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July 06, 2004

Stage 3 Preview: Waterloo to Wasquehal

The Tour leaves Belgium halfway through the stage to move into France. It's 121 miles in all, with a 4th-category and a 3rd-category climb in the first 40 miles, then very flat all the way to a 1400-meter closing straightaway in Wasquehal.

Many of the riders are antsy about two sections of cobbles on the race route, one with around 30 miles to ride, and another with 6 miles to go. If the peloton is tentative on the pavé, there's a chance that a good tactician could take advantage and make it to the line (and if so, maybe it will shut up Al Trautwig).

Some of the teams are likely to be looking ahead to the team time trial on Wednesday.

Starting Stage 3, it's:

m_jaune.gif Thor Hushovd (Credit Agricole)

m_vert.gif Thor Hushovd (worn by Robbie McEwen - Lotto-Domo)

m_pois.gif Paolo Bettini (Quick Step-Davitamon)

m_blanc.gif Fabian Cancellara (Fassa Bortolo)

Red race numbers for the day belong to Jakob Piil, as the most agressive rider yesterday.

Posted by Frank Steele on July 6, 2004 in Stage profiles, Top Stories, Tour news | Permalink


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cool site -- i linked to your site if you dont mind, landed here through anil dash, keep up the good work!

Posted by: gino at Jul 6, 2004 4:46:56 AM

YES, Trautwig is seemingly clueless. His constant complaining that breakaways never succeed was driving me up the wall also.

Posted by: stubna at Jul 6, 2004 12:57:12 PM

Ditto on Trautwig... please, bring back Kirsten Gum even, anyone but Trautwig. He was getting on my nerves before the tour even got underway with his godawful narratives/voice-overs on some of OLN tour specials.

Posted by: lancefan at Jul 6, 2004 3:43:55 PM

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