Tuesday June 10th, 2014

Stage 3Ambert / Le Teil

Start 09h55 (Local time)

Key moments

Stage summary10.06.2014Giant-Shimano's speed prevails with Nikias Arndt

The contingent of German top sprinters from Giant-Shimano is no longer limited to the fame of Marcel Kittel and John Degenkolb as Nikias Arndt, 22, claimed his first victory at World Tour level as he outsprinted Belgium's Kris Boeckmans of Lotto-Belisol and ruined the hopes of Arnaud Démare in a tight finale in Le Teil. Already a stage winner at the inaugural Arctic Race of Norway in Stokmarknes, Arndt stepped up on the occasion of a long and hot day of racing at the end of which Chris...

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interview10.06.2014Chris Froome: «Another big fight tomorrow»

“The hot weather is for everyone. Personally I prefer the heat. I didn't have any problem defending the yellow jersey today. It wasn't us riding behind the breakaway really. It was FDJ mostly, and Trek until the crash. It's been a quiet day but I expect a more eventful one tomorrow. It's going to be a really hard stage and another big fight because the downhill to Gap can make differences. Such finales can create difficult situations. I'll try to stay out of trouble and stay in...

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interview10.06.2014Kevin Reza: «No long term plan»

“My goas was to retain the polka dot jersey at least tonight. It's a pretty good news to have made it and to keep a certain advantage. It's not exactly a competition that suits my characteristics but we're at the Dauphiné, it's a big race so it's important to wear a distinctive jersey. We'll see how far I can go with this jersey but I don't have any long term plan for wearing it. It's just nice to have it for now.”

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interview10.06.2014Wilco Kelderman: «I prefer to ride slowly now»

“It was hot! We had a lot of head so it's been a long day on the bike but that was actually better for me as I already have the Giro in the legs and I prefer to ride slowly now than intensely. But the heat added to the wind made it a really hard race. Anyway, I enjoy wearing the white jersey and I hope to keep it till the end.”

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interview10.06.2014Nikias Arndt: "I wasn't the designated sprinter"

“I didn't expect to win today because our designated sprinter was Reinhardt [Janse van Rensburg] but he crashed earlier on, so we didn't know if he'd be up for the sprint and we decided to rush to the line with two sprinters. It was a hectic sprint after a hard day of racing because of the heat and because we first had to catch the breakaway. We knew that Arnaud Démare was probably the best sprinter here but it all came down to team work and we got a perfect lead out. I wasn't confident...

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Sporting stakes09.06.2014The Longest Day

The short individual time trial in Lyon and the uphill finish at the col de Béal have already set a hierarchy among the GC contenders with Chris Froome getting the upper hand over Alberto Contador and even more over Vincenzo Nibali. The likes of Michal Kwiatkowski and Tejay van Garderen who started the 66th Critérium du Dauphiné as serious challengers have lost even more time. However, stage 3 might not be the most appropriate to make it up as the climbers would logically consider taking...

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