Dylan Groenewegen winner of the third stage of the Tour de France, Wout van Aert keeps his yellow jersey

At the end of a third stage of the Tour de France where the only distraction was the solitary ride of Magnus Cort Nielsen, Dylan Groenewegen was the fastest on Sunday to claim his first victory this year on the Tour in Sonderborg, beating by nothing the yellow jersey Wout van Aert, once again second. Another Belgian, Jasper Philipsen of the Alpecin-Fenix ​​team, took 3rd place, well recovered by Mathieu van der Poel.

A Dutchman chases another: the day after the victory of Fabio Jakobsen (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl), Groenewegen offered his 5th stage victory on the Tour de France by dominating Wout van Aert, Jasper Philipsen on a regular basis and Peter Sagan on the line.

Very moved after the finish, the 29-year-old sprinter from BikeExchange returns to the front of the stage, two years after being responsible for the terrible fall of Jakobsen on August 5, 2020 in Katowice (Poland). The latter, favorite to offer his team a third victory for the last on Danish soil, lost the wheels of Michael Morkov at the time of the last bend, 800 meters away, and could not join in the fight for the final victory.

In the Top 10, we find the French Christophe Laporte (Jumbo-Visma) and Hugo Hofstetter (Arkéa-Samsic) respectively in 6th place and 8th place.

Apart from the Magnus Cort Nielsen show for three-quarters of the race (see below), the race was particularly calm. The peloton got going 20 kilometers from the finish under the impetus of the sprinter teams. So, what had to happen happened: on the cobbled area at the entrance to Sonderborg, a crash split the peloton in two. Some favorites were trapped and lost 39 seconds: Jack Haig, Louis Meintjes, Rigoberto Uran, Michael Woods, Thibaut Pinot and Guillaume Martin.

In the general classification, no change: Wout van Aert retains his yellow jersey with a 7-second lead over his compatriot Yves Lampaert and 14 over Tadej Pogacar.


Wout van Aert will once again comfort himself with the yellow jersey. The 27-year-old Belgian took 2nd place for the third time in a row: already second in the inaugural time trial, he was overtaken by Jakobsen yesterday then by Groenewegen today.

Man of the Day: Magnus Cort Nielsen

What a boring step without the Danish from EF Education-EasyPost! Already at work on Saturday, where he won the best climber’s jersey, the runner with the mustache was the only runaway of the day. In front of his public, he had fun and spent 130 kilometers in the lead of the race, before being caught by the peloton 50 km from the finish. He took the opportunity to fill up for the classification of the best climber: he will have gleaned six points on the two stages in line on his land, and should in all likelihood keep his polka dot jersey until the end of the week…


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