Tour de France 2015 Stage 3 preview: Anvers - Huy, 159.5 km

The Flemish locals all refer to it as Antwerp, but the Tour de France stubbornly ignores hundreds of years of geopolitical tension by stating that stage 3 starts in Anvers. Perhaps it’s symbolic of unity over division that the stage crosses the language divide from Flanders to Wallonia, and the town of Huy.

After the crosswinds of stage 2, today is all about the hills, especially the quick succession of three short steep climbs in the final 18 kilometres, which replicate the finish of the Flèche Wallonne classic. The race ends on the Chemin de Chapelles, above Huy, a road which is better known as the Mur de Huy.

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