Tim Merlier sits up and makes a W sign after winning a furious bunch sprint on stage 3 of the 2024 Giro d'Italia.

Giro d’Italia stage 3 report: Merlier steals sprinter showdown

A late move by Pogačar almost spoils the first bunch finish of the race.

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by Joe Lindsey 06.05.2024 Photography by
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Tim Merlier will be tired tonight. The Belgian sprinter on Soudal-Quick Step had quite the active day, hopping in the day’s main breakaway and then powering to the win in his first Grand Tour since the 2022 Vuelta España. Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) almost foiled the sprint finish by countering a late attack from EF Education-EasyPost’s Mikkel Frolich Honoré, but the pair – joined by Ineos Grenadiers’ Geraint Thomas – were overhauled just a few hundred meters from the line.

A strange sprint stage



Brief analysis

I saw Honoré and then Pog go, and I was like, ‘might as well just go.’ But jeepers, man, it was solid. He’s kicking my head in!

-Geraint Thomas on the unexpected late-race move

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