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Summary

  1. Peter Sagan wins stage three
  2. Britain's Geraint Thomas retains yellow jersey
  3. Stage three: Verviers to Longwy, 213km
  4. Five categorised climbs and uphill finish

Live Reporting

By Peter Scrivener

All times stated are UK

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  1. Brits on Tour

    Superb work Chris and a great photo to really end the day on.

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  2. This is the end

    And that seems like a good place to sign off for the day. Thanks for all your contributions today.

    The race report is taking shape.

    There will be live analysis of today's stage this evening on Facebook with OJ Borg, Rob Hayles and Simon Brotherton from around 18:30 BST, or check out the podcast a little later.

    And I'll be back tomorrow morning from 11:00 BST for what I expect will be a sprint finish in Vittel.

    Will Geraint Thomas remain in yellow? Will Mark Cavendish chalk up Tour stage win number 31?

    Be sure to join me - and the five live team from 14:30 BST.

  3. All smiles for Geraint

    I've just seen pictures of Geraint Thomas picking up his yellow jersey. A bigger smile than yesterday.

    That is a big stage ticked off for the Team Sky squad. It was a chaotic finish but it passed off without the incident and crashes that affected Sunday's stage.

    Geraint Thomas
  4. General classification

    1. Geraint Thomas (GB/Team Sky) 10hrs 00mins 31secs

    2. Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky) +12secs

    3. Michael Matthews (Aus/Team Sunweb) Same time

    4. Peter Sagan (Svk/Bora) +13secs

    5. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor/Dimension Data) +16secs

    6. Pierre Latour (Fra/AG2R) +25secs

    7. Philippe Gilbert (Bel/Quick-Step) +30secs

    8. Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol/Team Sky) +32secs

    9. Tim Wellens (Bel/Lotto) Same time

    10. Nikias Arndt (Ger/Team Sunweb) +34secs

  5. The top 10 on stage three

    1. Peter Sagan (Svk/Bora) 5hrs 7mins 19 secs

    2. Michael Matthews (Aus/Team Sunweb) Same time

    3. Dan Martin (Ire/Quick-Step Floors)

    4. Greg van Avermaet (Bel/BMC Racing)

    5. Alberto Bettiol (Ita/Cannondale-Drapac) +02secs

    6. Arnaud Demare (Fra/FDJ) Same time

    7. Jakob Fuglsang (Den/Astana)

    8. Geraint Thomas (GB/Team Sky)

    9. Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky)

    10. Rafal Majka (Pol/ Bora)

  6. Porte content with finish

    Richie Porte said his attack wasn't premeditated "but the guys put me in a fantastic position"

    However, he said he realised "about 500m out it was a bit far" and when he saw Peter Sagan move in front of him he had no chance of winning.

    "It's a shame I didn't pull it off," he added.

  7. A word from the winner

    Peter Sagan is laughing. "What is pressure? he says before thanking all his team-mates for "pulling all day on the front".

    He added: "It was a really hard climb. After Richie Porte attacked I decided to go and I said to myself I was going too early. But I sprinted and my foot came out, another mistake, but I got my foot back in and I won. Matthews almost got me but I'm happy for the victory."

  8. Thomas eighth

    Geraint Thomas finished eighth, two seconds back, one place ahead of Chris Froome. Richie Porte, Nairo Quintana and Alberto Contador also finished two seconds adrift so there is no change in the time differences for the general classification contenders.

  9. Eight stage wins for Sagan

    "Sagan is a freak," says Small Man Peaky on twitter at #bbccycling.

    It's hard to disagree. To unclip in full sprinting mode and then have the ability to get back in and stay upright and sprint to victory. Sensational.

    An eighth stage win for the Slovakian.

    the finish
  10. Froome up to second

    Chris Froome moves up to second place overall. He must have finished on the same time as Geraint Thomas because he is 12 seconds back.

    A British one-two at the Tour after three stages. I'll settle for that.

  11. Thomas stays in yellow

    I'll get a full run down of the results shortly, but suffice to say Geraint Thomas will start stage four in the yellow jersey as race leader. It also looks like Chris Froome appeared from nowhere to make sure he lost no time on his rivals.

    A bit tough to see in the closing stages with riders falling back in the final 100m and others coming through.

  12. Post update

    Rob Hayles

    Former GB cyclist on Radio 5 live sports extra

    That was incredible, such a hard hard finish and so difficult to call.

  13. Showtime from Sagan

    A nonchalant wave of the hand by Sagan as he crosses the line - it was never in doubt Peter eh?

    That was closer than I think Peter Sagan realised. He looked like he was going to win that with ease but his foot unclipped from his pedal with about 200m to go.

    The world champion clipped back in and still had the power to take it. Michael Matthews was catching with every revolution but needed another 10m.

    Sagan
  14. Post update

    Simon Brotherton

    Radio 5 live sports extra commentator

    Oh, what a long-bursting finish that was!

  15. Sagan wins

    Peter Sagan wins stage three of the Tour de France.

    Finish
  16. Sagan riding easily

    Porte has a few bike lengths lead and is really opening up this race. Peter Sagan is still in the wheel riding like it's the first kilo of the race.

    Geraint Thomas also looking good.

  17. Final kilo - Porte attacks

    There are no Team Sky riders up in the first dozen. But BMC are still leading this out.

    Here comes Sky up the right. Michal Kwiatkowski bringing Geraint Thomas up there. Alberto Contador is also prominent.

    Richie Porte attacks!

  18. Final 2km

    A big left-hander in the middle of Longwy and the road suddenly kicks up.

    Richie Porte is up alongside Greg Van Avarmaet as the riders hit the steepest section with 1.5km to go.

    Dan Martin appears down the left. Peter Sagan and John Degenkolb are also up there.

  19. Final 3km

    We are into the final 3km and most of it is uphill. It's a sharp kick up to the line after ascending Côte des Religieuses.

    The climb is officially 1.6km at 5.8% but there is an 11% section.

  20. BMC continue to lead

    Three BMC Racing riders are still leading the way as the road snakes down into Longwy.

    The peloton is stretched to breaking point.