Today’s Tour de France stage winner had never won a professional bike race before. Belgian rider Jan Bakelants, a 27-year-old who races for the American RadioShack team, got into a small break with about three miles to go. The others in his group were caught, but Bakelants didn’t look back and kept grinding ahead alone. He crossed the finish line only one second ahead of the sprinting pack, winning Stage 2 and taking over the yellow leader’s jersey.
“I can’t believe it,” Bakelants said at the finish line in Ajaccio on the French island of Corsica. “I was pushing the 11. It didn’t look good but it was fast.”
What an amazing day for this guy’s cycling career.