Today was National Strike Day in France.
This was also felt in the Dauphiné. The only thing that caused a stir during the third stage of the Tour de France was an effective demonstration during the stage, which even had to neutralize the race 100 kilometers from the finish.
Moreover, the peloton took a collegiate day for 95% of the riding and the thoroughbred runners were – after two failed attempts – finally awarded a collegiate race royal.
So the sprinters’ teams quickly put their trains on the rails and flew at full speed to the fast-paced final, where it was drumming and pushing to stay in the outposts. Which led to two more accidents.
In the end, Danny van Poppel did what he does best, dropping his skipper Sam Bennett in the final straight, but the Irishman clearly didn’t have the punch to finish it off. As a last resort, Bennett veered forcefully from his line, causing, among other things, grumbling Dylan Gronewijn I had to hit the brakes.
Christophe Laporte made his way through the woods better – just as he had done in the first stage – he was allowed to roar happily again.
Bennett and Groenewegen lost their podium spots. This is how Matteo Trentin and Milan Menten entered the top three.
Christophe Laporte: “I wasn’t expecting this. I know I have fast legs, but usually not fast enough to beat thoroughbred runners. But today the coin fell to my side. Groenewegen was boxed and Bennett fell a bit, so I was able to get past the pass on the left. I’m happy to win this the shape “.
Our train is actually to protect Jonas (Vinggaard), but I can also make use of that day. I was able to follow them well until about 2km from the finish and then looked for the right wheels. I sat there for a while as it closed, but eventually the sea opened up. Nice day for our team .”
“Trying to keep the yellow in the time trial tomorrow is going to be very difficult I’m afraid. I’m pretty good on the clock when it comes to 15-20km, but 30 is very different. Still, I’ll do 100% better.”
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