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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.

VeloNews | Stage 3 course map

Live text feeds:

VeloNews.com | Stage 3

Eurosport.com | La Chataigneraie-Tours

BBC Sport | Live: Le Tour stage 3

Live.cyclingnews.com

DailyPeloton.com | Stage 3 Live Report


Posted by Frank Steele on July 4, 2005 in Stage profiles | Permalink

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