Sunday, July 14, 2024

Tour de France 2024: Crash prevents Cavendish from contesting final sprint – BBC


Tour de France stage three: Plaisance – Turin, 230.8km
Two-time champion Tadej Pogacar wears the leader's yellow jersey
British sprinter Mark Cavendish aiming for a record 35th stage win
Right see you all tomorrow for stage four as the race heads into the Alps and takes in the mighty Col du Galibier on the 139.6km route from Pinerolo – Valloire.
We'll be following all of the action and a likely GC battle from 12:00 BST.

1. Richard Carapaz (Ecu/EF Education-EasyPost) 15hrs 20mins 18secs
2. Tadej Pogacar (Slo/UAE Team Emirates) 9hrs 53mins 30secs
3. Remco Evenepoel (Bel/Soudal-Quick-Step) Same time
4. Jonas Vingegaard (Den/Visma-Lease a Bike) "
4. Richard Carapaz (Ecu/EF Education-EasyPost) "
5. Romain Bardet (Fra/DSM-firmenich PostNL) +6secs
6. Pello Bilbao (Spa/Bahrain Victorious) +21secs
7. Guillaume Martin (Fra/Cofidis) Same time
8. Egan Bernal (Col/Ineos Grenadiers) "
9. Jai Hindley (Aus/Red Bull Bora-Hansgrohe)
10. Aleksandr Vlasov (Red Bull Bora-Hansgrohe)
Here is how that all ended up:
1. Biniam Girmay (Eri/Intermarche-Wanty) 5hrs 26mins 48secs
2.Fernando Gaviria (Col/Movistar) Same time
3. Arnaud de Lie (Bel/Lotto Dstny) "
4. Mads Pedersen (Den/Lidl-Trek) "
5. Dylan Groenewegen (Ned/Jayco-AlUla) "
6. Phil Bauhaus (Ger/Bahrain Victorious) "
7. Fabio Jakobsen (Ned/DSM-firmenich-PostNL) "
8. Davide Ballerini (ITA/Astana-Qazaqstan "
9. Sam Bennett (Ire/Decathlon-AG2R La Mondiale) "
10. Bryan Coquard (Fra/Cofidis) "
Girmay wins stage three
Biniam Girmay is a previous winner of Gent-Wevelgem and took a stage at the Giro d'Italia in 2022 but nothing is quite like this:
"First of all, thanks God for everything. Since I started cycling, I never dreamed to be part of the Tour de France, now I can’t believe it," he said.
"My second year in the Tour, I just want to thank my family, my wife, all the Eritreans, and Africans, we must be proud, now we are really part of the big races, now it’s our moment, our time. Congrats to my whole team,. Now it’s our moment. I am super happy. This for all Africa, I am just super happy. In the last kilometre I lost the wheel of Gerben Thijssen and tried myself."
Mark Cavendish's first opportunity of a record 35th stage win may have gone but he sounds a relieved man to have reached the finish line unscathed: "You could hear it. I am too little to see what is going on and it's getting closer in front of me and now it's not about…someone was skidding and I was waiting to get hit from behind. Lucky we didn't and got through but at that stage you are out of it. I think everyone is okay and nobody is seriously hurt so that is the main thing."
Mark Cavendish's official position for the stage is 113th.
Confirmed. Richard Carapaz will become the first rider from Ecuador to wear the yellow jersey.
Richard Carapaz was 14th on the stage and that might be enough to put him in the yellow jersey this evening.
Tadej Pogacar and Remco Evenepoel roll home together in the second group.
While the crash was inside the final 5km, so has no impact on their overall times, their positions on the stage will determine who is in yellow tomorrow.
Jasper Philipsen was involved in that crash. By the looks of it Mark Cavendish crossed the line at the back of the Visma-Lease a bike riders.
Still waiting to have that confirmed.
Fernando Gaviria ended up second ahead of Arnaud de Lie.
Biniam Girmay sees off Arnaud de Lie and Mads Pedersen.
He is the first black African stage winner in Tour de France history.
There is no sign of Mark Cavendish near the front…
Crikey, a huge crash at the back of this bunch…
Has Mark Cavendish been caught up in that?
Mathieu van der Poel is not going to be able to chase back on.
The GC teams are dropping off and leaving it to the sprint teams. This is going to be full gas to the finish.
Bruno Armirail is down and Mathieu van der Poel is off his bike and kicking a barrier.
The world champion would have been the man leading Jasper Philipsen out.
Now to try and improve race safety the UCI have tweaked the three-kilometre rule so that it extends to five kilometres.
That means whoever punctures or crashes in the remaining five kilometres will receive the same final time as the group they were part of at the time of the incident.
Casper Pedersen is back up on his feet and under way again.
Astana-Qazaqstan's race radio tells its riders and of course Mark Cavendish to try and jump up ahead of the Visma-Lease a Bike and UAE Emirates Team trains defending the left side of the road.
I suspect that is easier said than done.

There's a crash in the peloton…
Soudal Quick-Step's Casper Pedersen is down on the tarmac and that looks nasty. Nobody else looks to be involved.
Jasper Philipsen's Alpecin-Deceuninck team and the Jayco-AlUla squad are amongst those setting the pace for the peloton.
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