Tour de France 2012 – Stage 3

Stage Details:

Tonight is Stage 3, Orchies > Boulogne-sur-Mer, 197 km

The start of this stage will remind the riders of Paris-Roubaix, since the cobblestone experts regularly pass through Orchies, on the Chemin des Prières and the Chemin des Abattoirs which have such evocative names. Then in the Monts du Boulonnais -five hills with a gradient of around 10 %-, the “puncheurs” will have the opportunity, as they did in Seraing, to provide the spectators and viewers with an outstanding performance. The finish will be judged at the end of a 700m long ascent.Christian Prudhomme’s Analysis

Live:

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Now that’s tough! – When it began in 1903, the Tour comprised 2,428km of racing over six days. [The Conversation]

Results:

Stage 3 results
01 SAGAN, Peter SVK (LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE) 4:42:58
02 BOASSON HAGEN, Edvald NOR (SKY PROCYCLING) + 1
03 VELITS, Peter SVK (OMEGA PHARMA-QUICKSTEP)
04 CANCELLARA, Fabian SUI (RADIOSHACK-NISSAN)
05 ALBASINI, Michael SUI (ORICA – GREENEDGE)
06 EVANS, Cadel AUS (BMC RACING)
07 ROCHE, Nicolas IRL (AG2R LA MONDIALE)
08 SANCHEZ GONZALEZ, Samuel ESP (EUSKALTEL – EUSKADI)
09 MOLLEMA, Bauke NED (RABOBANK)
10 NIBALI, Vincenzo ITA (LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE)

GC after Stage 3
01 CANCELLARA, Fabian SUI (RADIOSHACK-NISSAN) 14:45:30
02 WIGGINS, Bradley GBR (SKY PROCYCLING) + 7
03 CHAVANEL, Sylvain FRA (OMEGA PHARMA-QUICKSTEP)
04 VAN GARDEREN, Tejay USA (BMC RACING) + 10
05 BOASSON HAGEN, Edvald NOR (SKY PROCYCLING) + 11
06 MENCHOV, Denis RUS (KATUSHA) + 13
07 EVANS, Cadel AUS (BMC RACING) + 17
08 NIBALI, Vincenzo ITA (LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE) + 18
09 HESJEDAL, Ryder CAN (GARMIN – SHARP)
10 KLÖDEN, Andreas GER (RADIOSHACK-NISSAN) + 19

* Podcast: Tour de France stage three [SBS Cycling Central]

* TdF Podcast 003 [Cycling Weekly]

Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) sprung from the bunch on a right hand bend with 400 uphill meters to race on a chaotic stage three of the Tour de France, leaving plenty of time to do the “running man” over the finish line ahead of Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky Procycling), who was second.
Peter Velits (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) was third, and Fabian Cancellara (Radioshack-Nissan) crossed the line in fourth, to hang onto his leader’s jersey.
A quiet start to the stage was shattered with 30 kilometers to race, when a series of crashes and mechanical problems split the peloton into several groups on the road. Two separate big crashes saw the first two abandons of the race, as Sky Procycling lost Kanstantsin Siutsou, and Jose Joaquin Rojas (Movistar) was forced to drop out with a reported broken collarbone.
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Team Sky suffered its first major setback at this year’s Tour de France when Kanstantsin Siutsou abandoned the race after crashing 140km into the stage to Boulogne-sur-Mer. The Belarussian was taken to hospital in Boulogne, where an x-ray revealed he had a fracture in the tibia bone of his left leg. Team director Sean Yates described losing Siutsou as “a major blow because he’s an integral part of the team”.cyclingnews

It hard to write about Sagan. He’s so good you quickly run out of adjectives. Today’s results don’t even tell the full story, he finished a second clear of the others but in fact had time to look back, sit up, cross himself and then perform a goofy “running man” celebration. It makes you wonder what the other riders think. … inrng

#SBSTDF

Tonight’s #sbstdf #drink is Duval Beer, Belgium (750ml)

#lvdt Stage 3: Round-up [les vaches du tour]

The #TrollDJ list from last night;
♫ The Muppets – Moving Right Along ~ (And the crowd goes Wild!)
♫ Jack White – I’m Shakin’ ~ Cav is not impressed with Van Hummels line changes during the intermediate sprint
♫ Eskimo Joe – Foreign Land ~ It’s repair time, raise your bike seat for you? #magicspanner
♫ Green Day – Hitchin’ A Ride ~ … well can we agree to call it a technical foul? He was behind the team car for a bit
♫ Chickenfoot – Alright Alright ~ closing montage with some of the incidents for Stage 3

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