Due to the rain, a hectic final was already predicted for the 3rd stage in Brittany, but the run-up also claimed victims. Geraint Thomas, the 2018 Tour winner, crashed at more than 130 kilometers from the finish.
The leader of Ineos Grenadiers dragged, among others, Robert Gesink and Tony Martin into his fall. Gesink slammed his shoulder hard on the asphalt and stopped crawling on his bike.
With the 35-year-old Dutchman, Team Jumbo-Visma loses an important pawn for leader Primoz Roglic in the high mountains. Tony Martin was able to continue after the crash.
Geraint Thomas stayed for a while with a painful grimace, but teammates Rowe, Castroviejo and Van Baarle guided their leader back to the peloton. The damage will be measured after the ride. Last year, the Welshman had to give up in the Giro after a heavy crash.