2019 Tour de France: Stage 3 preview

Stage 3: Binche - Epernay
Date: July 8, 2019
Distance: 215km
Stage type: Hilly

This is a stage of two halves. The first is mostly flat and open to the wind, which may be a factor, although frequent stages across northern France in recent editions underline that July rarely delivers the echelon-inducing gusts that race director Thierry Gouvenou and race boss Christian Prudhomme always hope for. Early on, the race crosses the border to reach French soil for the first time, with a breakaway group likely to be leading the way.

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