Preview: What you need to know about stage 3 of the 2022 Tour de France

Date: Sunday July 3
Start: Velje
Finish: Sønderborg
Distance: 182 km

The final stage before we say ‘farvel’ to Denmark. A flat offering on the Jutland peninsula (the bit of the country actually connected to mainland Europe. We’re learning a lot about Denmark aren’t we?

Three fourth category climbs punctuate the route, to intermittently wake you up from your Sunday afternoon nap as Pierre Rolland tries to out-sprint polka-dot wearer Magnus Cort for one KOM point three times in a row. Less wind is expected en route to the finish line in Sønderborg, so another chance for the sprinters to duke it out is expected.

With Sønderborg being a 45-minute drive from the German border (a more direct, wetter route can be found across the Flensborg Fjord), there are any German riders who could have a say as the Tour finds itself the closest it’s been to Germany since the 2017 Dusseldorf Grand Départ?

Who will win stage 3?

Long gone are the days of Marcel Kittel and André Greipel, and there’s no Pascal Ackermann (UAE Team Emirates) attempting to fill his elders’ shoes. Could John Degenkolb (DSM) race like it’s still 2017 and bag a win? Unlikely. If you want to see a German victory, maybe pin your slim hopes to Max Walscheid (Cofidis) or a Nils Politt (Bora-Hansgrohe) late surge snatch-and-grab.

While we’re on home advantage (sort of), Mads Pedersen will be all-in to go better than third on stage 2 before the Tour leaves Denmark. Otherwise, it’s all about the usual in-form sprinters. Fabio Jakobsen for the double, Wout van Aert, Caleb Ewan, Dylan Groenewegen, Jasper Philipsen, and so on. Take your pick.

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