2010 Tour de France: Stage 3, Wanze - Arenberg Porte du Hainaut, 213 km

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    2010 Tour de France: Stage 3, Wanze - Arenberg Porte du Hainaut, 213 km

    his is a flat but difficult stage, including 13 km of cobblestones in seven cobbled sectors over the last 77.5 km. The cobbles culminate with the Arenberg Trench, which is known for being one of the most difficult sectors used in Paris-Roubaix. The tour enters France for the first time midway through the cobbled sections.

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    Stage 3 Climbs
    Km 48.0 - Côte de Bothey - 1.4 km climb to 3.4 % - Category 4

    Top 10 on General classification before stage 3
    1 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step 10:01:25
    2 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank 0:02:57
    3 Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia 0:03:07
    4 David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Transitions 0:03:17
    5 Lance Armstrong (USA) Team Radioshack 0:03:19
    6 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team 0:03:20
    7 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana 0:03:24
    8 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team Radioshack 0:03:25
    9 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Professional Cycling Team 0:03:29
    10 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram 0:03:32
     
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    2010 Tour de France: Stage 3 News Links

    Cancellara makes cobblestones look easy
    THE cobbles on the mini Paris-Roubaix stage at the Tour de France today did their job and shook up the general classification. The third stage gave us everything we had asked for and more. It was an awesome spectacle. Thor Hushovd won another incident stricken stage and Fabian Cancellara took back the yellow leader's jersey.
    Link: Fabian Cancellara makes cobblestones look easy | The Australian

    Garmin’s Farrar hanging in with broken wrist at Tour
    Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Transitions) started stage three with a broken wrist and several other injuries, notably to his knee, which he sustained in crashing on the slippery roads of the Belgian Ardennes on Monday. The American would have had good reason to call it quits, but decided to continue the race in the hope of better days.
    Link: Garmin?s Farrar Hanging In With Broken Wrist At Tour | Cyclingnews.com

    Cadel Evans makes gains on road to hell
    CADEL Evans today went to the “Hell of the North” and back to ride himself back into Tour de France contention. Evans, by virtue of finishing third behind stage winner Thor Hushovd, jumped 16 places in the general classification to be just 39 seconds behind Fabian Cancellara who reclaimed the yellow jersey.
    Link: Cadel Evans makes gains on road to hell | The Australian

    Riis rejects pavé inclusion after bittersweet day
    The Danish team had a brilliant day with Fabian Cancellara re-claiming the yellow jersey he had purposely given up on Monday, and overall favourite Andy Schleck making up some precious time over his nearest rivals. But they also lost Andy's older brother Fränk, who crashed in the third cobblestone sector with 40 kilometres to go and was taken to hospital with a broken collarbone.
    Link: Riis Rejects Pavé Inclusion After Bittersweet Day | Cyclingnews.com

    Lance Armstrong falls to 18th overall after Tuesday's Stage 3
    Lance Armstrong's hopes to go out a winner in his final Tour were damaged when he had a flat tire and lost 55 seconds on reigning champ Alberto Contador (Astana) and 2:08 to Saxo Bank's Andy Schleck and reigning world champion Cadel Evans (BMC). Armstrong's tire punctured on a section of cobbles, and although he rode with impressive power to bridge the gap to one chase group afterward, he was simply too far back to catch the leaders.
    Link: 2010 Tour de France: Lance Armstrong falls to 18th overall after Tuesday's Stage 3 - ESPN

    Rolland unlucky on the cobblestones
    Pierre Rolland was a very active member of the seven-man breakaway that took flight after eight kilometres of stage three but a flat tyre in the penultimate pavé section detracted from his initiative during the day. The classy Bbox Bouygues Telecom riders says there's more to come, however.
    Link: Rolland Unlucky On The Cobblestones | Cyclingnews.com

