Tour de France 2013

June 29 - July 21, 2013, Porto-Vecchio, France, Road

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Susan Westemeyer

Stage 3 of the Tour de France is another short one with four ranked climbs.

  1. 12:15:01 CEST

    Welcome back to the Tour de France – our last day in Corsica! Again today the peloton will face four ranked climbs, category 4 to 2.

  2. 12:18:42 CEST

    It's a short stage today, only 145.5 kilometer, and we think that the day's break group will have a good chance to stay away until the end.

  3. 12:23:08 CEST

    As always, Cyclingnews' preview of the stage is here. If you would rather just watch the preview video, just click here.

  4. 12:26:45 CEST

    Things are scheduled to start at 12:35, with an 8.7km neutralized zone.

  5. 12:31:26 CEST

    Rumours of some sort of politicial protest which may delay today's start -- let's hope it is just rumours.

  6. 12:34:21 CEST

    The sun is shining once more, and the temperature at the start is 23°C.

  7. 12:39:06 CEST

    Here are the day's climbs, courtesy of

    Km 12.0 - Col de San Bastiano3.4 kilometre-long climb at 4.6% - category 4
    Km 58.0 - Col de San Martino7.5 kilometre-long climb at 5.4% - category 3
    Km 75.0 - Côte de Porto2 kilometre-long climb at 6.4% - category 3
    Km 132.0 - Col de Marsolino (443 m)3.3 kilometre-long climb at 8.1% - category 2

  8. 12:40:18 CEST

    The riders have taken off on the neutralized section -- no sign of a protest there.

  9. 12:45:39 CEST

    • Red Polka Dot Jersey

    Pierre Rolland is in polka dots. And how! Helmet, jersey, shorts, bike...... all is with with red dots.

  10. 12:47:19 CEST

    This is called the "Stage of 10,000 curves" and we are told will show us Corsica's finest scenery. We have seen love some lovely landscapes so far!

  11. 12:51:16 CEST

    All 198 riders were at the start again.

  12. 12:54:44 CEST

    We have had the sharp start, and Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil-DCM) Is the first to jump.

  13. 12:55:36 CEST

    Several riders now give chase, which will probably make him happy. We doubt Westra really wanted to go all the way by himself.

  14. 142.8km remaining from 145.5km

    12:56:53 CEST

    Four riders have now joined Westra. Let's see if this turns out to be the group of the day.

  15. 13:00:49 CEST

    The five in the lead are: Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil-DCM), Sebastien Minard (AG2R), Alexis Vuillermoz (Sojasun), Cyril Gautier  (Europcar) and Simon Clarke (Orica-GreenEdge).

  16. 139km remaining from 145.5km

    13:04:47 CEST

    This is indeed the group of the day. They now have two and a half minutes over the peloton.

  17. 13:08:04 CEST

    The stage starts out with a climb, basically going uphill right from the start. That is followed by a mor-or-less flat section, (well, compared to the rest of the stage, that is), before going up and down all the rest of the way to the finish line. The final climb, a cat. 2, tops out only 12 km from the end, and from there it is all downhill to the finish.

  18. 13:09:16 CEST

    Our first abandon: Andrey Kaschechkin of Astana.

  19. 13:12:38 CEST

    RadioShack leads the way, as the gap has now grown to 3:37.

  20. 13:16:24 CEST

    • Climb

    The five leaders come to the top of the first climb, the cat. 4 Col de San Bastiano. The five sprint for the point -- looks like Clarke took it ahead of Vuillermoz. There was only one point to be had here.

  21. 13:17:10 CEST

    That point did indeed go to Clarke.

  22. 13:20:02 CEST

    Today's intermediate sprint comes early, at 28.5km.

  23. 13:23:10 CEST

    Jan Bakelants (RadioShack Leopard) is delighted with his victoryQuite naturally, Jan Bakelants was over the moon after his win yesterday.  The RadioShack rider called it “definitely the most beautiful day in my life as a cyclist.”

