July 10, 2007
Stage 3: The best jersey defense is a brilliant attack
Yellow jersey Fabian Cancellara showed brilliant tactical sense to take a beautiful stage win in Campiégne.
A 4-man break of Stéphane Augé, Matthieu Ladagnous, Frederik Willems, and Nicolas Vogondy were being reeled in with less than a kilometer to ride, and Cancellara attacked out of the field as the peloton neared the foursome. Like a flash, the world TT champion was past the four and flying. The chaos of setting up their finish sprints, the chaos of the catch, and the sudden and vicious attack put the sprinters on their heels, and by the time they could wind it up to speed, Cancellara was out of reach for a dramatic win.
It was Cancellara's 3rd career stage win, the first outside of a Prologue.
1) Fabian Cancellara, Team CSC, Switzerland
2) Erik Zabel, Milram, Germany
3) Danilo Napolitano, Lampre-Fondital, Italy
4) Tom Boonen, Quick Step, Belgium
5) Robbie Hunter, Barloworld, South Africa
6) Robert Förster, Gerolsteiner, Germany
7) Robbie McEwen, Predictor-Lotto, Australia
8) Bernhard Eisel, T-Mobile, Austria
9) Mark Cavendish, T-Mobile, Great Britain
10) Heinrich Haussler, Gerolsteiner, Germany
Stéphane Augé takes over the King of the Mountains jersey from David Millar, and Cancellara extends his yellow jersey lead with the bonus time from the stage win.
Overall standings after Stage 3:
1) Fabian Cancellara, Team CSC, Switzerland, in 15:12:08
2) Andreas Klöden, Astana, Germany, at :33
3) David Millar Saunier Duval, at :41
4) George Hincapie, Discovery Channel, at :43
5) Bradley Wiggins, Cofidis, Great Britain, same time
6) Vladimir Gusev, Discovery Channel, Russia, at :45
7) Tom Boonen, Quick Step, at :46
8) Vladimir Karpets, Caisse d'Epargne, Russia, same time
9) Thor Hushovd, Credit Agricole, Norway, at :49
10) Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau, Euskaltel - Euskadi, Spain, same time
Fabian's attack was freakin' AMAZING. What a thrilling finish to the stage today.
I've been following your Twitter updates while watching the VS video stream when I can ;-) I'm glad I caught that last part today.
Posted by: Fritz at Jul 10, 2007 1:13:19 PM
Might you be looking at the stage white jersey info rather than overall info? Cavendish, who certainly did have a better stage today than he has been having, is not exactly in the running yet:
It's still Gusev.
Posted by: Holger at Jul 10, 2007 4:14:27 PM
Holger, you're right, of course. I hate it when work interferes with the Tour :-).
Posted by: TdFblog's Frank at Jul 10, 2007 5:02:54 PM