Tour de France 2021: Sprint triumph Merlier, Van der Poel stays in yellow

Tim Merlier tour - Tour de France 2021: Sprint triumph Merlier, Van der Poel stays in yellowimage: Cor VosTim Merlier wins the 3rd stage of Le Tour in a crash-marred finale. Jasper Philipsen and Nacer Bouhanni finish in second and third, while Mathieu van der Poel stays in the GC lead. (Slideshow route/profile)

Results 3rd stage Tour de France 2021

1. Tim Merlier (bel)
2. Jasper Philipsen (bel) s.t.
3. Nacer Bouhanni (fra) s.t.
4. Davide Ballerini (ita) s.t.
5. Sonny Colbrelli (ita) s.t.
6. Julian Alaphilippe (fra)
7. Mathieu van der Poel (nld) s.t.
8. Cees Bol (nld) s.t.
9. Anthony Turgis (fra) s.t.
10. Max Walscheid (ger) s.t.

13. Richard Carapaz (ecu) s.t.
19. Enric Mas (spa) + 0.14
22. Jakob Fuglsang (den) s.t.
25. Nairo Quintana (col) s.t.
26. Wilco Kelderman (nld) s.t.
35. Tadej Pogacar (slo) + 0.26
40. Bauke Mollema (nld) s.t.
42. David Gaudu (fra) s.t.
44. Rigoberto Uran (col) s.t.
48. Geraint Thomas (gbr) s.t.
49. Esteban Chaves (col) s.t.
92. Primoz Roglic (slo) + 1.21
93. Miguel Ángel López (col) s.t.
96. Jonas Vingegaard (nor) s.t.

GC after stage 3
1. Mathieu van der Poel (nld)
2. Julian Alaphilippe (fra) + 0.08
3. Richard Carapaz (ecu) + 0.31
4. Wout van Aert (bel) s.t.
5. Wilco Kelderman (nld) + 0.38
6. Tadej Pogacar (slo) + 0.39
7. Enric Mas (spa) + 0.40
8. Nairo Quintana (col) s.t.
9. Pierre Latour (fra) + 0.45
10. Vincenzo Nibali (ita) + 0.55

11. Bauke Mollema (nld) s.t.
12. David Gaudu (fra) s.t.
14. Esteban Chaves (col) s.t.
15. Rigoberto Uran (col) s.t.
17. Jakob Fuglsang (den) + 0.55
18. Geraint Thomas (gbr) + 1.07
20. Primoz Roglic (slo) + 1.35
23. Jonas Vingegaard (den) + 1.47
38. Steven Kruijswijk (nld) + 3.28
42. Miguel Ángel López (col) + 3.43

Race report
Ide Schelling attacks early on with Maxime Chevalier, Cyril Barthe, Michael Schär and Jelle Wallays. The five put 3 minutes into the peloton.

Geraint Thomas crashes after 40 kilometres. The Welshman is able to continue, but he takes down Robert Gesink who is forced to pull out.

Schelling takes back the polka dot jersey from Van der Poel on the Côte de Cadoual before he drops back into the peloton.

Roglic hits the deck with 10 kilometres remaining and he is forced to chase. Moments later the last attackers are reeled in.

Another crash happens on the descent to Pontivy before yellow jersey Van der Poel leads-out his sprint leader Merlier. While Philipsen takes over on the home straight Ewan goes down and takes Sagan with him.

Merlier is unaware of all the chaos behind him and powers to his first Tour de France stage win. His team mate Philipsen crosses the line in second and Bouhanni finishes in third. Van der Poel comes home in seventh position to stay in the yellow jersey.

Most GC riders – except Carapaz and Alaphilippe – lose time.

Another interesting read: route 3rd stage 2021 Tour de France.

Tour de France 2021 stage 3: routes, profiles, more

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