Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Le Tour Stage 3

Well that was a surprise.

After perhaps one of the most boring TDF stages I have ever followed--hours and hours of yep those 2 guys are still ahead by 3 minutes or is it 4--it ends with some excitement after all.

With Auge and Willems attacking and eventually joining the other attack on the road, I thought that one of them was going to kick a little mud up in the faces of the complacent big boys of the peloton for not actually working today, but out of nowhere Cancellera takes off and leaves the rest of the sprinters in his dust.

Awesome. I think we all know that he won't be holding the yellow jersey once the tour hits the mountains so it's great to see him put enough time into the rest to hold it until then. I also love that it shows he is moving beyond just being a prologue guy in the tour.

Oh and add in Boonen coming in several places up on McEwen to increase his lead and hold onto the Green Jersey

General classification after stage 3

1 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team CSC 15.12.08
2 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana 0.33
3 David Millar (GBr) Saunier Duval - Prodir 0.41
4 George Hincapie (USA) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team 0.43
5 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone
6 Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team 0.45
7 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quickstep - Innergetic 0.46
8 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Caisse d'Epargne
9 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Crédit Agricole 0.49
10 Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi

Points classification

1 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quickstep - Innergetic 80 pts
2 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Predictor - Lotto 74
3 Erik Zabel (Ger) Team Milram 62
4 Romain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel 57
5 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team CSC 54

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