The last of the Denmark stages ended in a bunch sprint photofinish between the fastest riders. Peter Sagan took fourth place.
The last pedal strokes in Denmark
182 kilometers separate Vejle from Sønderborg, and this was the third and final stage of the Tour de France on Danish soil this year. Ever since the riders set off from the starting line in Copenhagen, the country has been cheering them on. Thousands of fans were lining the route again today to support Magnus Cort Nielsen in his solo breakaway. The national hero spent a large part of the stage out in front, extending his lead as King of the Mountains. After emerging first from the Côte de Genner Strand, he rose out of the saddle. The peloton finally reeled him back in 130 kilometers from the finish.
Sagan confirms his return to form
It was always going to happen. The main sprint formations got in position to head straight for a bunch sprint. Under the red flag, the lead-out trains gave a final push before releasing the finishers, who then delivered a hotly contested sprint finish. Dylan Groenewegen claimed victory and his first win of this Tour, while Peter Sagan finished in fourth place, confirming his return to form!
“There are still a lot of stages we have to focus on. We’ve only had three days, and I’m happy to still be in one piece,” said Peter after the stage.
In the early evening the riders took the plane to France. They will be back in the saddle on Tuesday for an undulating route from Dunkirk to Calais.