Second victory for Marcel Kittel who outsprinted Peter Sagan on The Mall in London. It was a brilliant and large victory as he won by the length of a bike like in Harrogate on Saturday. Vincenzo Nibali retained the yellow jersey as the Tour de France has completed his extremely popular trip to England.read more
2010 Tour champion Andy Schleck lost 1:05 at the end of stage 3 in London after he crashed in the finale. But he was philosophical about his misfortune.read more
Arnaud Demare was one of the contenders for the third stage of the Tour de France between Cambridge and London but the French champion finally had to settle for 14th place...read more
Most agressive rider.read more
“I was hoping to win, like every day, but once again, I must admit that Marcel is very strong. He's the strongest of all sprinters. I'm not a pure sprinter. Racing against Kittel, Greipel and those guys is very difficult for me but I followed the right wheel. I pointed Kittel's wheel and I'm glad I stayed there. I'm happy to not have crashed because the rain made the finale dangerous. I find Coquard being very good but is he a competitor for the green jersey? We'll see but it depends...read more
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After hosting the first Grand Départ of the Tour de France in England in 2007 and the Olympic Games in 2012, London is ready for another warm welcome to a bike race with stage 3 of the event that has struck the world with the impressive response from the crowd in Yorkshire. Fabian Cancellara who won the prologue seven years ago is back with the idea of attacking under the flamme rouge as he did on Saturday in Harrogate. As they'll cross the line, hopefully safely in the middle of the bunch,...read more
Newsflashes (Local time)
1. Marcel Kittel (Giant-Shimano)
2. Peter Sagan (Cannondale)
3. Mark Renshaw (OPQS)
4. Bryan Coquard (Europcar)
5. Alexander Kristoff (Katusha)
|16:07||The winner is... Marcel Kittel|
Marcel Kittel wins stage 3 in London.
|16:04||3km to go|
Giant-Shimano leads the charge with 3km to go.
|16:04||4km to go, Martin goes hard|
Cavendish is absent but OPQS still rides for a bunch sprint. Tony Martin is in action. For Mark Renshaw?
|16:02||Barta the most agressive|
Jan Barta has been awarded the Antargaz price of the most agressive rider of the day.
|16:01||All together with 6km to go|
Barta is caught. It's all together with 6km to go.
|15:58||Barta goes solo|
Barta is a true tima trial specialist. He attacks Bideau with 8km to go. Bideau gets reined in.
|15:57||10km to go: 30 seconds|
With 10km to go, Barta and Bideau have only thirty seconds lead left.
|15:55||Contador at the front|
As it rains badly, Alberto Contador opts for riding hard at the head of the peloton.
|15:50||15km to go: 1.10|
Barta shows that he's a great time trialist with Bideau on his wheel. The time gap is 1.10 with 15km to go.
|15:47||Schleck back in the bunch|
Andy Schleck has made his way back to the peloton.
|15:46||1.30 with 18km to go|
Time gap: 1.30 with 18km to go. Astana is again at the head of the peloton.
|15:45||It rains in London|
It's raining in the British capital for the remaining 18 kilometres.
|15:44||Devenyns in the chase|
Dries Devenyns has taken over from Ji Cheng as the lone Giant-Shimano rider chasing the leading duo with the Lotto-Belisol team.
|15:42||Kristoff back in the bunch|
Alexander Kristoff is back in the bunch.
|15:40||Ji and Lotto at work|
The sprinters' teams have realized the danger of letting Barta and Bideau too far ahead. Ji Cheng and the Lotto-Belisol team are speeding up at the head of the peloton.
|15:39||In front of the Olympic stadium|
Barta and Bideau are still leading the race as they ride in front of the Olympic Park.
|15:38||Kristoff at the back|
Bronze medalist of the Olympic road race in London, Alexander Kristoff is off the back, 200 metres behind. Some of his Katusha team-mates are trying to bring him back to the peloton.
|15:36||Astana in action|
Five riders from Astana are chasing the leading duo as the gap is 2 minutes with 26km to go, so they threaten Nibali's yellow jersey.
|15:32||Back on their bike|
All the riders involved in the crash are back on their back trying to get back to the peloton.
|15:31||Andy Schleck crashes|
Andy Scheck (Trek) is down. Also involved in the crash with 31km to go: Gerrans (Orica), King (Cannondale).
|15:29||More than two minutes|
Barta and Bideau are speeding up as they are close to London with 32km to go. Their advantage moves back to over two minutes.
