The great Danish start of the Tour de France 2022 ended on Sunday July 3, after a 182-kilometre stage between Vejle and Sönderborg. Dylan Groenewegen, Dutch rider from the BikeExchange Jayco team won in the sprint ahead of the yellow jersey Wout van Aert (Jumbo). The Belgian, second for the third time in a row, retains first place in the general classification.
The victory was decided in a nervous sprint after a quiet stage, during which the peloton was once again carried, all along, by a jubilant crowd. Dylan Groenewegen beat Wout Van Aert by a gut. The 29-year-old Dutchman took his fifth stage success in the Tour, which he had not run since 2019. He brought his total of victories to 62 since his debut at the highest level in 2016.
Behind, the Belgian Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Fenix) took third place ahead of the Slovak Peter Sagan (TotalEnergies), apparently unhappy not to have found the opening. The winner of the day before, the Dutchman Fabio Jakobsen, whose team was omnipresent, found himself locked up. He couldn’t do better than a fifth place.
Magnus Cort Nielsen’s Unforgettable Ride
For this last stage in Denmark before the transfer to France, the race turned into a long parade between two tight rows of spectators who celebrated the local Magnus Cort Nielsen, wearing the best climber’s polka dot jersey, then the peloton.
The Danish rider, who had already escaped the day before, isolated himself from the first kilometer to open the road with a lead that peaked at six minutes. He offered himself an unforgettable ride of some 130 kilometers, for this unprecedented incursion of the Tour into his country, in front of a peloton led by the main teams of sprinters (Quick-Step, Lotto, BikeExchange, Alpecin).
After the race, the runners planned to reach the airport of Sönderborg, a locality located near the German border, to reach the north of France by plane. The race will resume on Tuesday July 5 for the fourth stage in the Monts du Boulonnais, 171.5 kilometers of racing between Dunkirk and Calais.