Dumoulin dashes to stage win

Bozic denied stage win hat trick, remains in race lead

Samuel Dumoulin (Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne) ended the winning streak of Slovenia's Borut Bozic (Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team) at the Etoile de Bessèges with his victory in the 148-kilometre third stage from Gran Prix du CC Rhone to Ceze-Languedoc.

Dumoulin proved the quickest on the uphill bunch gallop, besting Bozic and Dutchman Tom Veelers (Skil-Shimano) for stage honours.

Bozic, winner of stages one and two, continues his hold on two classifications, however, remaining in both the race lead and points classification lead.

Despite starting in cold rain, race action was animated right from the start with numerous riders trying to break free of the peloton. A 13-rider move went clear at kilometre 40 to no avail, then a nine-rider escape carved out a 26-second lead by kilometre 53, but this, too, proved unsuccessful.

Sandy Casar (Francaise Des Jeux), Christophe Kern (Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne), Fabrice Jeandesboz (Saur - Sojasun) and Sander Armee (Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator) counter attacked soon after the peloton re-grouped, however, forming the break of the day.

By kilometre 68 the quartet had extended its lead to 2:30 and at kilometre 85, with 63 kilometres remaining, the escapees' advantage over the peloton reached 3:45.

Race leader Borut Bozic's Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team along with members of Bbox Bouygues Telecom controlled the peloton's tempo and began to up the pace in pursuit of Casar, Kern, Jeandesboz and Armee.

With 48 kilometres remaining in the stage the quartet's lead was reduced to 2:25, further shrinking to 1:45 with 36 kilometres to the finish.

The four leaders continued to cooperate in their pursuit for stage glory as they began the first of four 7.1-kilometre finishing circuits in Ceze-Languedoc.

Bozic's Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team, trying to put their Slovenian sprinter in position to achieve a hat-trick of stage wins, stretched out the peloton on the first circuit and with three laps to go the break's lead was a tenuous 17 seconds.

Casar and Armee were absorbed by the peloton on the second circuit, but Kern and Jeandesboz pressed on, maintaining a 20-second lead with two finishing circuits remaining.

Skil-Shimano emerged at the head of the peloton and swept up the duo with one lap remaining. The peloton remained together through the final circuit into the 400 metre uphill finishing stretch with Dumoulin proving too fast for Bozic in their drag race to the line.

