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Welcome to protection of stage three on the 2024 Tour de France. Yesterday was a stage for the breakaway as Arkea-B&B Hotels’s Kevin Vauquelin gained stage two into Bologna. That was his first Grand Tour victory and means the 2024 Tour has begun with back-to-back French victories after Romain Bardet’s (DSM-Firmenich PostNL) victory in Rimini on stage one on Saturday.

Over the ultimate climb, Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) attacked and it was solely defending champion Jonas Vingegaard (Visma-Lease a Bike) who stayed with him. Despite struggling a collapsed lung and fractured ribs and collarbones only a few months in the past, Vingegaard confirmed nice kind in his quest to turn into a three-time winner on the Tour and Pogacar could have been a little bit stunned with that contemplating how little time within the saddle Vingegaard has had in latest months.

The remainder of the GC contenders that features the likes of Remco Evenepoel (Soudal-Quick Step) managed to catch up simply earlier than the end however Pogacar now holds the yellow jersey, taking it from Bardet. Red Bull-Bora-Hansgrohe’s Primoz Roglic was arguably the most important loser of the day, dropping 21 seconds to the likes of Pogacar and Vingegaard.

After two hilly days, stage three represents the primary probability for the sprinters on this 12 months’s Tour. The stage goes from Plaisance to Turin over the course of 230.8km. Could at the moment be the day the place Mark Cavendish seals his thirty fifth stage win? He thought he had it final 12 months in Bordeaux, solely to get caught in gear and be pipped by Jasper Philipsen. Last 12 months was speculated to be Cavendish’s final earlier than retirement, however a crash on stage eight means he’s again this 12 months to interrupt his share of the document with the good Eddy Merckx. His lead-out now consists of the Dane Michael Morkov, who was a key a part of Cavendish’s success in successful 4 phases on the 2021 Tour de France and has moved throughout from Soudal-Quick Step to Astana Qazaqstan.