Merlier wins stage on another dramatic day
Geraint Thomas and Primoz Roglic both suffered crashes on an action-packed third stage of the Tour de France on Monday.
Roglic is 1500/1 to win the Tour while Thomas is 4500/1 behind favourite Tadej Pogacar, who is available at 1/1000.
Thomas suffered a dislocated shoulder and will be battling to be fit for stage four after Alpecin-Fenix's Tim Merlier claimed the sprint with team-mate Jasper Philipsen coming in second.
There was drama in the closing stages as Caleb Ewen fell and brought Peter Sagan down with him.
Another Alpecin-Fenix rider Matheiu van der Poel held onto the yellow jersey with an eight-second lead over Julian Alaphilippe. Pogacar is 39 seconds behind in sixth.
Tuesday will be another flat stage as the riders take on the 150km trip from Redon to Fougeres and then they will face the first individual time-trial of this year's race the following day.
Despite the carnage behind him, Merlier was unable to hold his joy at claiming a first stage victory in the world's biggest cycling race.
He said: "This is the biggest victory of my career so far - a dream come true.
"After my victory in the Giro d'Italia I was already very happy, and now I’ve won a stage at the biggest race of the world.
"This Tour has already been a success for us at Alpecin-Fenix.
"We are very happy with these two stages and Mathieu's Yellow jersey.
"I hope to reach Paris and fight for the victory in the Champs-Elysees."