Tour de France 2022: Dylan Groenewegen wins stage three – as it happened

The Dutchman narrowly won a sprint in three-way photo-finish with overall leader Wout van Aert and Jasper Philipsen

145km to go: Still not much movement in the pack though Cort’s lead is whittled away a little, by a minute as the peloton speeds up when taking on that fourth-category climb. It’s over 50k to the next climb. Can he stay away? Possibly, though perhaps not probably. Yves Lampaert and Wout van Aert, the two men to wear the yellow jersey so far this year, are deep in discussion under the cover of the pack.

154km to go: The first mountains points checkpoint awaits, and there’s a hell of a racket being made by the home fans. “Magnus, Magnus,” they chant. It’s so busy out there, the fans filling the roads, lanes and byways, every possible space. The crowd seems as big as those you might find on Alpe D’Huez or the Champs-Élysées. Their man has a lead approaching 6’ 30”. He speeds up the Côte de Koldingvej, the first climb of the day. This is an incredible scene, with amazing noise. A Frenchman closing in on winning Le Tour itself would struggle to be greeted with such raptures. He takes the single point on offer, and he will leave Denmark with the polka-dot jersey.

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Dylan Groenewegen edges photo finish to win stage three of Tour de France

  • Team BikeExchange rider takes final stage in Denmark
  • Magnus Cort leads King of the Mountains classification

Dylan Groenewegen won stage three of the 2022 Tour de France from Vejle to Sønderborg, as the Tour’s exuberant sojourn in Denmark came to an end.

In another chaotic sprint finish, the teams of Fabio Jakobsen (QuickStep), winner of stage two, and the overall Tour leader, Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) fought for supremacy, but neither were in full control of the sprint as the peloton closed on the line and Team BikeExchange Groenewegen’s speed edged him ahead of Van Aert.

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Thibaut Pinot still France’s favourite but hopes of home glory thin on the ground | William Fotheringham

It has been 36 years since the country’s last victory in the men’s race – and it is hard to see who can stop it from becoming 37

Every Tour has its earworm and this year’s nifty little number, Tibopino, is out there on YouTube, dedicated to France’s Tour hero Thibaut Pinot. “Allez Pinot,” the singer intones, adding one of the best – or worst, depending on how you see these things – puns to grace the French language: “Sur un vélo, t’es beau, Pinot.” You look good on a bike, Pinot.

There is a more telling line in the song, however: “ça fait longtemps depuis l’Blaireau” – it’s been a long time since the Badger – referring to the 36 years of hurt since France’s last victory in the men’s Tour de France, when the Badger, as Bernard Hinault was known, won for the fifth time.

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Jakobsen wins Tour stage two after late crash as Van Aert takes yellow

  • Rider preferred to Cavendish picks up win after chaotic finale
  • Wout van Aert takes overall lead from Yves Lampaert

Fabio Jakobsen, who in August 2020 was in an induced coma after suffering horrendous injuries in the Tour of Poland, won stage two of the 2022 Tour de France ahead of Wout van Aert of Jumbo-Visma, who moved into the leader’s yellow jersey for the first time in his career.

“This is what we train for, this is why we race,” Jakobsen said, after his success for Quick-Step in the stage from Roskilde to Nyborg. “A stage of the Tour de France is what I’ve been dreaming about for 15 years.”

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Tour de France 2022: Fabio Jakobsen wins stage two – as it happened

Fabio Jaksobsen capped his remarkable comeback from a life-threatening crash to win his first Tour de France stage in Nyborg

185km to go: Wiggins was right. The chase is on from the peloton, and the gap to the break has fallen to 1’34”. You would think, however, that the sprint teams will be happy with the make-up and size of this breakaway. Maybe the idea is to keep them within two minutes.

“Cycle paths have been painted yellow, knitting enthusiasts have made a giant yellow jersey, and preparations are being made for a flotilla of boats flying yellow flags. The “big yellow party” comes to Denmark on 1 July when the country widely regarded as the best in the world for cyclists hosts the opening stage of the world’s greatest cycling race.”

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Tour de France: Lampaert in yellow as Thomas rallies after clothing error

  • Belgian wins Copenhagen time trial ahead of Wout van Aert
  • Thomas forgot to remove gilet before rain-soaked first stage

Geraint Thomas of Ineos Grenadiers threw caution to the wind in the Copenhagen rain as the 2022 Tour de France got under way with a treacherous opening individual time-trial stage in the Danish capital.

Thomas, who won on a similarly drenched course at the start of the 2018 Tour in Düsseldorf, “pulled the pin” on a nervy start to the stage, but it was not enough to lift him into the top 10, as the defending champion Tadej Pogacar (UAE Emirates) proved faster than all his rivals for final victory in Paris. Yves Lampaert of Belgium, riding for Quickstep-Alpha Vinyl, was seen as an unexpected stage winner despite his time-trialling pedigree, and took the first maillot jaune, as the controversy over the team’s omission of the sprinter Mark Cavendish finally subsided. “My mind is exploding,” a tearful Lampaert said after his win.

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Tour de France 2022: Lampaert on top after stage one time trial in Copenhagen – as it happened

Yves Lampaert was the surprise winner of a rain-drenched opening time trial, from which all the major GC contenders emerged unscathed

Stefan Bissegger is out on the road. Pedalling an absolutely massive gear, the Swiss EF Education-Easypost rider sets off on his race of truth against the clock. He’s among the favourites for today’s stage and his finishing time is likely to provide a fair indication of what it will take to win this opening stage.

How it works today: We have 176 competitors from 22 different teams competing in this year’s Tour and this afternoon they’ll set off at one-minute intervals. TotalEnergies veteran, Edvald Boasson Hagen, a late call-up to this year’s race, is the fourth man out of the traps. He’s followed by another old-timer, Bauke Mollema from Trek-Segafredo.

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