Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Tue, Jul 10: TdF Stage 3

It's about 16:47 CEST and we're about 157 km into the race. Today's breakaway group consists of Nicolas Vogondy (Agritubel) and Mathieu Ladagnous (Française des Jeux), currently about 5:45 minutes ahead of the Peloton. The third and final sprint is coming up soon at 167km into the race.

David Zabriskie's quote of the day (from cyclingnews.com):

Danish journalists grilled Dave Zabriskie about his future with Team CSC. The Z-Man’s contract ends in 2007, but he was being coy about his future. “I’d prefer to retire to a beach in the Bahamas,” he joked. “If I can’t be a racer anymore, maybe I will be a forest ranger.”
Word is that Dave Z won't be sitting in a fire watch tower any time soon. Keep an eye open for an announcement soon, perhaps on a rest day during the Tour.

The gap is coming down slowly, currently at 3:56 with about 68km to go. So this breakaway won't last; by the time they get to the climb, they'll be caught.

Vogondy takes the final sprint, followed by Ladagnous, and once the peloton arrived, by Astarloza (Euskaltel).

With 60km to go, Stéphane Augé (Cofidis) and Frederik Willems (Liquigas) started an attack and are at 3.11 behind the breakaway, but only 15 seconds ahead of the peloton.

52km to go, all four "escapees" are together now, peloton at 3:15. The climb is coming up in about 18km; can the peloton catch the breakaway before the climb ?

Peloton is chasing now, gap is down to 2:20.

40km to go, 6km to the climb, the lead is back up to 3 minutes. Millar will not be able to defend his KOM.

If you don't have Versus, you can get LIVE VIDEO from Serbian TV ! How cool is that !

The peloton is on the climb, and Augé on his way to his KOM.

2:48 with just over 20 km to go.
2:07 with just 16.5 km to go.
1:40 with 13 km to go. Attack in the peloton.
1:30 with 10 km to go. Vogondy would be in yellow today, he has 54 seconds on Cancellara.

Serbian TV is now running a report about Historic Route 66 ... ?!?!?

1:15 with 7.5 km to go. It will be close.
1:05 with 7 km to go. Peloton is chasing hard.
0:44 now, the breakaway is faltering quickly.
0:40 at 5 km.
0:33 under 5 km.
0:27 at 3km, Willems attacks, but caught again.
0:24 at 2 km to go, this is going to be VERY close.
One kilometer to go, Cancellara chasing the break.

Cancellara WINS Stage 3 ! What an incredible finish !

Provisional results:

1 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team CSC
2 Erik Zabel (Ger) Milram
3 Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Lampre-Fondital
4 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quickstep-Innergetic
5 Robert Hunter (RSA) Barloworld
6 Robert Förster (Ger) Gerolsteiner
7 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Predictor-Lotto
8 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) T-Mobile
9 Mark Cavendish (GBr) T-Mobile
10 Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Gerolsteiner

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