Tim Merlier (Alpecin-Fenix) rode to his first profession Tour de France stage victory on a stage 3 marred by a number of crashes that noticed a number of large names hit the deck.
Among the many many fallers on the stage have been Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers), Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma), Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal), and Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe). Race chief Mathieu van der Poel completed safely within the lead group to retain the Maillot Jaune for an additional day.
The peloton was swift to take to Twitter to supply their ideas on the course (principally adverse) with a couple of alternative phrases aimed on the UCI and ASO. We’ve curated all of the reactions under.
Humorous how the Supertuck and forearm positions obtained banned for „security causes“ whereas on the similar time we now have finishes like immediately in #letour
— Simon Geschke (@simongeschke) June 28, 2021
One of the vital horrible finishes immediately – I hope everybody who went down is okay right here at @LeTour . It’s insanity right here
— Ben O’Connor (@ben_oconnor95) June 28, 2021
I hope Lachlan Morton navigated that end okay.
— Alex Dowsett (@alexdowsett) June 28, 2021
Devastated, after the horrible crash of Caleb immediately, after a day of exhausting work @Lotto_Soudal
Resetting our minds #TDF2021 and hope on a very good restoration for our high sprinter !🤞 pic.twitter.com/LHzowescFC
— Marc Sergeant (@marc_sergeant) June 28, 2021
— Sonny Colbrelli (@sonnycolbrelli) June 28, 2021
— Merijn Zeeman (@merijnzeeman) June 28, 2021
Roglič got here from behind me to maneuver up, and our handlebars obtained caught collectively, which just about pulled us each to the bottom. It was solely luck that I remained up on the bike. My response after the crash was extra out of concern than the rest. [2/3]#TDF2021
— Group Bahrain Victorious (@BHRVictorious) June 28, 2021
Arduous to touch upon what occurred immediately. It’s inevitable there can be crashes when stakes are this excessive for each GC riders and sprinters within the first week.
— Matej Mohoric (@matmohoric) June 28, 2021
Whoever designed immediately’s stage @LeTour ought to attempt to journey with 180 riders on a twisty 5m broad highway subsequent to one another and pushing Wachbootes to the boundaries. In fact we riders make the race on the finish however the riders additionally ask for an earlier time taking 5 km to go which was refused
— Andre Greipel (@AndreGreipel) June 28, 2021
— Jacopo Guarnieri (@jacopoguarnieri) June 28, 2021
— Chris Froome (@chrisfroome) June 28, 2021
J’ai regardé le replay du remaining d’aujourd’hui et franchement tout le monde avaient des chaussettes à la bonne hauteur donc tout va bien 🤷🏻♂️
— Julien Bernard (@JulienBernard17) June 28, 2021
Translation: “I watched the replay of immediately’s finale and admittedly everybody had socks that have been the precise peak so all the things is okay.”
In F1 there’s a quali for a motive. What occurs within the first nook when everybody are allowed to begin from P1? Success at @LeTour can change individuals lives… and we’re permitting 184 riders to take yellow, win a stage, take jerseys on Day 1 when everyone knows that highway is 8m broad.
— Michał Kwiatkowski (@kwiato) June 28, 2021
You win collectively, you lose collectively. Speedy restoration Caleb. pic.twitter.com/Qme2xWtnHf
— Thomas De Gendt (@DeGendtThomas) June 28, 2021
And off target: All the very best to everybody who was concerned in a crash! Hope all of them heal fast 🤞 https://t.co/pJ2bOSLulO
— Jasper Philipsen (@JasperPhilipsen) June 28, 2021
…. 2/2 the peleton I spoke to the jury and stated this was not right beneath the intense circumstances of a nasty crash and a mangled shoulder. I shouted on the jury and stated some phrases i shouldn’t of. There ya have it, peace out ✌️ #chill
— Luke Rowe (@LukeRowe1990) June 28, 2021
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