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Biniam Girmay of Intermarché-Wanty celebrates as he wins stage 3 of the 2024 Tour de France.

TdF stage 3 report: Girmay makes history with a furious finish

The Eritrean speedster outsprinted an elite field for his first-ever Tour de France stage win.

Joe Lindsey
by Joe Lindsey 01.07.2024 Photography by
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Underdogs continue to rule the day at the Tour de France as Biniam Girmay (Intermarché-Wanty) sliced through a tightly crowded bunch of sprinters to take the win on stage 3, the first bunch finish of the 2024 edition. EF Education-EasyPost’s Richard Carapaz is the new race leader. The Ecuadoran was in fourth place entering the stage, but his 14th-place finish saw him jump three spots to the yellow jersey on count back placings.

After a crash in the middle third of the pack disrupted the field at 2.5 km to go, Girmay’s team took control into the final kilometer, with the Eritrean slotted patiently behind Arnaud De Lie (Lotto Dstny) before making a move along the barriers to surge past Lidl-Trek’s Mads Pedersen for the win. Fernando Gaviria (Movistar) nipped De Lie for second with a bike throw on the line.

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How it happened

I never dreamed to be part of the Tour, and now I cannot believe it to win.

-Biniam Girmay

Brief analysis

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It’s back to France and back to the climbing for stage 4 as the Tour has its earliest-ever major mountain stage. It’s relatively short at 139.6 km, but features 3,900 meters of elevation gain, including a trip to the top of the 2,627-meter Col du Galibier before a descent to the finish in Valloire.

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