Tour de France LIVE: Stage 3 result as Dylan Groenewegen wins photo finish after crash

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Dylan Groenewegen celebrates clinching victory

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Dylan Groenewegen won stage three of the Tour de France in a four-way photo finish in Sondeborg, Denmark.

Groenewegen narrowly beat yellow jersey wearer Wout van Aert, Jasper Philipsen and Peter Sagan in a dramatic finish to the 182km stage from Vejle as the Danish Grand Depart came to a dramatic end. Groenewegen rode the wheels and came around first Sagan and then Van Aert to claim his fifth career Tour stage win and first since 2019.

After Fabio Jakobsen claimed an emotional stage victory on Saturday to complete his comeback from the life-threatening injuries he suffered at the Tour of Poland in 2020, Sunday was the turn of the rider he collided with two years ago.

Groenewegen did not face the physical recovery Jakobsen did from that incident, but had spoken of the mental scars after he faced death threats and abuse in its wake – with the Dutchman also handed a nine-month ban by world governing body the UCI.

“It was a long way (back),” Groenewegen said. “I want to say thank you to my team and my family and friends for getting me back to the Tour in good shape. It’s beautiful.

“Not physically but mentally it’s been a hard time of course after all that happened. This is for my wife and my son, it means a lot.”

Groenewegen said he had been held up in a late crash that split the peloton a little over 10km from the line, though he was in the right place when it mattered.

“Yesterday I was a little bit angry with myself but today, though I was a long time boxed in and involved in a crash with nine kilometers to go, my team brought me back into position and I stayed calm to the end,” he added .

Follow the latest updates from stage 3 of the 2022 Tour de France below.

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Report from stage 3

Report after Dylan Groenewegen’s dramatic victory:

Lawrence Ostlere3 July 2022 17:46

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Emotional Dylan Groenewegen revels in victory

After Fabio Jakobsen claimed an emotional stage victory on Saturday to complete his comeback from the life-threatening injuries he suffered at the Tour of Poland in 2020, Sunday was the turn of the rider he collided with two years ago.

Groenewegen did not face the physical recovery Jakobsen did from that incident, but had spoken of the mental scars after he faced death threats and abuse in its wake – with the Dutchman also handed a nine-month ban by world governing body the UCI.

“It was a long way (back),” Groenewegen said. “I want to say thank you to my team and my family and friends for getting me back to the Tour in good shape. It’s beautiful.

“Not physically but mentally it’s been a hard time of course after all that happened. This is for my wife and my son, it means a lot.”

Groenewegen said he had been held up in a late crash that split the peloton a little over 10km from the line, though he was in the right place when it mattered.

“Yesterday I was a little bit angry with myself but today, though I was a long time boxed in and involved in a crash with nine kilometers to go, my team brought me back into position and I stayed calm to the end,” he added .

Dylan Groenwegen reacts to his stage 3 victory

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Lawrence Ostlere3 July 2022 17:02

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Stage 3 result: Dylan Groenewegen wins sprint finish

“I’ve no idea what happened behind, Geraint Thomas says, chatting to Eurosport on his warm-down bike about the crash which saw so many lose time and pushed plenty of Ineos riders up the standings. “We just tried to stay as far forwards as possible, we had the boys to do that for us.”

Lawrence Ostlere3 July 2022 16:57

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Top 10 general classification

Wout van Aert will stay in yellow when the Tour heads to France next week. Here’s the top 10 after three stages:

  1. Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) 9hr 1min 17sec
  2. Lampaert (QuickStep) +7 sec
  3. Pogacar (UAE Emirates) +14
  4. Pedersen (Trek-Seg) +18
  5. Van der Poel (Alpecin-Deceuninck) +20
  6. Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) +22
  7. Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) +23
  8. Yachts (Ineos) +30
  9. Kung (FDJ) +30
  10. Pidcock (Ineos) +31

Lawrence Ostlere3 July 2022 16:52

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Standing shake-up after late crash

Filippo Ganna, Baule Mollema and Dylan Teuns all got caught in that crash and have fallen outside the top 10, after losing around 40 seconds.

Other notable names caught up include Rigoberto Uran, Chris Froome and Thibaut Pinot.

Lawrence Ostlere3 July 2022 16:48

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Stage 3 result: Dylan Groenewegen wins sprint finish

Wout van Aert has now finished second in every stage of this Tour so far, which must be a little frustrating. He has the not so small consolation of keeping the yellow jersey, though, and he will wear it when the Tour touches down in France on Tuesday.

Lawrence Ostlere3 July 2022 16:42

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Stage 3 result: Dylan Groenewegen wins sprint finish

Dylan Groenewegen of course had served a nine-month ban after the infamous crash with yesterday’s winner Fabio Jakobsen, and that will feel like a great relief, three years after his last stage win. He looks very emotional as he speaks:

“I want to say thank you to my team, family and friends for bringing me back to the Tour in great shape. Mentally it was a hard time after all that happened. This is for my wife and my son.”

Dylan Groenewegen celebrates clinching victory

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Lawrence Ostlere3 July 2022 16:40

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Stage 3 result: Dylan Groenewegen wins sprint finish

Credit must go to Groenewegen’s teammate Christophe Laporte for leading him right into that final showdown. The Dutch sprinter did the rest.

  1. Dylan Groenewegen
  2. Wout van Aert
  3. Jasper Phillipsen
  4. peter sagan
  5. Christophe Laporte

Lawrence Ostlere3 July 2022 16:35

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Stage 3 result: Dylan Groenewegen wins sprint finish

Sagan got squeezed out at the finish as the yellow jersey of Van Aert drifed towards the barriers. Groenwegen came right through the middle to win it, while Jakobsen was nowhere to be seen – he never got in position to challenge there.

Lawrence Ostlere3 July 2022 16:33

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Stage 3 result: Dylan Groenewegen wins sprint finish

wow wow The photo finish as Groenwegen edges Van Aert:

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