Froome takes lead in Tour de France

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Updated: July 6, 2015

On the third day of the tour de France, we saw 2013 winner, Froome, get the yellow jersey back for the first time since he won back two years ago at the Champs Elysée. He gained precious time over rivals Contador (+36″), Nibali (+1’38”) and Quintana (+1’56”). Tony Martin was unfortunate not to wear the yellow jersey after having come very close in the first two stages, after stage 3, he had a one second disadvantage against Froome. GC rival Tejay Van Garderen managed to get himself into third place only 13 seconds behind Froome.

Climbing expert Joaquim Rodriguez took the stage win after perfectly timing his attack perfectly on the steepest climb of the Tour on the Mur de Huy.

Due to a horrific crash 58 km from the end, the race came to a halt three times due to what the organisers called a “neutralisation” before the côte de Bohisseau as it was deemed unsafe because of the ambulances and medics surrounding the cyclists.

Cancellara was one of those involved in the crash, clearly hurt in the accident, he struggled to put up a fight through to the end of the race and finishing over 5 minutes behind the leaders. Bonnet, Dumoulin, Konzontchuk and Gerrans were the four forced to withdraw after the collision, the first to withdraw from this year’s competition.

Froome has a big advantage at this early stage but there are still many more races before the end.


 

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