According to his team, the 35-year-old Frenchman has the necessary scrapes and bruises. “Mickael will have to take a few days of rest,” Groupama-FDJ said in a statement.
Dutch sprinter Fabio Jakobsen was seriously injured during the opening stage on Wednesday. The 23-year-old Deceuninck – Quick-Step rider was brought out of his artificial coma on Friday. The organization of the Tour of Poland, a race from the UCI WorldTour, was strongly criticized for the dangerous arrival in Katowice. The ride ended in a sprint on a descending road, where the riders reached speeds of over 80 kilometers per hour.
Carapaz wins stage
Richard Carapaz from Ecuador won the third stage with a late attack to his name. The winner of the last Giro d’Italia jumped away from the pack 400 meters from the finish. On the uphill stretch towards the line, Carapaz stayed ahead of the chasing mob behind him.
The Team Ineos rider was just ahead of Italian Diego Ulissi, whose Team Emirates teammates took the sprint uphill. Wilco Kelderman (Sunweb) finished fifth. Carapaz also took the lead in the general classification from world champion Mads Pedersen, winner of the second stage on Thursday. The Ineos leader is 4 seconds ahead of Ulissi.
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