In a thrilling finish to stage three of the Tour de France, Jasper Philipsen from Belgium emerged as the victor. The race took place from Amorebieta-Etxano in Spain to the finish line in Bayonne, France, covering a distance of 187.4km. Despite intense competition from his rivals, Philipsen showcased his sprinting prowess and crossed the line just ahead of Phil Bauhaus from Germany and Caleb Ewan from Australia.
Adam Yates, representing Britain, held onto the coveted yellow jersey and maintained his position as the overall leader of the race. His impressive performance allowed him to retain a six-second lead over both his teammate Tadej Pogacar and his brother Simon Yates.
Philipsen’s victory was well-earned, as he benefited from the excellent teamwork of his Alpecin-Deceuninck teammate Mathieu van der Poel. Van der Poel played a crucial role in leading out Philipsen and ensuring his success in the final sprint. However, controversy surrounded the race as Philipsen’s compatriot Wout van Aert was squeezed out of contention due to limited space caused by barriers. Video footage of the incident was reviewed by the race commissaires, who ultimately confirmed Philipsen as the rightful winner.
Expressing his excitement, Philipsen acknowledged the uncertainty surrounding the outcome but acknowledged the thrilling nature of the Tour de France. He praised his team’s performance, particularly Jonas Rickaert and Mathieu van der Poel, for their exceptional support during the race. Philipsen emphasized his satisfaction with his own strategic approach, aiming to take the shortest route to the finish line.
Finishing in sixth place was Mark Cavendish, a prominent British sprinter. Although he closely followed Philipsen throughout the race, he was unable to execute a decisive attack of his own. Nevertheless, Cavendish remained optimistic and smiled as he crossed the finish line. Looking ahead to stage four, he will have another opportunity to surpass Eddy Merckx’s record of 34 Tour stage wins.
The upcoming stage is expected to feature another bunch sprint on a flat route spanning 181.8km from Dax to Nogaro. Riders will aim to position themselves strategically to secure a victory in this highly anticipated stage.
Stage Three Results:
- Jasper Philipsen (Bel/Alpecin-Deceuninck) – 4hrs 43mins 15secs
- Phil Bauhaus (Ger/Bahrain-Victorious) – same time
- Caleb Ewan (Aus/Lotto Dstny)
- Fabio Jakobsen (Ned/Soudal-Quick Step)
- Wout van Aert (Bel/Jumbo-Visma)
- Mark Cavendish (GB/Astana Qazaqstan)
- Jordi Meeus (Bel/Bora-hansgrohe)
- Dylan Groenewegen (Ned/Jayco AlUla)
- Mads Pedersen (Den/Lidl-Trek)
- Bryan Coquard (Fra/Cofidis)
General Classification after Stage Three:
- Adam Yates (GB/UAE Team Emirates) – 13hrs 52mins 33secs
- Tadej Pogacar (Slo/UAE Team Emirates) – +6secs
- Simon Yates (GB/Team Jayco-AlUla) – same time
- Victor Lafay (Fra/Cofidis) – +12secs
- Wout van Aert (Bel/Jumbo-Visma) – +16secs
- Jonas Vingegaard (Den/Jumbo-Visma) – +17secs
- Michael Woods (Can/Israel-Premier Tech) – +22secs
- Jai Hindley (Aus/Bora-Hansgrohe) – same time
- Carlos Rodriguez Cano (Spa/Ineos Grenadiers)
- Mattias Skjelmose (Den/Lidl-Trek)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Tour de France
How many stages of the Tour de France has Jasper Philipsen won in his career?
Jasper Philipsen has now won three stages of the Tour de France in his career.
Who won stage three of the Tour de France in 2023?
Jasper Philipsen from Belgium sprinted to victory on stage three of the Tour de France in 2023.
Who retained the yellow jersey after stage three?
Adam Yates from Britain retained the leader’s yellow jersey after stage three of the Tour de France.
What was the controversy surrounding the race on stage three?
There was controversy surrounding the race on stage three as Wout van Aert was squeezed out of contention due to limited space caused by barriers. Video footage of the incident was reviewed before confirming Philipsen’s victory.
How many Tour stage wins does Mark Cavendish currently share the record with?
Mark Cavendish currently shares the record of 34 Tour stage wins with Eddy Merckx.
What is the distance and route of stage four of the Tour de France?
Stage four of the Tour de France is a flat route covering a distance of 181.8km from Dax to Nogaro, with another bunch sprint expected at the finish.