Tour de France 2021: Stage 3 – Merlier debuts victorious in a crash-marred stage

This is a hard stage to write about. What should have been a joyous stage review discussing the boringness of the first sprint stage of the Tour de France, the lovely chateaux of Brittany, and fitted-sheet videos turned into a nightmarish finish filled with one horrendous crash after another. Before we get into that discussion, allow us to celebrate Tim Merlier (Alpecin-Fenix) for winning his first-ever Tour de France stage in his debut at the event! Mathieu van der Poel keeps yellow for another day.

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VeloVoices Podcast 176: I just don’t like his face

It’s a full table at VeloVoices Towers as Kathi, Midge, Luke, Issie and Euan get together to discuss the opening weekend of the Tour de France

  • Julian Alaphilippe gets allllllll the attention he deserves
  • Mathieu Van Der Poel makes our hearts sing
  • What can be done to avoid first week crashes?
  • Why Ineos need to think about sunglasses more
  • And the most amazing breakaway possible

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Tour de France 2021: Stage 1 – Alaphilippe rides away from the chaos to take yellow

Tour de France 2021: Stage 2 – Van der Poel takes yellow ‘pour Poupou’