2010 Tour de France – Stage 3

Thor Hushovd has won the 3rd stage of the Tour de France in what was an incredible and epic stage for the Grand Tour, perhaps the best I’ve witnessed in years. Canadian Ryder Hesjedal had an incredible ride, storming off the front for most of the day and capturing the most aggressive rider award. Frank Schleck was the only true casualty of the stage which many picked to eliminate numerous riders from the race in the carnage on the cobbles. Frank crashed and broke his collarbone and is out of the race.

In terms of the main GC competitors, Andy Schleck, Cadel Evans, Alberto Contador, Bradley Wiggins and Denis Menchov were the big winners today, with Lance Armstrong being perhaps the biggest loser finishing 2’08” down, 55 seconds behind Contador, as he was in a good position but flatted with about 20km to go. Ivan Basso, Carlos Sastre, Joaquim Rodriguez and Robert Gesink also lost time finishing 2’25” behind the winner and Andy Schleck as well as more than 1 minute behind Contador.

In the green jersey competition, Thor Hushovd just landed a devastating blow to Mark Cavendish, the latter who likely has already lost out in his number one objective for the season as Cav has 1 point and Hushovd has 63 points, better climbing skills and, most importantly, the green jersey.

Edit: Jonathan Vaughters (Garmin DS) has tweeted that Alberto Contador’s finishing time will be changed to be the same as Vinokourov because he flatted within the last 3km. This explains why Vino sprinted to the line for the best time. We’ll see if it happens and Astana files for a time correction. Could be very important as it would move Alberto within 11 seconds of Andy Schleck. Vaughters was praising Vino’s ‘smarts’

Stage 3 Top Three

1. Thor Hushovd (Cervelo)___________4:49’38”
2. Geraint Thomas (Sky)
3. Cadel Evans (BMC)

Stage 3 results
1. Thor Hushovd (Cervelo)________________4:49’38”
2. Geraint Thomas (Sky)
3. Cadel Evans (BMC)
4. Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin)
5. Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank)
6. Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank)
7. Johan Van Summeren (Garmin)__________+00’53”
8. Bradley Wiggins (Sky)
9. Jurgen Van den Broek (Omega Pharma)
10. Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana)
11. Denis Menchov (Rabobank)
12. Nicolas Roche (AG2R)
13. Alberto Contador (Astana)_____________+1’13”

For full stage 3 results visit Le Tour

GC Standings after Stage 3
1. Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank)_________14:54’00”
2. Geraint Thomas (Sky)________________+00’23”
3. Cadel Evans (BMC)___________________+00’39”
4. Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin)_______________+00’46”
5. Sylvain Chavanel (Quickstep)__________+01’01”
6. Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank)_____________+01’09”
7. Thor Hushovd (Cervelo)_______________+01’19”
8. Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana)_________+01’31”
9. Alberto Contador (Astana)_____________+01’40”
10. Jurgen Van den Broek (Omega Pharma)__+01’42”

13. Denis Menchov (Rabobank)___________+01’49”
14. Bradley Wiggins (Sky)________________+01’49”

16. Roman Kreuziger (Liquigas)____________+02’24”
17. Luis Leon Sanchez (Caisse D’Epargne)___+02’25”
18. Lance Armstrong (Radioshack)_________+02’30”

24. Levi Leipheimer (Radioshack)___________+02’53”

32. Sammy Sanchez (Euskaltel)___________+3’04”

48. Carlos Sastre (Cervelo)______________+3’19”
49. Ivan Basso (Liquigas)________________+3’20”

For full GC Standings visit Le Tour

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