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Tour de France 2005

Date range:
July 2-24, 2005
  • Tour de France, France, GT
  • Stages Expand the race menu
    • Stage 1

      Distance:
      19km
      Start location:
      Fromentine
      End location:
      Noirmoutier-en-l'Ile ITT
    • Stage 2

      Distance:
      181.5km
      Start location:
      Challans
      End location:
      Les Essarts
    • Stage 3

      Distance:
      212.5km
      Start location:
      La Châtaigneraie
      End location:
      Tours
    • Stage 4

      Distance:
      67.5km
      Start location:
      Tours
      End location:
      Blois TTT
    • Stage 5

      Distance:
      183km
      Start location:
      Chambord
      End location:
      Montargis
    • Stage 6

      Distance:
      199km
      Start location:
      Troyes
      End location:
      Nancy
    • Stage 7

      Distance:
      228.5km
      Start location:
      Lunéville
      End location:
      Karlsruhe
    • Stage 8

      Distance:
      231.5km
      Start location:
      Pforzheim
      End location:
      Gérardmer
    • Stage 9

      Distance:
      171km
      Start location:
      Gérardmer
      End location:
      Mulhouse
    • Stage 10

      Distance:
      192.5km
      Start location:
      Grenoble
      End location:
      Courchevel
    • Stage 11

      Distance:
      173km
      Start location:
      Courchevel
      End location:
      Briançon
    • Stage 12

      Distance:
      187km
      Start location:
      Briançon
      End location:
      Digne-les-Bains
    • Stage 13

      Distance:
      173.5km
      Start location:
      Miramas
      End location:
      Montpellier
    • Stage 14

      Distance:
      220.5km
      Start location:
      Agde
      End location:
      Ax-3 Domaines
    • Stage 15

      Distance:
      205.5km
      Start location:
      Lézat-sur-Lèze
      End location:
      Saint-Lary Soulan (Pla d'Adet)
    • Stage 16

      Distance:
      180.5km
      Start location:
      Mourenx
      End location:
      Pau
    • Stage 17

      Distance:
      239.5km
      Start location:
      Pau
      End location:
      Revel
    • Stage 18

      Distance:
      189km
      Start location:
      Albi
      End location:
      Mende
    • Stage 19

      Distance:
      153.5km
      Start location:
      Issoire
      End location:
      Le Puy-en-Velay
    • Stage 20

      Distance:
      55km
      Start location:
      Saint-Etienne
      End location:
      Saint-Etienne ITT
    • Stage 21

      Distance:
      144km
      Start location:
      Corbeil-Essonnes
      End location:
      Paris Champs-Élysées
  • Race history

July 04, Stage 3: La Châtaigneraie - Tours 212.5km

By:
Cycling News
Published:
July 03, 2005, 1:00 BST,
Updated:
April 22, 2009, 13:09 BST

Finishing in the town of Tours, home to the finish of the late-season Paris-Tours race, stage 3 is...

Finishing in the town of Tours, home to the finish of the late-season Paris-Tours race, stage 3 is another stage tailor-made for the sprinters. Another chance for McEwen et al to show they can make light work of three approximately 1km, Cat 4 climbs and three intermediate sprints to take the stage victory. The two later climbs, at 161.5km and 179.5km should make the selection for those contesting the sprint come 5 o'clock. The last time Tours hosted a stage was in 2000, and it welcomes the Tour back with a probable exciting sprint finish. This is a stage very well suited to a sprinter such as Fassa's Alessandro Petacchi; but without the presence of Ale Jet at this year's Tour, and a number of sprinters on song, look to riders such as Baden Cooke to stamp their authority on the early stages after a mostly forgettable couple of seasons since winning the green jersey in 2003.


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