Tour de France: Stage 3

A big day for the Frenchmen

Like the stage the day before, anyone who gets caught out by a mechanical problem or ends up isolated because of a tactical error could lose significant time, especially if they are regarded as a likely contender and their rivals are determined to make them pay. The roads are tight, twisitng and bump up and down all day, crossing five climbs. The first comes right from the start. It will be interesting to see who is warming up frantically before the flag drops, as there's bound to be a mad dash to get into the breakaway group, with puncheurs once again likely to be very evident.

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