|15:24||Ji brings the gap down|
Chinese rider Ji Cheng is still riding at the front of the peloton. The "breakaway killer" brings the gap down to 1.10 but other sprinters' teams don't want to catch the breakaway too early in order to avoid attacks in the finale.
|15:17||Coquard beats Sagan at Epping|
Result of the intermediate sprint in Epping Forrest, km 108
|15:11||Bideau wins the intermediate sprint|
Bideau is first on the sprint line ahead of Barta. The peloton speeds up
|15:09||A bit rainy|
As the breakaway riders approach the line of the intermediate sprint, it starts raining a bit on the road of the Tour de France. This is England...
|14:49||Yvon Madiot: "Démare has a pain in a wrist"|
FDJ.fr is showing up in the first positions of the bunch with Jérémy Roy helping the Lotto-Belisol team and Giant-Shimano's “breakaway killer” Ji Cheng. “We're riding on a narrow road, so it's better to be in the first part of the peloton”, directeur sportif Yvon Madiot told letour.fr. “From now on we have planned to take part in the chase. Arnaud Démare has been a little bit injured in a crash yesterday. He's got a painful wrist but not enough to give up on his ambitions. We're...
|14:43||65 km to go: 2.10|
Bideau and Barta look like speeding up a bit. The time gap is 2.10 with 65km to go.
|14:36||Roger Tréhin: "One chance out of 1000 but why not?"|
Questioned during the race by France Televisions, Bretagne-Séché Environnement's DS Roger Tréhin said: “Since we came to the Tour without our leader Eduardo Sepulveda, we need to be offensive. We have to try. Right now, the two breakaway riders try to play with the peloton in order to dissuade them from chasing too hard too soon. There's one chance out of one thousand, but why not?”
|14:34||Bakelants down again|
Jan Bakelants has crashed again in the feed zone because of riding over a bottle.
|14:29||75km to go|
With 75km to go, the leading duo is in the feed zone. They have passed half way into the stage. Their advantage over the peloton is 2.35.
|14:01||Bakelants is back in the bunch|
Jan Bakelants is back in the bunch after his crash.
|14:00||Matxin: «Now it's all for Costa»|
Mark Cavendish won't be the only sprinter missing on The Mall today. Italy's Sacha Modolo pulled out yesterday. Questioned before the start by letour.fr, Lampre-Merida's DS Josean ‘Matxin' Fernandez explained: “Modolo had a great condition before the Tour. He showed it at the Tour de Suisse. We really counted on him to perform. But he got a virus and fell sick. Yesterday, he was cooked and he had no choice but abandon. We still have two sprinters in the team, Max Richeze and Davide...
|13:49||Under four minutes|
At km 52, the time gap decreases: 3.55.
|13:47||Bakelants on the ground|
Last year's winner of stage 2 in Ajaccio Jan Bakelants (OPQS) crashed and got a bike change at km 45. He took Florian Vachon (Bretagne) down with him but the French rider quickly made his way back to the peloton. Bakelants looks a bit more injured. Omega Pharma-Quick Step is pretty unlucky these days. They've lost Mark Cavendish in the crash he caused in the final sprint of stage 1. Veteran Alessandro Petacchi struggles after having been bitten by a bee.
|13:44||Degenkolb has a flat tyre|
John Degenkolb (Giant) has a flat back tyre but shows no panic as the peloton is riding slowly enough for him to come back without any help from his team-mates. The German will have an important role to play in the lead out for his compatriot Marcel Kittel. He's also very ambitious for stage 5 as he has developed a true passion for Paris-Roubaix and finished second to Niki Terpstra this year.
|13:30||42km covered in the first hour|
Barta and Bideau have covered 42 kilometres in the first hour of racing.
|13:25||Time gap stabilized|
After 33km of racing, the time gap is stabilized at 4.15.
|13:22||Two rookies at the front|
The two breakaway riders Jan Barta and Jean-Marc Bideau are rookies on the Tour de France. The Czech rider has ridden the Giro and the Vuelta once before. He even came second in stage 14 to Cervinia behind Andrey Amador from Movistar in 2012. He's a multiple Czech champion for time trial. Bideau is taking part in his first Grand Tour and he's a multiple winner of Paris-Troyes.
|13:01||Sprinters' teams in action|
The peloton is strunge out as some sprinters' team set the pace: Lotto-Belisol, Giant-Shimano... "Breakaway killer" Ji Cheng is a man at work.