    Armstrong admits he was nailed on Tour pavé
    A philosophical Lance Armstrong (Radioshack) faced the media at the end of stage three of the Tour de France, which saw his hopes of winning an eighth title take a dent, if not a hammer blow. The American put it best when, towards the end of a refreshingly honest appraisal of one of the most challenging days of his Tour career, he said: “Sometimes you’re the hammer and some days you’re the nail. Today I was the nail. I’ve had plenty days when I was the hammer.”
    Link: Armstrong Admits He Was Nailed On Tour Pavé | Cyclingnews.com

    Tour riders enter cobblestone showdown
    Tour de France riders have started the most treacherous stage of the first week — facing seven bumpy sections of cobblestones as the race heads home to France.
    Link: The Associated Press: Tour riders enter cobblestone showdown

    Menchov escapes pavé unscathed
    Never to be underestimated, Rabobank's Russian leader Denis Menchov is looking rock solid after four stages of the Tour de France. Unlike many of his competitors, the 2009 Giro d'Italia winner and two-time Vuelta a España champion has come through an unusually crash-plagued first few days upright.
    Link: Menchov Escapes Pavé Unscathed | Cyclingnews.com

    Riders tumble like dominoes
    If this were the Tour de France of a century ago, when fans of certain riders routinely sprinkled nails on the route after their grubby-faced heroes had safely passed, subterfuge would be suspected.
    Link: TOUR DE FRANCE / Riders tumble like dominoes

    Vande Velde out with broken ribs
    US RIDER Christian Vande Velde has been forced out of this year’s Tour de France after breaking two ribs and suffering eye injuries in the crash-marred second stage.
    Vande Velde was among three team riders, including American Tyler Farrar and New Zealand’s Julian Dean, from the team who were taken to hospital for checks after dozens of competitors crashed on the slippery descents in the latter half of the 201km ride from Brussels to Spa in the Belgian Ardennes.
    Link: Daily Dispatch Online

    Flat day for Lance Armstrong
    Lance Armstrong’s hopes for victory in his final Tour de France hit a setback yesterday when a burst tire cost him time during a jarring stage over cobblestones that was won by Norway’s Thor Hushovd in Arenberg, France. “Our chances took a knock today,” Armstrong said. “I’m not going home, we’ll stay in the race and keep trying.”
    Link: Flat day for Lance Armstrong - BostonHerald.com

    Tour de France stage two injury list
    Garmin-Transitions: Team manager Matt White reports the squad was one of the hardest hit, with five riders crashing, including New Zealander Julian Dean, Americans Tyler Farrar and Christian Vande Velde, who was forced to abandon the Tour after X-rays revealed broken ribs. South Africa's Robbie Hunter also crashed, while Brit David Millar hit the deck three times. Farrar crossed the line 20 minutes behind Chavanel, heavily bandaged, and along with Dean and Vande Velde, went to the hospital for x-rays immediately following the stage. Results showed Farrar and Dean had no broken bones and will continue – for now.
    Link: Tour de France stage two injury list | The Australian

    Dean battered, bruised after Tour carnage
    Kiwi cyclist Julian Dean has been cleared of serious injury after a crash-marred second stage of the Tour de France landed him in hospital.
    Link: Cycling: Julian Dean taken to hospital after crash carnage | OTHER SPORTS News

    Déjà vu for Basso after Tour pavé
    Just as Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team) bested Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Doimo) on the Giro d'Italia's strade bianche, the Australian world champion won his duel over the Italian Giro winner on the pavé of the Tour de France. Although there are more adversaries for them in July, the duel is on again between the two main pupils of coach Aldo Sassi.
    Link: Déjà Vu For Basso After Tour Pavé | Cyclingnews.com

    Armstrong loses ground at Tour de France
    Although the 38-year-old American posted his best time trial result in five years before handling treacherous cobblestones sections with authority on Tuesday, Armstrong is already in trouble following the first three stages of the Tour de France.
    Link: The Associated Press: Armstrong loses ground at Tour de France

