TOUR DE FRANCE 2021 STAGE 3 RESULTS SAGAN, EWAN, THOMAS, ROGLIC CRASH HARD
Race favorites Primoz Roglic and Geraint Thomas, as well as ace sprinters Peter Sagan and Caleb Ewan were all involved in nasty crashes before Tim Merlier won a drama-filled stage three of the Tour de France on Monday with one manager making a passionate plea for new safety measures. Merlier’s teammate Mathieu van der Poel kept hold of the overall lead on a brutal day of racing peppered with falls on the rain-slick, narrow winding roads in Brittany with Thomas dislocating a shoulder and 2020 runner-up Roglic losing valuable time.
Yellow jersey wearer van der Poel cut a dour figure compared to the tear-filled elation he experienced after winning Sunday’s stage two.
“It was a very fast, technical run-in with all the general classification guys racing for their places, it’s difficult to say anything now,” said van der Poel.
“It’s a big race, (in the) overall standings guys fighting against sprinters, for sure it’s a dangerous sport,” said the Dutch Alpecin rider in muted celebrations after he not only retained the yellow jersey but also led out Merlier’s sprint train.
TOUR DE FRANCE STAGE 3 RESULTS
|3||BOUHANNI Nacer||Team Arkéa Samsic||0:00|
|4||BALLERINI Davide||Deceuninck – Quick Step||0:00|
|5||COLBRELLI Sonny||Bahrain – Victorious||0:00|
|6||ALAPHILIPPE Julian||Deceuninck – Quick Step||0:00|
|7||VAN DER POEL Mathieu||Alpecin-Fenix||0:00|
|8||BOL Cees||Team DSM||0:00|
|9||TURGIS Anthony||Team TotalEnergies||0:00|
|10||WALSCHEID Max||Team Qhubeka NextHash||0:00|
|1||VAN DER POEL Mathieu||Alpecin-Fenix||12:58:53|
|2||ALAPHILIPPE Julian||Deceuninck – Quick Step||0:08|
|3||CARAPAZ Richard||INEOS Grenadiers||0:31|
|4||VAN AERT Wout||Team Jumbo-Visma||0:31|
|5||KELDERMAN Wilco||BORA – hansgrohe||0:38|
|6||POGAČAR Tadej||UAE-Team Emirates||0:39|
|7||MAS Enric||Movistar Team||0:40|
|8||QUINTANA Nairo||Team Arkéa Samsic||0:40|
|9||LATOUR Pierre||Team TotalEnergies||0:45|
|10||HIGUITA Sergio||EF Education – Nippo||0:52|
RBA/AFP Photos: Bettini