  24. 13:27:54 CEST

    • Yellow Jersey

    Jan Bakelants of RadioShack-Leopard moved into the yellow jersey with his stage win yesterday. Here is the top ten coming into today's stage:

    1     Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack Leopard     8:40:03      
    2     David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Sharp     0:00:01      
    3     Julien Simon (Fra) Sojasun            
    4     Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica GreenEdge            
    5     Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling            
    6     Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica GreenEdge            
    7     Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team            
    8     Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team            
    9     Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale            
    10     Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team

  25. 13:29:47 CEST

    Now the five lead riders near the day's intermediate sprint. The real fun will come some four minutes later, when the field comes to that line, and the sprinters fight it out for a handful of points.

  26. 13:34:38 CEST

    A puncture for Suitsou (Sky).

  27. 13:35:41 CEST

    The intermediate sprint -- and the top points go to MInard, as the quintet doesn't challenge for it.

  28. 13:39:21 CEST

    The sprinters out of the field sprint for the remaining points. Kittel, in green, takes the points ahead of Greipel and Sagan.

  29. 13:41:42 CEST

    The maximum gap was 4:19, but now it has come down to 3:36.

  30. 13:44:48 CEST

    • Green Jersey

    Marcel Kittel (Argos-Shimano) finished way down and lost yellow, but managed to hang on to the green points jersey.

    1    Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano     47      pts
    2     Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale     43      
    3     Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha     41      
    4     Lars Boom (Ned) Belkin Procycling Team     40      
    5     Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team     39      
    6     Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack Leopard     30      
    7     David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Sharp     30      
    8     Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team     22      
    9     Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team     22      
    10     Julien Simon (Fra) Sojasun     21     

  31. 13:51:13 CEST

    • Red Polka Dot Jersey

    Both Pierre Rolland (Europcar) and Biel Kadri (AG2R) have five points in the mountain ranking, but it is Rolland who is wearing the polka dots today.

    1     Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar     5      pts
    2     Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale     5      
    3     Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar     2      
    4     Lars Boom (Ned) Belkin Procycling Team     2      
    5     Brice Feillu (Fra) Sojasun     2      
    6     Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Euskaltel Euskadi     1      
    7     Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling     1      
    8     Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Sky Procycling     1      
    9     David Veilleux (Can) Team Europcar     1      
    10     Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel Euskadi     1

  32. 13:54:48 CEST

    We are all familiar with those stages with long, straight flat roads.

    We are not having one of those today. As predicted, it is aull up and down and turning and curving. Nothing terribly dramatic, but enough to keep one busy.

  33. 13:59:17 CEST

    David Millar (Garmin-Sharp) came so close to taking the yellow jersey – he is now in second place, only one little second down."It's very disappointing,” he said.

  34. 101km remaining from 145.5km

    14:00:55 CEST

    101 kms to go, and the gap is 3:50.

  35. 14:06:21 CEST

    Clarke signals to his team car that he needs a drink.

  36. 14:09:16 CEST

    The second climb of the day is coming up. That is the Col de San Martino7.5 kilometre-long climb at 5.4% - category 3.

  37. 14:12:53 CEST

    Geraint Thomas is the very last rider at the end of the field. He is suffering from injuries from that first stage crash.Geraint Thomas of Sky looked uncomfortable as he crossed the finish line

  38. 14:20:33 CEST

    Michal Kwiatkowski of OPQS is the best young rider, and RadioShack-Leopard the top team.

  39. 90km remaining from 145.5km

    14:22:35 CEST

    Saxo Bank moves up near the front of the peloton. With 9 km to go and the second climb approaching, the gap is 2:56.

    G. Thomas is back at the race doctor's car, getting some care and a pain-relieving spray on his tailbone.

  40. 14:26:35 CEST

    1 km now to the top of the next climb for the break group. This is a cat 2 climb, so the first three riders will get points.

  41. 14:29:01 CEST

    • Climb

    Another sprint for the mountain points -- and the winner is Clarke ahead of Vuillermoz.