    Wiggins employs fighting mentality on pavé
    Team Sky was one of the teams fancied to make gains on the cobbles, and the British squad lived up to their billing by being one of the more prominent outfits, with Steve Cummings in the early break and another of their trio of British riders making the decisive split.
    Link: Wiggins Employs Fighting Mentality On Pavé | Cyclingnews.com

    Surgery for Frank Schleck as cobbles claim another victim
    A Team Saxo Bank statement read: "After the horrible crash [yesterday], Team Saxo Bank's Frank Schleck was examined at a local hospital where X-rays revealed three fractures of his left collarbone which obviously stopped the national champion of Luxembourg from continuing the stage.
    Link: Tour de France 2010: Surgery for Frank Schleck as cobbles claim another victim | Sport | guardian.co.uk

    Contador makes up time on rivals on Arenberg pavé
    The Spaniard lost 1:13 on Andy Schleck at the finish in Arenberg, reversing the 40-second lead he had over the Luxembourger at the start of the stage in Wanze, Belgium. Now, Contador sits 31 seconds behind the younger of the Schleck brothers.
    Link: Contador Makes Up Time On Rivals On Arenberg Pavé | Cyclingnews.com

    Fränk Schleck crashes out of Tour
    Stage 3 of the Tour de France from Wanze to Arenberg Porte du Hainaut was full of mixed emotions for the Schleck brothers and their Saxo Bank team. The Danish squad regained the yellow jersey through Fabian Cancellara, while Andy Schleck took vital time out of all but one of his GC rivals. However, Andy Schleck's older brother Fränk crashed out of the race with a broken collarbone.
    Link: Fränk Schleck Crashes Out Of Tour | Cyclingnews.com

    Evans thrives on cobbles in title boost
    Cadel Evans boosted his Tour De France yellow jersey bid in the most unlikely of places - on the perilous cobblestones that punctured Lance Armstrong's campaign. "I'm not quite built for the cobbles, but I got through it not bad - not bad for a guy who goes uphill anyway," said the Australian two-time Tour runner-up after the punishing 213km third stage from Wanze in Belgium to Arenberg in France. The effort from Evans and his BMC team was a lot better than not bad.
    Link: Evans thrives on cobbles in title boost

    Payback time for frustrated Hushovd
    Just a day after being the most frustrated rider of the Tour de France, Thor Hushovd's chagrin turned to joy with victory at Arenberg. After stage two, he was angered by the decision not to award any points in the green jersey classification except to first-placed Sylvain Chavanel, but Hushovd responded magnificently today by winning the Paris-Roubaix-style stage.
    Link: Payback Time For Frustrated Hushovd | Cyclingnews.com




    Tour de France 2010: peloton prepares for hellish day of racing on road to Roubaix
    Such demanding terrain is unknown territory for the majority of the peloton - who tend to be Grand Tour specialists or time-triallers and sprinters - and the potential for the race to be splintered asunder is right up there with a high mountain stages, which at this early juncture of the race is unusual indeed.
    Link: Tour de France 2010: peloton prepares for hellish day of racing on road to Roubaix - Telegraph

    Christian Vande Velde Exits 2010 Tour de France
    Christian Vande Velde, Tyler Farrar and Julian Dean were all taken to a local hospital where they were evaluated by team and hospital physicians. Christian Vande Velde suffered a left eyelid laceration requiring multiple stitches, along with two broken ribs.
    Link: Christian Vande Velde Exits 2010 Tour de France - Cycling News - Roadcycling.com

    Armstrong fears carnage on first cobbled stage on Tour for six years
    This year's Tour de France will cover 3,600 kilometres [2,236 miles], including some of the most fearsome climbs in the Alps and the Pyrenees. It's one of the toughest Tours in years, and yet perhaps the moment the peloton has been fearing most will arrive at about 4.30pm today, in between one bleak post-industrial town in southern Belgium and another in northern France. This is when the Tour hits the cobbles. Lance Armstrong predicted last week that there would be carnage and he wasn't exaggerating.
    Link: Cycling: Armstrong fears carnage on first cobbled stage on Tour for six years - Others, More Sports - The Independent

