neutralised each other before the hill of Saint-Brieuc where Theuns attacked by himself. The Belgian crested in first place before Cabot came across to him in the middle of the huge crowd in the prefecture of the Côtes d’Armor department. Koch remained in between while Perez, Schelling and Clarke – who slipped in a downhill – were brought back by the pack. Cabot and Theuns approached the last 30km with an advantage of 1’30’’. Theuns went solo 21km before the finish as the peloton was only 25’’ behind. He took the 1 KOM point up for grabs at the côte du village de Mûr-de-Bretagne and it was all together with 18km to go.

Two finishes for MVDP

Van der Poel attacked at the foot of the first ascent to Mûr-de-Bretagne 17km before the end. It enabled him to take 8’’ bonus on the first passage while Tadej Pogacar (5’’), Primoz Roglic (2’’) and Julian Alaphilippe crossed the line in that order. Approximately 80 riders were reunited for the last lap, led by Ineos Grenadiers. Richie Porte was still at the helm of the reduced group with 1.2km to go when Nairo Quintana sped up for a little while. Italian champion Sonny Colbrelli attacked 900 metres before the line and was soon countered by van der Poel. No one managed to catch the Dutchman who won with an advantage of 6’’ over the Slovenian duo formed of Pogacar and Roglic, again in that order. Fifth at 8’’, Alaphilippe lost the Maillot Jaune to van der Poel.” letour.fr - Stage 2 Summary

Stage 2 Climbs:

Category

Winner

Points Awarded

Bonus points

Strava KOM

Time/speed

Côte de Sainte-Barbe

4

Anthony Perez (FR)

1

n/a

Pic Bal

1:34 / 21.2mph

Côte de Pordic

4

Ide Schelling (NED)

1

unk

n/a

Côte de Saint-Brieuc

4

Edward Theuns (BEL)

1

Cedric Quero

2:29 / 15.6 mph

Côte du Village de Mur-de-Bretagne

4

Edward Theuns (BEL)

1

unk

n/a

Côte de Bretagne (1)

3

Mathieu Van der Poel (BEL) and Tadej Pogacar (SLO)

2

Bala 1

3:49 / 19 mph

Côte de Bretagne (2)

3

Mathieu Van der Poel (BEL)

2

Bala 1

3:49 / 19 mph

“Mathieu van der Poel came up with a masterpiece at the top of Mûr-de-Bretagne. He rode for the time bonus at the first passage before winning stage 2 solo to take the yellow jersey that his grand-father Raymond Poulidor never had in his prestigious career.

Six riders in the lead

180 riders took the start of stage 2 in Perros-Guirec at 13.22. One non-starter: Marc Soler (Movistar). Loïc Vliegen (Intermarché-Wanty Gobert) was the first attacker but after the reaction of the peloton, Anthony Perez (Cofidis) entered in action for the second straight day. Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo), Simon Clarke (Qhubeka-Nexthash) and Jonas Koch (Intermarché-Wanty Gobert) came in help and a six-man front group was formed at km 18 with polka dot jersey holder Ide Schelling (Bora-Hansgrohe) who counter-attacked three times and Jérémy Cabot (TotalEnergies). They got a maximum lead of 4’ at km 40.5. Tim Declercq set the pace of the peloton for Deceuninck-Quick Step. The fight was on for the King of the Mountains competition. Perez bettered Schelling at côte de Sainte-Barbe (km 72) to take the virtual lead of the KOM once again. The Dutchman took his revenge in the côte de Pordic (km 103).

Theuns the most combative of the day

Perez and Schelling neutralised each other before the hill of Saint-Brieuc where Theuns attacked by himself. The Belgian crested in first place before Cabot came across to him in the middle of the huge crowd in the prefecture of the Côtes d’Armor department. Koch remained in between while Perez, Schelling and Clarke – who slipped in a downhill – were brought back by the pack. Cabot and Theuns approached the last 30km with an advantage of 1’30’’. Theuns went solo 21km before the finish as the peloton was only 25’’ behind. He took the 1 KOM point up for grabs at the côte du village de Mûr-de-Bretagne and it was all together with 18km to go.

Two finishes for MVDP

Van der Poel attacked at the foot of the first ascent to Mûr-de-Bretagne 17km before the end. It enabled him to take 8’’ bonus on the first passage while Tadej Pogacar (5’’), Primoz Roglic (2’’) and Julian Alaphilippe crossed the line in that order. Approximately 80 riders were reunited for the last lap, led by Ineos Grenadiers. Richie Porte was still at the helm of the reduced group with 1.2km to go when Nairo Quintana sped up for a little while. Italian champion Sonny Colbrelli attacked 900 metres before the line and was soon countered by van der Poel. No one managed to catch the Dutchman who won with an advantage of 6’’ over the Slovenian duo formed of Pogacar and Roglic, again in that order. Fifth at 8’’, Alaphilippe lost the Maillot Jaune to van der Poel.” letour.fr - Stage 2 Summary

STAGE 2 DETAILS AND STATISTICS

Map of 2021 Tour de France Stage 2, Perros-Guirec to Mur-de-Bretagne Guerledan

Official Map of 2021 Tour de France Stage 2. 