  42. 14:30:32 CEST

    According to, Clarke has a "small facture of the pelvis". Ouch.

  43. 14:31:47 CEST

    Saxo Bank is now leading the peloton and the pace has picked up. The gap has even dropped to under two minutes.

  44. 14:33:37 CEST

    Sky was not happy with Saxo-Tinkoff possibly setting something up for Alberto Contador, so the British team has jumped into the lead work now.

  45. 14:37:07 CEST

    • Cannondale

    Cannondale's Ted King was one of the victims of the Stage 1 crash and yesterday was happy to simply finish the race. As he explained it, “Fortunately my legs are great, it’s the body that's taken its toll.  The road rash is one thing, I can handle that. But it's the shoulder that the problem."

  46. 14:39:20 CEST

    This seemed like a good day for a break group to stay away to the end, but that is beginning to look unlikely. The gap is under a minute now as the peloton has really put on the speed.

  47. 14:41:35 CEST

    Belkin is now the ones pulling the peloton along. With 78 km to go, the gap is only 49 seconds.

  48. 14:42:59 CEST

    The peloton is winding its way down this climb, lots of hairpin curves.

  49. 14:49:32 CEST

    As soon as this descent is over, the next ascent starts. There is no rest for the weary here....

  50. 14:50:26 CEST

    And up the leading quintet goes, with only a 39 second gap.

  51. 14:52:38 CEST

    And another sprint for the mountain points. Clarke takes them once again!

  52. 14:53:45 CEST

    Just like last time, the mountain points went to Clark ahead of Vuillermoz.

  53. 14:56:51 CEST

    • Team Sky

    Stage two was one of those “good news-bad news” sort of days for Team Sky. The good news was that Chris Froome felt perky and attacked in the finale. The bad news is that two of his helpers, Geraint Thomas and Ian Stannard are struggling after the Stage 1 crash.

  54. 14:59:35 CEST

    Yoann Bagot of Cofidis is the second rider to abandon the race.

  55. 65km remaining from 145.5km

    15:01:21 CEST

    With 65 km to go, the gap has crept backup to 1:07. And the temperature is now 29°C -- that's hot!

  56. 15:02:43 CEST

    A crash. 4 or 5 riders involved. It looks like the ridersa are all ok but we can't necessarily say the same for the bikes.

  57. 15:03:51 CEST

    Niki Terpstra's bike seemed to have suffered the most. He too looked to be moving a bit slowly and stiffly.

  58. 15:06:11 CEST

    FDJ's Jeannesson is the next to have some sort of mechanical problem.

  59. 15:09:21 CEST

    Marcel Kittel (Argos-Shimano) Marcel Kittel (Argos - Shimano), going from yellow to green today. His jersey, that is, not him!

  60. 15:11:01 CEST

    Sorry about that, it is supposed to read:
    Marcel Kittel (Argos-Shimano) has changed colours, going from yellow to green today. His jersey, that is, not him!

  61. 15:11:48 CEST

    The gap has gone back up to 1:32, and Sky is now back leading the chase.

  62. 15:13:32 CEST

    But now RadioShack has taken back control of the peloton.

  63. 56.3km remaining from 145.5km

    15:17:20 CEST

    Jens Voigt is the man on the front setting the tempo for RadioShack Leopard. We're a shade under 40 kilometres from the final climb of the day, the second category Col de Marsolino, but there's scarcely a metre of flat in the intervening period.

  64. 15:19:04 CEST

    Sky, Saxo-Tinkoff and BMC are all marhsalled behind the long string of RadioShack riders and maillot jaune Jan Bakelants. Froome, Contador and Evans all know that positioning is crucial on a sinuous parcours like this.

  65. 54km remaining from 145.5km

    15:20:01 CEST

    The five escapees are continuing to collaborate as smoothly as these twisting roads allow, and their advantage stands at 1:20 over the main peloton.

  66. 15:22:25 CEST

    The pace has slowed somewhat over the past few kilometres. The peloton will be happy to let the break dangle out there a little longer.