    Riders prepare for the bump and grind of the pavé
    So, after two quiet, uneventful days of the 2010 Tour de France, the riders head for the cobbles. With almost all the major contenders nursing bumps and scrapes, some more serious than others, the last thing any of them wants to do today is ride across nine miles of bone-jarring pavé. But somewill definitely be dreading the 133-mile stage three from Wanze in Belgium to Arenberg in northern France more than others. In fact, many are predicting thatit will have a decisive impact on the whole race.
    Link: Tour de France 2010: Riders prepare for the bump and grind of the pavé | Sport | The Guardian

    Tour's Stage 3 Tuesday will be cobbled with peril
    For the first time since 2004, the route will include cobbled roads known as pave (pronounced pav-EH), the same kind of bumpy, sometimes slippery streets that have become famous for tripping up cyclists in the annual Paris-Roubaix contest, which is regarded as the world's toughest one-day bike race. For the past three decades, the winner of the race known as "Hell of the North" gets a sett (cobble stone) as a prize for managing to avoid flat tires or worse in the ordeal to the finish line.
    Link: Bay Bikers: The Bay Area's bike blog : Tour's Stage 3 Tuesday will be cobbled with peril

    More trouble await Tour riders on cobbles
    Lance Armstrong, Alberto Contador and nearly half of the riders in the Tour de France have hit the ground after only two stages — and the crash bonanza could get even worse.
    Seven-time Tour champion Armstrong and his biggest rival Contador were caught up in a series of crashes Monday as scores of riders went down during a rain-soaked second stage.
    Link: The Associated Press: More trouble await Tour riders on cobbles

    Cobbles promise more tension in Tour de France
    Seven cobblestone sectors on the 210 kms third stage of the Tour de France between Wanze and Arenberg-Porte du Hainaut on Tuesday promise more tension following multiple crashes on the second. After several pile-ups on the road to Spa, the peleton refused to sprint to the finish line. There were rumours the bunch might decide to mount another protest on the infamous cobbles of the so-called Hell of the North.
    Link: Cobbles promise more tension in Tour de France | Sports | Reuters
     
  3. Scotttri

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    There's alot of hype about this stage playing a major part in this years race. I dont think it'll throw up to many suprises, but perhaps might point out a few riders who are sore from the last couple of days carnage, some of the better technical GC riders should look to capitalise on others percieved weeknesses but time will tell if they do.

    Should be a stage for a classics specialist. Hopeing BMC can come home with the goods, no particular rider just a BMC one.
     
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    You can always rely on the Telegraph

    "unknown territory for the majority of the peloton"

    as 104 of the riders have taken part in previous editions of Paris-Roubaix
     
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    Oh my, i'll update that post soon so it'll get pushed down. :cool:
     
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    This has been a race of survival so far and today should be no different. It will be a good day to be up front and I think maybe Saxobank will try to set the rhythm with Cancellara out front.
     
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    I'd agree with whats written in a couple of those articles, the biggest carnage will happen in the kilometer or two before they hit the cobbles as every fights for position at the front. That'll cause crash after crash.

    Once on the cobbles there will be some mechanicals but bikes are getting pretty good at resisting that sort of thing and the riders who aren't at the front will be taking it nice and easy as soon as the first cobbles come. Any crashes actually on the cobbles will probably come in the very front group and even then I'm not sure if many will happen.

    Biggest fear for the GC contenders then is getting a puncture or a mechanical, or getting caught out by the scrum for the front positions in the lead up to the cobbles. Once on the cobbles I don't think the first two secteurs are going to cause and issue but gaps will start forming on the last few. The climbers will have to take it easy over the pave and then rely on team mates to peg back time gaps on the smoother roads.