Stage 2:

  • Distance: 183 kilometers
  • Altitude Gained: 2,241 meters
  • Percentage Grade:
  • 49% flat or descent
  • 45% 0-5%
  • 5% 5-10%
  • < 1% 10-15%
  • Steepest (on Mure-de-Bretagne):
  • 500 meters 11.8%
  • 1 Kilometer 10%
  • Highest Point on the Route:  295 meters
  • Lowest Point on the Route:  2 meters

COMMENTS FROM RACE DIRECTOR CHRISTIAN PRUDHOMME - STAGE 2:

“After a first part allowing to appreciate the wild and unique beauty of the Côte de Granit rose, the course heads inland towards a mouthwatering final section: the double climb up the Côte de Mûr-de-Bretagne will be an unforgiving judge especially because the riders will start the climb almost stopped, without that momentum that the former course had to offer”  (Tour de France Stage 2). 

THE CLIMBS OF STAGE 2 OF THE 2021 TOUR DE FRANCE

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CLIMB 1 (CAT 4) - VC CÔTE DE SAINTE-BARBE

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CLIMB 2 (CAT 4) - CÔTE DE PORDIC

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CLIMB 3 (CAT 4) - CÔTE DE SAINT-BRIEUC

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CLIMB 4 (CAT 3) - D767 CÔTE DU VILLAGE DE MÛR-DE-BRETAGNE

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CLIMB 5 (CAT 3 / x2 / BONUS POINTS) - MÛR-DE-BRETAGNE

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Note:  This climb is ascended twice at the end of Stage 2

EXPLANATION OF KING OF MOUNTAIN, KOM POINTS AND BONUS POINTS

FOR THE 2021 TOUR DE FRANCE

KOM DEFINED:  Climb-related points are accumulated during the race and the rider with the most accumulated points at the beginning of the stage wears the red polka dot jersey that day and the rider with the most points at the end of the race is crowned that year’s Tour de France King of the Mountains.

“Category”:  When the mountain classification (King of the Mountains) was introduced in 1933, there were points given to the first 10 riders over the summit (10 for first, 1 for 10th).  In 1947, the Tour introduced two climb “categories” with a certain amount of points for the second category and twice as many as for the first category.  Over the years “categories” were added, in addition to an “Above” category (Hors or HC) and since 1979 there have been an HC (hardest), Category 1 (second hardest) on down to Category 4 (least difficult climb).

The category of the climb is significant for 2 reasons:

  • The points awarded for the TdF KOM for each climb is based upon the category of climb - thus, “category” is the basis for the points that are used to determine each year’s King of the Mountains.
  • Most cycling fans, particularly Grand Tour fans, are very interested in the climb “category” because that tells them how hard each climb on a stage is and where the riders will struggle more and the point in a stage where that day, or even the entire tour, will be won or lost.

KOM HISTORY:  King of the Mountains -- Mountain Classification victories (first recognized in 1933; jersey introduced 1975)

POINTS:  KOM points are awarded in two ways on the Tour de France:

  •  To riders first over the summit of categorized climbs (in descending order HC, 1-4).  
  • The higher the category the more riders receive points (HC points are awarded to 8 riders while CAT 4 points are awarded to only 1 rider).
  • Bonus point (see below).

TDF POINTS FORMULA:

Wikipedia has the best summary and graph we’ve seen for TdF KOM points distribution:

he points gained by consecutive riders reaching a mountain top are distributed according to the following classification:

Wikipedia - Mountains Classification - Tour de France

BONUS POINTS:  These points go towards the King of the Mountain designation and are awarded to the first (8 points), second (5) and third (2) riders reaching designated summits in the race.  

This year’s bonus points are given at the top of the following climbs:

Stage 2: Mûr-de-Bretagne (first passage)

Stage 7: Signal d’Uchon

Stage 8: Col de la Colombière

Stage 11: Mont Ventoux, second passage

Stage 14: Col de Saint-Louis

Stage 15: Col de Beixalis

MONEY PRIZES FOR KING OF THE MOUNTAINS

  • Prize for First to 4th place:
  • Winner = €25,000
  • 2nd = €15,000
  • 3rd = €10,000
  • 4th = €4,000, 5th €3,500, 6th €3,000, 7th €2,500, and 8th €2,000
  • Daily prize for wearing the Polka Dot jersey = €6,000
  • Per category climb:
  • HC
  • 1st = €800
  • 2nd = €450
  • 3rd = €300
  • Cat 1
  • 1st = €650
  • 2nd = €400
  • 3rd = €150
  • Cat 2
  • 1st = €500
  • 2nd = €250
  • Cat 3
  • 1st = €300
  • Cat 4
  • 1st = €200

Jacques Goddet Souvenir (Stage 18 Col du Tourmalet) = €5000

Henri Desgrange Souvenir (Stage 15 Port D’Envalira) = €5000

The maximum amount the KOM winner could earn if he won every stage and wore the jersey from Stage 2 to the finish is $178,250 Euros ($217,351)