Full Results
1Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne3:24:36 
2Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
3Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
4Niko Eeckhout (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly  
5Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux  
6Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
7Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator  
8Steven Tronet (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
9Gregory Joseph (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator  
10Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana  
11Dominique Rollin (Can) Cervelo Test Team  
12Roy Curvers (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
13Johan Monbaerts (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
14Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
15Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr) AG2R La Mondiale  
16Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
17Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
18Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
19Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana  
20Rene Mandri (Est) AG2R La Mondiale  
21Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux  
22Guillaume Faucon (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
23Koen De Kort (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
24Eric Berthou (Fra) Carmiooro NGC  
25Laurent Beuret (Swi) Carmiooro NGC  
26Johan Coenen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator  
27Bert De Waele (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
28Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
29Anthony Geslin (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux  
30Yoann Offredo (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux  
31Bert Scheirlinckx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
32Bolat Raimbekov (Kaz) Astana  
33Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
34Sander Armee (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator  
35Yury Trofimov (Rus) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
36Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervelo Test Team  
37Renaud Dion (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
38Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
39Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
40Guillaume Blot (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne  
41Rémy Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne  
42Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
43Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
44Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
45Mickael Larpe (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
46Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator  
47Jocelyn Bar (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
48Arnaud Molmy (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
49Michael Barry (Can) Cyclisme Prof.Sky Team  
50John-Lee Augustyn (RSA) Cyclisme Prof.Sky Team  
51Benoit Daeninck (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
52Stefan Denifl (Aut) Cervelo Test Team  
53Valery Dmitriyev (Kaz) Astana  
54Koen Barbe (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
55Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly  
56Jean-Marc Bideau (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
57Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
58David Le Lay (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
59Andy Cappelle (Bel) Verandas Willems  
60Steven Cummings (GBr) Cyclisme Prof.Sky Team  
61Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne  
62Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
63Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
64Marc Mc Nally (GBr) An Post - Sean Kelly  
65Thierry Hupond (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
66Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux  
67Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
68Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator  
69Yann Huguet (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
70Jérôme Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
71Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
72Jean Marc Marino (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
73Nadir Haddou (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
74Jonathan Thire (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
75Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator  
76Maxim Gourov (Kaz) Astana  
77Bjorn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
78Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervelo Test Team  
79Oscar Pereiro Sio (Spa) Astana  
80Connor Mc Convey (Irl) An Post - Sean Kelly  
81Valentin Iglinsky (Kaz) Astana  
82Steve Houanard (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
83Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
84Jean-Luc Delpech (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
85Edward King (USA) Cervelo Test Team  
86Julien Mazet (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
87Freddy Bichot (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
88Mathieu Halleguen (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
89Rémi Cusin (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne  
90Sébastien Fournet Fayard (Fra) Carmiooro NGC  
91Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
92Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Cyclisme Prof.Sky Team  
93Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator  
94Paidi O'Brien (Irl) An Post - Sean Kelly  
95Stijn Minne (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly  
96Hans Dekkers (Ned) Landbouwkrediet  
97Enrico Peruffo (Ita) Carmiooro NGC  
98Stefan Van Dijk (Ned) Verandas Willems  
99Bart Dockx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
100Nicolas Portal (Fra) Cyclisme Prof.Sky Team  
101Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale  
102Steven Caethoven (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
103Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Cyclisme Prof.Sky Team  
104Cyril Bessy (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
105Grégory Habeaux (Bel) Verandas Willems  
106Alberto Ongarato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
107Maxime Mederel (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
108Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
109Diego Tamayo Martinez (Col) Carmiooro NGC  
110Sandy Casar (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux  
111Franck Bouyer (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
112Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
113Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
114Morris Possoni (Ita) Cyclisme Prof.Sky Team  
115Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux  
116Joost Van Leyen (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
117Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne  
118Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne  
119Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux  
120Cedric Pineau (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
121Lilian Jegou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
122Kenny Lisabeth (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly  
123Frédéric Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:05:10 
124Sven Renders (Bel) Verandas Willems  
125Oscar Pujol Munoz (Spa) Cervelo Test Team0:06:13 
126Jure Kocjan (Slo) Carmiooro NGC  
127Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:07:24 
128Jonas Vangenechten (Bel) Verandas Willems  
129Paride Grillo (Ita) Carmiooro NGC  
130Alessandro Raisoni (Ita) Carmiooro NGC  
131Gorik Gardeyn (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:10:49 
132Maxim De Busschere (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly0:15:10 
133James Vanlandschoot (Bel) Verandas Willems  
134Marcel Wyss (Swi) Cervelo Test Team  
135Joao Correia (Por) Cervelo Test Team  
136Johan Le Bon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:16:13 
137Nicolas Jouanno (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
DNSScott Davis (Aus) Astana  
DNSFabio Polazzi (Bel) Verandas Willems  
DNFMickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne  
General classification after stage 3
1Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team10:34:37 
2Niko Eeckhout (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly0:00:16 
3Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne  
4Arnaud Molmy (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
5Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:21 
6Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
7Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil - Shimano0:00:22 
8Sander Armee (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator0:00:23 
9Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
10Benoit Daeninck (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:00:24 
11Sandy Casar (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux  
12Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux  
13Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator0:00:25 
14Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
15Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 930:00:26 
