The third day of the Tour de France is over and it was stormy too. At the end of the third section, Belgian Tim Marlier won, about 182 km from Lorraine to Fontive. Three of the favorites to win, Grant Thomas, Caleb Yuan and Primoz ‘Roglich, were injured in separate accidents.
Merler, who himself was injured in a serious mass accident on the first day of the race, overtook his compatriot Jasper Filipsen in the sprint at the end and celebrated for the first time in his career in the column and gave the Alpsin-Phoenix team a second straight win, after Dutchman Matthew van der Paul did it yesterday. Frenchman Nasser Bohani finished third in the section.
Van der Paul, who also took the yellow jersey of a leader in the general rankings yesterday, kept it with him when the Slovenian Roglic, who was deputy last year, crossed the finish line a minute and 21 seconds after the winner and almost a minute after the reigning champion, his compatriot Tadi Fogatch R., who was also involved in the crash.
As for the Israeli “start-up Nation”, its senior rider in the third section was the Canadian Guillaume Bowen, who finished in 23rd place. Chris Fromm was ranked 123rd and Israeli Omar Goldstein 157th.