Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Tour de France Stage 3: A Brutal End to a Brutal Day

It is beginning to feel like the Tour de France organizers are searching out every piece of road that is used in the fabled Spring Classics, today being a perfect example.  While there were some differences in the course, the stage ended on the same climb up the vicious Mur de Huy that concludes Fleche Wallone.  Experience with the climb was the ticket for Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) who had won Fleche Wallone before and taken second on two other occasions.  Rodriguez had enough to claim victory but Chris Froome's (Team Sky) second on the day was enough for him to claim the Maillot Jaune.  He had enough time on Tony Martin (Etixx Quickstep) to take the jersey outright, but the bonus seconds were icing on the cake.  The surprise of the day was Alberto Contador (Tinkoff Saxo) who ceded 11 seconds to the other main rivals on a climb.  Perhaps he has not recovered as well as he thought from winning the Giro d'Italia in May.

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