If the account of favorites for the Tour de France is wide and the domain more open than ever, the same happens with the list of sprinters for the massive arrivals of this gala round. Gone are the times of the merciless rule of the Petacchi, Cipollini or more recently Mark Cavendish, absent in this Tour. In the third sprint of the race that yesterday was lived in Chalon Sur Saone, the longest stage of the current round gala, Dylan Groenewegen scored his first partial victory, equaling the account of Peter Sagan, Elia Viviani and his partner Mike Teunissen, who won in the opening stage of Brussels.
The stage, with 230 eternal kilometers counted on an inconsequential flight of Stephane Rosetto and Yoan Offredo that lasted until the last 11 kilometers, when the work of the Bora-Hansgrohe of Sagan took effect and threw them down. Long before, the most critical and critical moment of the stage had taken place. About 30 kilometers from the end a small fan shook the peloton. Greg Van Avermaet decided to pull himself up helped by the wind and tried to hurt the big group.
It was just a few seconds, but the Olympic champion came to claim three victims: Yates, Dan Martin and Nairo Quintana. The three were left hanging, a few meters but the rapid reaction of Movistar en bloc managed to solve it and integrate the Colombian back into a squad where Giulio Ciccone lived his most special day, premiering the yellow jersey that again today will be on his way to Saint Etienne.
There will be no time for carelessness. "Yes, it was a mistake for me," Quintana acknowledged. "We have to be very attentive to this type of oversight. The team was there to support me and thanks to them we did not have any problems, "he said..
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