    I hope that there are some big time gaps today. If the Schlecks, Contador (best attacking riders) drop 3-4 minutes today on the likes of Wiggins, Armstrong, Evans, Basso (none of whom attack much) then that'll make the mountains really interesting as they'll have to go on the attack to get time back! If the gaps are too big things will get silly but that'll only happen if there's a big crash.

    Anyway, I'll be glued to the TV this afternoon, lets just hope it doesn't rain!

    Edit: And who's going to win? I can't see much past Hushovd for this stage. He's got the experience to hang tough on the cobbles and no one will be able to outsprint him at the end. This will likely give him an insurmountable lead in the green jersey competition as well.
     
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    Wooo! I got a prediction right for once! Looks like Hushovd has a solid lead in the green jersey competition, no one's going to be able to overtake him there unless he misses a couple of sprint finishes.

    Carnage on the roads with the peloton being split apart by crashes and mechanicals. Frank crashing out of the race created the split that saw Andy and Canc motor away from everyone else. Armstrong got dropped because of a mechanical but managed to ride his way solo back into the third group on the road, great ride by him but he's lost time.

    I was surprised by how well Contador and A. Schleck rode on this stage, I was expecting them to get bounced around all over the place but they both put in solid performances thanks to their team mates. Wiggins up there as well, good effort by him. Contador got dropped at the very end thanks to a mechanical with Vino driving for the line? Miscommunication or the first hint of split loyalties in the team???
     
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    according to versus, Lance lost 2:08 coming in 32nd, contador came in 13th. glad it was a mechanical and not himself bonking which would just be absurd.
     
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    So far this has been a very good race as far as being interesting and the good part has not even started.
     
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    Surprised this hasn't made the headlines but the stage result sheet has frank schleck listed as a DNF.
     
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    It's hard to imagine a team like radioshack not having anyone up front with lance. I bet there's gonna be a few words said about that tonight. Maybe Horner was off the back giving interviews on how dangerous the stage was... :p
     
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    Cavendish has got himself in quite the hole. He's not tied for last in the points classification: he's dead last with a single point. The green jersey looks to be solidly in Thor's hands and is his to lose.

    Tough blow for Frank Schleck.

    Despite prediction otherwise, I think Cancellara proven himself to be quite the team player so far.

    Evans stock has gone up some.
     
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    Exactly!! Only one Radiocrack rider with Lance. WTF? No Kloden around?? Maybe his Breathe Right strip fell off his nose and he stopped to pick it up. And while Horner was doing his daily diary, Levi was off the back finalizing plans for his Gran Fondo in October.

    With teammates like these, who needs competitors!?!?
     
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    when you're Lance Armstrong, you can use anyone and everyone for a pull. i've already said that his team wouldn't be able to really hang with him this time around and it's happening.

    it's not a normal Tour, not at all. gc vs gc at the end of it all.
     
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    I think Saxo's MVP of the day was Frank Schleck. If he didn't crash that split probably wouldn't have happened.

    Lance, despite the mechanical problem looked pretty strong, as well as Contador who looked to have a flat in the last kilometer. I don't think Vino realized AC was off the back of his group when he was powering home.
     
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    Great ride by Evans, Geraint Thomas, Canc, Menchov, Vino and Thor, Contador.
    And our own Nicholas Roche.
    Actually Vino didn't help his man by blasting away in the last kilometre.
    Contador didn't look happy.


    Uniballer might as well head off home, now that he can't win it.
     
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    how do figure he can't win? the race hasn't even begun yet not to mention that it's Lance Armstrong we're talking about, seven time champ, not some fly by night putz no one like the majority of everyone else in contention, like 'your own' whoever you are talking about that doesn't matter one iota, he doesn't know the meaning of the word 'quit' or he wouldn't even be in this race to being with.

    old 'uniballer' has more nuts than the collective cyclists, hell, people for that matter, of your entire nation so watch your mouth.
     
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    Kloden had a puncture and I don't know where Levi was at during the stage. However, Levi is only trailing Armstrong by 23 seconds in overall classifications. Contador looks tired. Anyone see that?
     
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