Wout Van Aert has been the runner-up for three consecutive days at the 2022 Tour de France, but he’ll leave Denmark after Sunday’s third stage with the yellow jersey. Dylan Groenewegen took his fifth career Tour victory in a bunch sprint. Danish King of the Mountains leader Magnus Cort (EF Education-Easypost) made sure that the last day in Denmark and the last before the first rest/transfer day was going to be a memorable one, as he was the solo breakaway. Hugo Houle has been top Canadian on all three stages.
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As in Saturday’s second stage, there were three Cat. 4 climbs, but they were a little more spread out. No worrisome obstacle like a 16-km bridge for the peloton on Sunday; it looked to be a straightforward sprinter’s day.
— Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team (@qst_alphavinyl) July 3, 2022
Having snagged the polka dot jersey on Saturday, Magnus Cort soloed off the front after the start in Vejle and claimed his points on Côte de Koldingvej and Côte de Hejlsminde Strand. The fans were thick along the route and it must’ve felt like a parade for Cort on his home roads.
Soon after the Côte de Hejlsminde Strand, the day’s intermediate sprint woke up the peloton. Van Aert was second over the line.
The work of Bahrain-Victorious, Alpecin-Deceuninck, Quick Step-Alpha Vinyl, Lotto-Soudal, Jumbo-Visma and BikeExchange-Jayco made sure that Cort wasn’t going to solo all the way to the finish town of Sønderborg. EF Education-Easypost’s Dane took another KOM point at the crest of Côte de Genner Strand. After 130 km out front, Cort came to heel.
The peloton had a long time to consider the sprint. A crash at the 11 km to go mark delayed a chunk of the field. Jumbo-Visma had control going into the final 8 km before Quick Step took over. Alpecin came forward.
Everyone made it through the left-hand turn with 750 metres to go. Groenewegen at first tried to go along the right barrier but found it closed. Instead he rounded Van Aert on the right for the victory.
Sagan wasn’t happy with Van Aert after the line.
Monday is the first of three rest days. Tuesday we’ll be in France.
2022 Tour de France, Stage 3
1) Dylan Groenewegen (The Netherlands/BikeExchange-Jayco) 4:11:33
2) Wout Van Aert (Belgium/Jumbo-Visma) s.t.
3) Jasper Philipsen (Belgium/Alpecin-Deceuninck) s.t.
104) Hugo Houle (Canada/Israel-Premier Tech) +0:39
123) Guillaume Boivin (Canada/Israel-Premier Tech) s.t.
127) Michael Woods (Canada/Israel-Premier Tech) s.t.
152) Antoine Duchesne (Canada/Groupama-FDJ) +2:35
2022 Tour de France GC
1) Wout Van Aert (Belgium/Jumbo-Visma) 9:01:17
2) Yves Lampaert (Belgium/Quick Step-Alpha Vinyl) +0:07
3) Tadej Pogačar (Slovenia/UAE-Emirates) +0:14
76) Hugo Houle (Canada/Israel-Premier Tech) +1:33
126) Guillaume Boivin (Canada/Israel-Premier Tech) +2:12
128) Michael Woods (Canada/Israel-Premier Tech) +2:15
150) Antoine Duchesne (Canada/Groupama-FDJ) +3:56