  67. 50km remaining from 145.5km

    15:24:37 CEST

    50 km to go and a gap of just under two minutes.

  68. 15:31:06 CEST

    • Europcar

    Pierre Rolland of Europcar said the team's aim was to take the KOM jersey yesterday, but that he is more concentrated on the GC than on the polka dots.

  69. 15:32:06 CEST

    The peloton is flying alone single-file on this curving road, and the gap is back down to 1:37.

  70. 15:34:34 CEST

    The five in front are working well together and grimly hanging on to their lead.

  71. 15:38:14 CEST

    Another crash. Vichot of went down alone it looks like. Needs to get his chain back on, though.

  72. 15:40:50 CEST

    There are (were) 198 riders in this race.  Where do they all come from? Not surprisingly, the largest contingent is French, with 42. That is followed by Spain 42, Italy 18, Netherlands 18, Belgium 12, Australia 11 and Germany 10. In all, 27 nations are represented here.

  73. 39.7km remaining from 145.5km

    15:41:43 CEST

    The gap hs now fallen to under a minute again.

  74. 15:44:46 CEST

    The youngest rider in the race is Danny Van Poppel, who is still a teenager. The Vacansoleil-DCM rider won't turn 20 until after the race is over, July 26.

    The oldest is none other than Jens Voigt (RadioShack-Leopard), who is 41 years old. He beats out Stuart O'Grady (Orica-GreenEdge) who is only 39, and Matteo Tosatto, who is a mere 38 years old.


  75. 15:48:58 CEST

    Vichot gave chase for about 7 kms, but has now successfully re-joined the peloton.

  76. 15:51:57 CEST

    This is truly a sinouus, snaky road.

  77. 15:55:02 CEST

    What does Tony Martin (OPQS) think of the Tour? "I don't know what it is with me and the Tour de France. It's a love-hate relationship. Well, to be honest, right now there's more hate.”Tony Martin being moved by stretcher from the team bus to the waiting ambulance an hour after the finish

  78. 25km remaining from 145.5km

    15:59:09 CEST

    The five leaders go under the 25 km marker, with only 38 seconds in hand.

  79. 16:01:07 CEST

    They will all soon start up the final and most difficult climb of the day. That is the Col de Marsolino (443 m) witih a 3.3 kilometre-long climb at 8.1% - category 2.

  80. 16:01:45 CEST

    Minard tried to attack out of the lead group, but the otehrs went with him. The peloton is getting closer and closer.

  81. 16:04:53 CEST

    Saxo-Tinkoff agains  moves to the front of the field, in fact Contador rides side-by-side with Froome. Who will try something on this final climb?

  82. 16:05:15 CEST

    Meanwhile, Clarke and Mnard have taken off out of the lead group.

  83. 16:07:00 CEST

    Neither Clarke nor MInard is a threat to the yellow jersey, as they were both in that 17 minute group yesterday.

  84. 16:08:02 CEST

    A puncture for Izaguirre of Euskaltel. Not a good time.

  85. 16:09:58 CEST

    Riders are starting to fall off the back of the peloton, as Gautier takes off to chase the ltwo leaders.

  86. 16:10:48 CEST

    The peloton has now caught Westra, with Vuillermoz the next to be overtaken.

  87. 16:12:06 CEST

    The sprinters have fallen back -- Cavendish, Greipel, & Co. But Sagan is still up front.

  88. 16:12:42 CEST

    Minard has dropped back from teh lead and Gauteir has caught him. Clarke now alone in the lead.

  89. 16:13:50 CEST

    There was even more serious climbing in the Tour of Austria today. Take a look at who won.

  90. 16:14:25 CEST

    Two riders have attacked out of the peloton and have only a few metres. Clarke is only 12 seconds ahead.

  91. 16:16:35 CEST

    Igor Anton is the Euskaltel rider who has a few meters lead on the field. And Clarke is not that far ahead of him.

