Dutch rider Groenewegen achieves third stage Tour de France in photo finish

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Team BikeExchange-Jayco’s Dylan Groenewegen took the third stage of the Tour de France in a photo finish on Sunday, while Wout van Aert took second place to keep the leader’s yellow jersey.

Dutch sprinter Dylan Groenewegen took victory in the third stage of the Tour de France on Sunday, bringing Wout van Aert to the finish, although the Belgian retained the leader’s yellow jersey. Bike Exchange rider Groenewegen saw Jumbo’s van Aert finish second for the third time after the 182km stage, the last in Denmark before the race returns to France, with large crowds lining the route in the Jutland region.

Van Aert leads Yves Lampaert with seven seconds at the top of the general classification, with Tadej Pogacar in third at 14 seconds. The yellow jersey holder also tops the sprint points standings for the green jersey. “I’m looking forward to next week in France,” said Van Aert, who could end up in yellow. “The team let me go for this. Primoz (Roglic) also has his ambitions and he looks great.” “I have always dreamed of wearing the yellow, but I did not expect that these Danish stages would suit me,” he added.

Groenewgen was banned for nine months after causing the crash that nearly killed Saturday’s winner Fabio Jakobsen, who spoke emotionally about his long battle to get back to fitness after his rookie Tour de France win. “I am very happy for Fabio after everything that has happened,” said a remorseful Groenewegen of the fall during the 2020 Tour of Poland. “He won yesterday, but today was my day,” he said.

Jakobsen said Sunday morning he was still waiting for congratulations from his Quick-Step teammate Mark Cavendish after the 25-year-old was selected for the Manxman.

Pogacar sore hand

Defending champion Tadej Pogacar of UAE Team Emirates retained the white jersey as best among the 26-year-old, a day after he was involved in a massive crash in which he somehow managed to stay on his bike. “The end was a difficult finish, I am satisfied with my ride. My hand is a bit sore after hitting the barriers, but there is no stress,” said the Slovenian, who admitted he had no idea of ​​the details of his team transfer back to France.

Magnus Cort Nielsen played the local hero as the 29-year-old from Bornholm Island took an early solo break and rode 80 miles forward with a permanent smile as he received a wave of fervent applause as enthusiastic youths marched alongside him.

“It was euphoric, a great day,” said the EF rider after donning the polka dot jersey again after winning on all six hills so far. “The crowds helped me further, I gave everything, I surpassed myself and so did she.”

After a wall of noise echoed around Copenhagen during Saturday’s time trial, crowds joined the Tour on its next two stages around the rest of the nation of 5.8 million people, who took cycling’s showpiece to their hearts and into came out in great numbers. The fourth stage is a flat 171km run from Dunkirk to Calais in northern France, before the race passes through the Alps and Pyrenees and returns to Paris for the Champs-Elysees final on July 24.

(AFP)

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