July 04, 2011
Stage 3 Preview: 198km, Olonne-sur-Mer to Redon
We'll finally seee a traditional stage for the sprinters today, and it's unlikely that their teams will give today's breaks a chance to survive.
The intermediate sprint is at 104 km/65 miles, and the green jersey hopefuls will have to decide once again whether to burn some of their finishing speed to chase for a boost in the overall competition.
One feature will be familiar to fans from Florida -- the biggest climb of the day is a 67-meter-high bridge, the 4th-Category Côte du Pont de Saint-Nazaire. It comes with 55km/34 miles to ride.
My Twitter stream has included some Gramin insiders predicting that, after breaking through with the big win yesterday, today will be Garmin's second-ever Tour stage win, with Thor Hushovd in yellow helping to lead out Tyler Farrar. I expect that's the team's plan, but I also expect that Mark Cavendish will score his 16th stage win.
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