July 04, 2005
Stage 3 profile
Today, 212.5 km, from La Châtaigneraie to Tours, the finish line for the fall Paris-Tours race, considered a sprinter's classic and won last year by Erik Dekker.
It's likely to be another day for the sprinters, but unlike yesterday, it's a broad, straight run-in to the finish. If it gets dicey, it's going to be from somebody getting in somebody else's way.
There are three 4th-category climbs on the day, so a long break, even an unsuccessful one, could net a rider a cheap day in the polka-dot jersey.
Likely stage-winners: Robbie McEwen, trying to atone for miscalculating the sprint yesterday, Thor Hushovd, Tom Boonen.
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