|12:53||More than four minutes lead|
After 17km of racing, the leading duo has an advantage of 4.06.
|12:51||Démare on top of the votes|
At the time of the stage starting from Cambridge, the survey on letour.fr puts Arnaud Démare on top of the favorite's list of riders who have performed in London previously. The French champion collects 26.18% of the votes, Chris Froome follows with 23.62%, Bryan Coquard with 17.67%, Fabian Cancellara with 17.18%, Alexander Kristoff with 15.36%.
|12:44||Mikaël Chérel: "It hurts badly"|
Some of the riders like the slow speed to start as their body feels the consequences of the crashes during the first two days. AG2R-La Mondiale's Mikaël Chérel told letour.fr: “I'm not going very well. I can't use my right hand to brake. All vibrations hurt. I hope to get better by the time we hit the mountains in the Vosges and survive the cobblestones on stage 5.”
|12:40||Km 8: 2.40|
Time gap after 8km: 2.40. The peloton led by Astana is happy to cruise at a moderated speed and let Barta and Bideau away.
|12:34||One minute lead|
After four kilometres of racing, Bideau and Barta already have one minute lead.
|12:32||Bideau and Barta out from the gun|
From the gun, two riders go clear: Jean-Marc Bideau (Bretagne-Séché Environnement) and Jan Barta (NetApp).
|12:31||Contador: "Yesterday's fight was for the show"|
Questioned on the start line by France Televisions, Alberto Contador said: "I'm feeling good. Until we reach the mountains, we don't know who is going well or not. Yesterday, the fight was for the show. The terrain didn't really allow us to attack seriously."
|12:27||Nibali is a "V1"|
Vincenzo Nibali received a new frame plate with his race number (41) last night. “V1” is written on it alongside water supplier Vittel. It means he got one stage victory on his honor roll at the Tour de France. Marcel Kittel is set to sprint on The Mall with a “V5” and keen to experiment a “V6” tomorrow. Mark Cavendish had the highest number “V25” for stage 1 but he pulled out of the Tour after crashing in Harrogate.
|12:25||Team Sky is the best team so far|
Team Sky leads the teams' classification with an advantage of 12 seconds over Astana and 14 over BMC. The British squad has already showed its depth on home soil.
|12:24||A taste of glory for Bardet|
Romain Bardet has the white jersey as a formidable symbol of him being the great hope of French cycling for the coming years. He's currently the second best young rider on GC, standing in fourteenth position, behind Peter Sagan, who is second but already busy with the white jersey.
|12:23||Lemoine doesn't have to fight today|
Cyril Lemoine has the polka dot jersey after scoring six points yesterday, one more than runner up Blel Kadri who wore that jersey for one day last year after stage 7. The French rider is sure to keep the lead providing that he completes the stage inside the time cut, as there' no categorized climb on the route today. Therefore, the Cofidis team based in the outskirts of Lille will most probably arrive at home with a distinctive jersey in the peloton.
|12:21||Sagan back in green|
Peter Sagan wears the green jersey for the 39th time already, even though he's only his third participation to the Tour de France and he's riding his 45th stage today. It's his big goal to bring it to Paris for the third consecutive time. Ahead of stage 3, he has an advantage of 22 points over Bryan Coquard and 24 over Marcel Kittel.
|12:20||No more white shark...|
Vincenzo Nibali is in the yellow jersey for the first time of his career. The last time "The Shark" wore a distinctive jersey at the Tour de France, it was the white one in 2008. He lost it to Andy Schleck for six seconds at the end of stage 16 from Cuneo to Jausiers after being welcomed on stage as a future champion on home soil as stage 15 finished in Prato Nevoso, Italy (the day of Simon Gerrans' first stage win in a Grand Tour). Nibali has two seconds lead over the other Tour de France...
|12:17||Riders on the move|
The riders have left the starting area in Cambridge. They have to roll for 4.9km before the start proper.
|12:10||Jersey holders on the start line|
The distinctive jersey holders today are Vincenzo Nibali (yellow), Peter Sagan (green), Cyril Lemoine (polka dot) and Romain Bardet (white). They are on the front line ready to start in Cambridge.
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- Yes, they’ll confirm Nibali’s domination9.61%
- No, the real fight will happen in the Alps47.68%
- No, Contador will win the Tour in the Pyrenees30.74%
- No, Porte will beat them all in the time trial11.97%