Hethers Fabio Jacobsen edged Wut van Aert right on the line to win the second stage of the Tour de France, while Van Aert took the yellow jersey on Saturday.
The Tour stage victory was the first for Jacobsen and the second in two days for the Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl team after Yves Lampertwin Friday’s time trial.
But Van Aert took the yellow jersey for the first time with a six-second bonus for second place, one second ahead of Lampart overall.
“It is a great pleasure for me to wear a jersey. I tried many times to get it. I am very happy and proud, Van Aert said.
“This is the biggest cycling race in the world, so of course I will try to protect it.
“We have big ambitions.
Two-time reigning champion Tadej Pogacar remained third overall and eight seconds behind Van Aert.
Pogacar remained nine seconds ahead of his main rival Roglic, which ranks eighth overall. They both finished in the main package and did not break away from each other. Roglic finished second at the 2020 Tour and won the last three Spanish Vueltas.
Van Aert seemed set to win after overtaking a Danish hope Mads Petersenbut Jacobsen rushed past him with great speed. Pedersen took third place.
The third stage on Sunday is again for sprinters. It starts at Vejle on the Jutland peninsula and ends at Sonderborg in southern Denmark after 182 kilometers of plains.