TJALLINGII AND MAES GET THE WIND IN THEIR SAILS

The second World Ports Classic was expected to follow the same script as the inaugural edition, with a showdown of the world's best sprinters. However, just like yesterday, a lone adventurer soloed to victory in today's stage to Antwerp. Dutchman Maarten Tjallingii (Belkin) stayed clear of a 15-man group in a lively finale after blue jersey Jelle Wallays (TopSport) and the top sprinters missed the decisive move. Omega Pharma-Quick Step Belgian Nikolas Maes' third-place finish, 3? behind Tjallingii, netted him a time bonus that was enough for him to succeed fellow countryman and teammate Tom...

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The race in pictures

photo29/11/2013 

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The towns / A sporting view

Rotterdam

• Twice host to a Tour de France stage
• Population: 607,000
• Named European capital of sport in 2005

A place where exchange and openness are the keywords, the biggestport in Europe is also a major player in sporting terms. For example, it was in Rotterdam that the French football team won the final of Euro 2000. What's more, the city's leading club, Feyenoord, gave the Netherlands its first European Cup in 1970. In terms of cycling, the city witnessed Joop Zoetemelk in the Yellow Jersey in the half-stage that followed the prologue to the Tour de France in 1973. Rotterdam again welcomed the Tour de France in 2010, when the race came to visit for several days leading up to the prestigious Grand Start. During the prologue that crossed the majestic Erasmus Bridge, a symbol of the city, Fabian Cancellara beat the rest of the riders in the pack to pull on the inaugural Yellow Jersey of the Tour de France for the 4th time. The following day, the stage to Brussels was won by Alessandro Petacchi, after the riders had crossed the dykes of Zeeland and then Antwerp. This fantastic day helped to inspire the creators of the World Ports Classic.

www.rotterdam.nl
www.rotterdam.nl/bezoekdestad
www.rotterdamcityofsports.com
www.rotterdamtopsport.nl

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Antwerp

• Twice host to a Tour de France stage
• Population: 502,000
• Hosted the Olympics in 1920

Antwerp dominated international trade for centuries thanks to itsflourishing sea port and the influence of its merchants. The largest Flemish city was also the world capital of sports in 1920 when it hosted the Olympic Games. At the time, Finland's Paavo Nurmi won his first four Olympic medals, including the gold in the 10,000 m and cross country races. Since then, Antwerp has also become the capital of diamonds and rewards Antwerp's indoor tennis tournament threetime winners with a Diamond-studded tennis racket. So far, only Ivan Lendl and Amélie Mauresmo have won this racket. In terms of cycling, Antwerp is mostly famous for its velodrome, a track that attracted champions on the occasion of the famous Six Days of Antwerp. Let us not forget two other Antwerp jewels: cycling champions Wilfried Peeters and Tom Boonen were born in nearby Mol.

www.antwerpen.be
www.portofantwerp.be

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Jersey wearers after the stage 2

Classifications after the stage 2

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