    Rolland attacks!

  92. 16:16:52 CEST

    Rolland and a helper easily pass Anton and then join Clarke.

  93. 16:18:10 CEST

    More and more riders dropping back, including Andy Schleck.

    The two Europcar riders have dropped Clarke.

  94. 16:19:19 CEST

    Rolland was shortly joined by Euskaltel's Nieve, but now the Frenchman continues on alone.

  95. 16:20:25 CEST

    Rolland of course wants the mountain points. No doubt he would also be happy to take a stage win as well.

  96. 16:20:58 CEST

    It looks like a Belkin rider has jumped from teh field, as Rolland takes the five mountain ponts.

  97. 16:21:40 CEST

    Nieve is second across, followed by the Belkin rider and then the field.

    Rolland decides to go for it alone the remaining 12.7 kms.

  98. 16:22:17 CEST

    The Belkin rider was Lars Nordhaug.

  99. 16:23:13 CEST

    An OPQS rdier has a slight lead over the peloton on this descent.

  100. 16:23:33 CEST

    It is of course Sylvain Chavanel.

  101. 16:24:59 CEST

    The field is only 16 second back. We have just noticed that Rolland even has polka-dot gloves.

  102. 16:25:51 CEST

    Chavanel, Nieve and Nordhaug catch up to Rolland. Well, Chavanel has, the rest are a bit further back.

  103. 16:27:07 CEST

    Nordhaug and Nieve catch the two leaders btt the peloton is breathing down their necks.

  104. 16:28:59 CEST

    This foursome is workign hard to stay away for the final 5.3 kilometers.

  105. 16:29:51 CEST

    The peloton rides by the airport to which they will shortly return. They will fly over to Nice this evening.

  106. 16:30:53 CEST

    Nordhaug tries to jump but first Chavanel and the rest give chase. The field will have them in a few seconds.


  107. 16:31:59 CEST

    It is a small field, perhaps 50-60 riders. None of the pure sprinters are there, but importantly, the yellow jersey is in there.

    And Peter Sagan too -- will he finally get his stage win today?

  108. 16:32:21 CEST

    It could be one for Philippe Gilbert, as well.

  109. 16:32:55 CEST

    Two km to go and an ARgos rider has a slight iead.

  110. 16:33:11 CEST

    It is Tom Dumoulin.

  111. 16:33:47 CEST

    He is ahead with one km to go, but Cannondale is racing along behind him.....

  112. 16:34:00 CEST

    Dumoulin caught and passed.

  113. 16:34:46 CEST

    Cannondale leads the way and..... Simon Gerrans makes it a photo finish with Sagan!

  114. 16:35:24 CEST

    It looks like Gerrans has taken it by a whisker over Sagan!

  115. 16:37:10 CEST

    Sagan must really be wondering what he has to do to win in this year's Tour.

  116. 16:37:36 CEST

    Sagan will at least take over the green jersey.

  117. 16:38:40 CEST

    This is Gerrans' second Tour stage win. He won the 15th stage in 2008.

  118. 16:39:39 CEST

    Bakelants retains his one second lead and the yellow jersey.

  119. 16:42:55 CEST

    The top ten today:

    1 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 3:41:24
    2 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling
    3 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team
    4 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
    5 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team
    6 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
    7 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team
    8 Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
    9 Julien Simon (Fra) Sojasun
    10 Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi

  120. 16:43:40 CEST

    And the top ten in GC:

    1 Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack Leopard 12:21:27
    2 Julien Simon (Fra) Sojasun 0:00:01
    3 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge
    4 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
    5 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling
    6 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-GreenEdge
    7 David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Sharp
    8 Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
    9 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team
    10 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale

  121. 16:45:19 CEST

    And so we bid farewell to the very lovely island of Corsica. No doubt a number of cycling fans have now put it on their vacation destination list, after seeing all the loveliness there.

  122. 16:46:30 CEST

    Things continue tomorrow with the 25km team time trial in Nice. Join us then!

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