Tim Merlier wins Tour de France stage 3, Roglic and Thomas crash, Van de Poel keeps Yellow
Jun 28 2021 11:34 pm CET

Tim Merlier wins Tour de France stage 3, Roglic and Thomas crash, Van de Poel keeps Yellow
Tim Merlier wins Tour de France stage 3, Roglic and Thomas crash, Van de Poel keeps Yellow
Tour de France

Tim Merlier (Alpecin-Fenix) has taken the victory at the third stage of the Tour de France, which had a lot of crashes, while Mathieu van der Poel remains on top of GC.

The third stage of the French grand tour took the riders over a 182.9-kilometre route between Lorient and Pontivy -place of birth of the President of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) David Lappartient, and that was bound to finish in a bunch sprint.

Ide Schelling, Maxime Chevalier, Cyril Barthe, Michael Schär and Jele Wallays formed the escape of the day while in the pack teams like Deceuninck-Quick-Step, Alpecin-Fenix, DSM, Lotto Soudal, Groupama FDJ and Bora-hansgrohe took turns to force a fast finish for their sprinters.

On the first part of the stage, there was a crash that affected riders like Geraint Thomas, Steven Kruiswijk and forcer Robert Gesink to retire.

When Schelling took the points possible to regain the lead of the King of the Mountains classification, he dropped from the breakaway and returned to the pack, and eventually only Barthe, Schär and Wallays remained in front.

At 12 kilometres from the finish, Madouas, Miguel Angel Lopez and David Gaudu were involved in a crash and three kilometres later, it was Primoz Roglic the rider that hit the deck. With five kilometres to go, the escape group was caught while in the back there was another crash that involved riders like Arnaud Demare and Jack Haig.

The peloton was reduced by the crashes but still some of the favourites for the stage remained there. Alpecin-Fenix crated a sprint train and behind them Peter Sagan and Caleb Ewan positioned themselves, but on the last curve the Australian crashed and took the former World Champion with him. This caused an interruption of the sprint in the riders behind, which benefited Tim Merlier, who won with ease.

Mathieu van der Poel remains on top of the General Classification. Tadej Pogacar crossed the finish line 26 seconds behind, while López and Roglic one minute and 28 seconds.




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