Tour de France 2021: Geraint Thomas loses time after crash as Tim Merlier wins stage three

Tim Merlier celebrates as he wins the third stage of the Tour de France

Geraint Thomas was one of several riders involved in crashes as Tim Merlier won a dramatic stage three of the Tour de France.

Welshman Thomas and fellow race favourite Primoz Roglic both lost time after falls during the the 183km stage.

Caleb Ewan also crashed in the closing stages, bringing down former world champion Peter Sagan as he did so.

It was Merlier’s first Tour stage win as his Alpecin-Fenix team-mate Mathieu van der Poel kept the overall lead.

More to follow.

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