Tour de France 2016 Stage 3 preview: Granville - Angers, 222 km

Advice to today’s breakaway, as they approach the finish line with the sprinters’ teams bearing down fast: don’t look back in Angers.

After a weekend by the seaside, the Tour heads inland and south. It’s back to business as usual, with a flat parcours, although the first half of the stage is what is known to cyclists as “French flat” – constant low-level rolling that adds a little fatigue into an otherwise straight-forward equation. En route, there are a few locations of interest to cycling spotters: the peloton will pass through Fougères, where Mark Cavendish won his only stage of the 2015 Tour; for the hipster fans, the town of Vitré, location of the Route Adélie one-day race, is just over halfway. Angers is twinned with Austin, Texas, the home city of the only cyclist in history to have been stripped of seven yellow jerseys. 

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