16Dominique Rollin (Can) Cervelo Test Team  
17Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana  
18Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
19Johan Monbaerts (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
20Roy Curvers (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
21Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux  
22Gregory Joseph (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator  
23Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux  
24Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr) AG2R La Mondiale  
25Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator  
26Koen De Kort (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
27Yoann Offredo (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux  
28Jocelyn Bar (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
29Renaud Dion (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
30Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
31Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana  
32Cyril Gautier (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
33Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
34Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
35Jean-Luc Delpech (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
36Nadir Haddou (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
37Stefan Van Dijk (Ned) Verandas Willems  
38Laurent Beuret (Swi) Carmiooro NGC  
39Rene Mandri (Est) AG2R La Mondiale  
40Steven Caethoven (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
41Bert De Waele (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
42Steven Tronet (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
43Eric Berthou (Fra) Carmiooro NGC  
44Jonathan Thire (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
45Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne  
46Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
47Guillaume Blot (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne  
48Stefan Denifl (Aut) Cervelo Test Team  
49Johan Coenen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator  
50Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
51Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale  
52Valery Dmitriyev (Kaz) Astana  
53Guillaume Faucon (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
54Bolat Raimbekov (Kaz) Astana  
55Hans Dekkers (Ned) Landbouwkrediet  
56Cedric Pineau (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
57Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
58Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
59Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux  
60Anthony Geslin (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux  
61Yury Trofimov (Rus) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
62John-Lee Augustyn (RSA) Cyclisme Prof.Sky Team  
63Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
64Rémy Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne  
65Andy Cappelle (Bel) Verandas Willems  
66Bjorn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
67Pieter Ghyllebert (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly  
68Marc Mc Nally (GBr) An Post - Sean Kelly  
69Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervelo Test Team  
70Valentin Iglinsky (Kaz) Astana  
71Michael Barry (Can) Cyclisme Prof.Sky Team  
72Koen Barbe (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
73Bert Scheirlinckx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
74Mathieu Halleguen (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
75Kenny Lisabeth (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly  
76Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
77Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator  
78Oscar Pereiro Sio (Spa) Astana  
79Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
80Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator  
81Jean Marc Marino (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
82Jean-Marc Bideau (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
83Mickael Larpe (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
84Grégory Habeaux (Bel) Verandas Willems  
85Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux  
86Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
87Yann Huguet (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
88Maxim Gourov (Kaz) Astana  
89Jérôme Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
90Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
91Steven Cummings (GBr) Cyclisme Prof.Sky Team  
92Nicolas Portal (Fra) Cyclisme Prof.Sky Team  
93Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator  
94Morris Possoni (Ita) Cyclisme Prof.Sky Team  
95Edward King (USA) Cervelo Test Team  
96Freddy Bichot (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
97Thierry Hupond (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
98David Le Lay (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
99Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
100Frédéric Amorison (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
101Connor Mc Convey (Irl) An Post - Sean Kelly  
102Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Cyclisme Prof.Sky Team  
103Stijn Minne (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly  
104Joost Van Leyen (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
105Bart Dockx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet  
106Enrico Peruffo (Ita) Carmiooro NGC  
107Steve Houanard (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
108Franck Bouyer (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
109Paidi O'Brien (Irl) An Post - Sean Kelly  
110Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Cyclisme Prof.Sky Team  
111Rémi Cusin (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne  
112Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervelo Test Team  
113Sébastien Fournet Fayard (Fra) Carmiooro NGC  
114Julien Mazet (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
115Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne  
116Diego Tamayo Martinez (Col) Carmiooro NGC  
117Maxime Mederel (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
118Cyril Bessy (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
119Lilian Jegou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
120Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
121Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne0:00:59 
122Alberto Ongarato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:01:17 
123Sven Renders (Bel) Verandas Willems0:05:36 
124Frédéric Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
125Jure Kocjan (Slo) Carmiooro NGC0:06:39 
126Paride Grillo (Ita) Carmiooro NGC0:07:50 
127Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
128Jonas Vangenechten (Bel) Verandas Willems  
129Alessandro Raisoni (Ita) Carmiooro NGC  
130Oscar Pujol Munoz (Spa) Cervelo Test Team0:10:19 
131Gorik Gardeyn (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:14:55 
132James Vanlandschoot (Bel) Verandas Willems0:15:36 
133Joao Correia (Por) Cervelo Test Team  
134Maxim De Busschere (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly  
135Marcel Wyss (Swi) Cervelo Test Team  
136Johan Le Bon (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:16:39 
137Nicolas Jouanno (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:18:19 
Points classification
1Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team70pts
2Niko Eeckhout (Bel) An Post - Sean Kelly50 
3Arnaud Molmy (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole36 
4Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne35 
5Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil - Shimano31 
6Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 9328 
7Dominique Rollin (Can) Cervelo Test Team26 
8Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux26 
9Gregory Joseph (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator19 
10Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana16 
11Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux12 
12Johan Monbaerts (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 9311 
Mountains classification
1Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom12pts
2Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux8 
3Sander Armee (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator6 
4Anthony Geslin (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux6 
5Sandy Casar (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux4 
6Guillaume Faucon (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 934 
7Pierre Rolland (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom2 
8Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team2 
9Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom2 
10Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne2 
Teams classification
1Big Mat - Auber 9331:45:09 
2Roubaix Lille Metropole  
3Skil - Shimano  
4Francaise Des Jeux  
5Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator  
6Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
7Bretagne - Schuller  
9Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
10Carmiooro NGC  
11Verandas Willems  
12AG2R La Mondiale  
14An Post - Sean Kelly  
15Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne  
16Cervelo Test Team  
17Saur - Sojasun  
18Cyclisme Prof.Sky Team  

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