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4 Jours de Dunkerque / Tour du Nord-pas-de-Calais 2011

Date range:
May 4- 8, 2011

May 06, Stage 3: Caudry - Le Cateau 171.2km

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Susan Westemeyer

Welcome to the third day of the Four Days of Dunkirk.  Will Marcel Kittel be able to make it a hat-trick today?

  1. 15:32:48 CEST

    Day three of four!  Actually, third of five!  Lots of action today.

  2. 35km remaining from 171.2km

    15:37:19 CEST

    With 35km to go, we have a six-man break group with just about two minutes on the field.

  3. 15:38:18 CEST

    Remy Cusin (Cofidis), Anders Lund (Leopard Trek), Andy Cappelle (Quick Step), Cyril Bessy (Saur SojaSun), Mathieu Claude (Europcar) and Anthony Colin (Roubaix Lille Metropole) form the escape group.

  4. 29km remaining from 171.2km

    15:46:36 CEST

    Katusha, Vacansoleil and Leopard Trek are leading the chase.

  5. 15:48:08 CEST

    Oops, let's make that 25km to go and 1:05.

  6. 15:49:48 CEST

    Colin has won at least two of the four mountain rankings today, giving him the overall lead in that category.

  7. 15:51:35 CEST

    Cappelle, Cusin and Claude are now alone in the lead, with a one-minute gap.  The other three have been caught by the field.

  8. 15km remaining from 171.2km

    15:58:00 CEST

    1:10 now for the leading trio, with Skil-Shimano and Topsport Vlaanderen leading the chase.

  9. 16:02:04 CEST

    The three are doing their best, but the gap is starting to come down and is now under a minute.

  10. 16:04:15 CEST

    Everything indicates that we will have another mass sprint today.  Will Skil-Shimano's Marcel Kittel be able to make it three in a row?

  11. 9km remaining from 171.2km

    16:06:30 CEST

    The three still have about a minute.

  12. 16:08:03 CEST

    Now down to 40 seconds.....

  13. 4km remaining from 171.2km

    16:12:28 CEST

    Katusha turned up the speed and the gap is now only 25 seconds.

  14. 3km remaining from 171.2km

    16:14:22 CEST

    These three guys really want to come through to the end! They still have 20 seconds.

  15. 16:14:46 CEST

    Flamme Rouge!

  16. 16:15:13 CEST

    And the break was caught before the last km.  The sprint is underway!

  17. 16:15:45 CEST

    Kittel!  He does it again!

  18. 16:16:08 CEST

    What a race this young German is having!

  19. 16:21:31 CEST

    Yauheni Hutarovich of FDJ took second, with Katusha's Denis Galimzyanov claiming third.

  20. 16:23:43 CEST

    Here are our standings:

    1 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Skil - Shimano
    2 Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) FDJ
    3 Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Katusha Team

    General classification after stage 3
    1 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Skil - Shimano

  21. 16:26:14 CEST

    That's it for today.  Thanks for reading along.