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Tour de France - Stage Three

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Morning all, and welcome to day three of the Tour de France - today we'll be starting in Saint-Malo and finishing in Nantes.

The peloton will be heading south over what is a pretty flat course and, as on Sunday, we should see another exciting sprint finish.

Yesterday's uphill finish didn't really suit our own Mark Cavendish but even he describes today's stage as "perfect for me".

Fingers crossed for Cav then, and I hope he has better luck than me on his bike today...I was all set to cycle into work this morning but, over the weekend, someone has got into the (locked) bike shed at my flats and stolen the quick-release mechanism off my seat post. A nice touch.

Anyway, enough of my bike woes - how do you think today will go and can/will Cav have a chance at the end?

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comment by Welsh84 (U1651225)

posted Jul 7, 2008

I know theres alot of fuss about Cavendish this tour and his attempt to win a few stages and aim for the green jersey.

But my question is what is the aim of the tour for the other Britain, Millar?

Obviously he will try and win the TT but as a team leader is he not also looking at a top 20 in the GC or higher or does he not harbour those ambitions anymore.

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posted Jul 7, 2008

A bit of both I think Alex, the GC men weren't bothered about the break at all, while it seemed to me the sprinters teams didn't want to do the work only to see a rival take the win. Interesting that QS put the hammer down just as the crash was happening, coincidence?

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posted Jul 7, 2008

Does anyone know what Feillu's TT is like? Can we expect any of the former GC leaders (Millar, Cancellera, Valverde etc.) to be able to take over a minute and a half back from him in only 30km? I can imagine him being quite motivated to retain the yellow jersey for a proper road stage.

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posted Jul 7, 2008

The wind was ideal the last 30 km of the stage. Kevin De Weert (Cofidis, and commentator on Belgian TV) had been saying for hours this was going to happen. It was the usual stuff for the riders at the front of the peloton. The same always happens near the Flemish coast, in Bretagne, in the region around Oviedo (Spain) ...

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posted Jul 7, 2008

Apologies to all those listening in today. The weather had been playing havoc in the radio tribune all day with flickering TV screens for all the journalists present. Then right at the crucial moment some of us had our connections drop out on audio... very frustrating but these things do happen - thankfully rare, though.
Anyway a great day for the French - the stage win, the maillot jaune and the maillot a pois. It goes to show that a decent attitude pays dividends. And their riders are generally very polite and professional when you talk to them. Wish I could say the same for certain other riders.

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posted Jul 7, 2008

Im expecting to see Cancellara in Yellow tomorrow, its a shame for Feillu that his day in yellow comes in a TT and not a road stage.

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posted Jul 8, 2008

Alex thanks for the head up

A Great stage and a great start to the Tour, let it continue smiley

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posted Jul 8, 2008

The peloton split due to Quick Step putting the hammer down when they came into the wind. Erik Dekker was not pleased with Menchov at all at the end because he'd been telling him to get to the front before the turn. Silly and completely avoidable loss of time which puts an awful lot more pressure on Menchov (and Ricco, and Moreau).

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comment by Ian B (U3864728)

posted Jul 8, 2008

Well, Cancellara put over a minute into most of the field in the London prologue, which was only about 5km, so 2 minutes over a 30km route is well within the scope of a top TT rider.

As long as the weather is reasonably fair, I expect Cancellara to be in yellow by the end of the day, perhaps with Millar up to 2nd and the GC riders filling most of the rest of the top 10.

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posted Jul 8, 2008

fantastic stage, drama right throughout, protests, broken bones and fantastic tactics and racing!!

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