Tour De France 2013 Stage 3 Ajaccio To Calvi Review

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Updated: July 1, 2013

The last stage of The Tour De France 2013 in Corsica started in the same manner as the other two races had. Within the first kilometre, five riders broke away from the peloton, Lieuwe Westra (VCD), Minard (ALM), Vuillermoz (SOJ), Gautier (EUC) and Clarke (OGE), they managed to create a gap of two minutes. Andrey Kashechkin (AST) was the first racer of this year’s Tour De France to abandon the competition. By this time, the leaders created a 3 minutes 25 second gap. Clarke attacked to try and get the one point on offer for the climb, Vuillermoz tried following but didn’t catch him. The attack made a bigger gap in front of the peloton, 4 minutes 15 seconds. The five leaders would then fight it out for the points available in the first sprint at Sagone. Minard got 20 points, Westra 17 points, Gauthier 15 points, Vuillermoz 13 points and Clarke 11 points. The five best sprinters were the five ones who took the 6th to 10th place in the intermediate sprint, Kittel, Greipel, Cavendish, Kristoff and Sagan.

The first two to reach the top of San Martino were Clarke (2 Pts) and Vuillermoz (1 Pt), Gauthier made the attack but gained no points when the Australian and Frenchman took over him. As soon as the peloton reached the top of San Martino, they started recuperating time on the leaders, catching up to about a minute away from the leaders.

Yoann Bagot (CON) was the second cyclist to abandon this race and this year’s Tour De France. Cavendish (OPQ) and his team-mate Tony Martin were dropped off the peloton as expected but surprisingly got back in not long after. On the 3rd climb Clarke and Vuillermoz did exactly the same as before with Clarke taking two points and Vuillermoz taking one.

65 kilometres from the end, a crash was caused Terpstra and three other riders in the peloton, it wasn’t too serious and no-one was injured. With 46 kilometres of the race left, the group that broke away were still ahead of the peloton. French Champion, Vichot was involved in a minor crash on the tarmac, only he was effected and held up by it. Minard originally tried to break from the leaders, in an obvious attempt to take the points for today;s last climb, Clarke then attacked when closer to the top and Minard followed making them two lead ahead of the previous break-away group. Gauthier forced his way into Minard and Clarke’s leading group, the two others, Vuillermoz and original attacker at the beginner Westra got caught up by the peloton. Anton (EUS) broke from the peloton and attacked very strongly to decrease the gap between him and Clarke. Anton and Clarke fall back into the peloton showing that a solo effort isn’t the way to win points in the Tour De France.

The current polka-dot jersey holder, Rolland (EUP), chose the perfect moment to break from the peloton and got over the line to make sure he gets the 5 points and keeps the polka-dot jersey. Chavanel, Nieve, Rolland and Nordhaug tried to gain time on the peloton and looked like sprinting for the win, they looked troubled and were obviously struggling. With the 2 kilometres to go, the peloton was the leading pack and Peter Sagan looked to take the stage win that he so desperately wanted after just missing out the day before. A sprint at the end from surprise of the day, Simon Gerrans, was only millimetres ahead of Peter Sagan to take the stage win. Peter Sagan took the green jersey for the first time in this year’s Tour De France.

Welshman and Sky cyclist, Geraint Thomas, admitted after the race that he was in a lot of pain due to a fracture in his pelvis, but also said that he wasn’t going to stop cycling in this year’s Tour De France because of a broken pelvis.

Stage 3 Classification

01. Simon GERRANS (Aus) – Orica-GreenEdge – 3:41:24

02. Peter SAGAN (Svk) – Cannondale – +:00

03. Jose Joaquin ROJAS GIL (Spa) – Movistar – +:00

04. Michal KWIATKOWSKI (Pol) – Omega Pharma-Quick Step – +:00

05. Philippe GILBERT (Bel) – BMC Racing – +:00

06. Juan Antonio FLECHA GIANNONI (Spa) – Vacansoleil-DCM – +:00

07. Francesco GAVAZZI (Ita) – Astana – +:00

08. Maxime BOUET (Fra) – Ag2r La Mondiale – +:00

09. Julien SIMON (Fra) – Sojasun – +:00

10. Gorka IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTI (Spa) – Euskaltel-Euskadi – +:00

19 Jan BAKELANTS (2nd Stage Winner) (Bel) – Radioshack Leopard – +:00

23 Nicolas ROCHE (Irl) – Team Saxo-Tinkoff – +:00

28 Chris FROOME (GBr) – Sky Procycling – +:00

29 Millar David (GBr) – Garmin-Sharp – +:00

69 Daniel MARTIN (GBr) – Garmin-Sharp – +:00

156 Ian STANNARD (GBr) – Sky Procycling – +8:26

166 Mark CAVENDISH (GBr) – Omega Pharma-Quick Step – +9:15

177 Thomas GERAINT (GBr) – Sky Procycling – +9:15

181 Peter KENNAUGH (GBr) – Sky Procycling – +9:15

186 Marcel KITTEL (1st Stage Winner) (Ger) – +9:15

General Classification

01 Jan BAKELANTS (Bel) – Radioshack Leopard – 12:21:27

02 Julien SIMON (Fra) – Sojasun – +:01

03 Simon GERRANS (Aus) – Orica GreenEdge – +:01

04 Michal KWIATOWSKI (Pol) – Omega Pharma-Quick Step – +:01

05 Edvald BOASSON HAGEN (Nor) – Sky Procycling – +:01

06 Daryl IMPEY (RSA) – Orica GreenEdge – +:01

07 David MILLAR (GBr) – Garmin-Sharp – +:01

08 Sergey Lugatin (Uzb) – Vaconsoleil-DCM – +:01

09 Cadel EVANS (Aus) – BMC Raicing – +:01

10 Romain RODET (Fra) – AG2G Mondiale – +:01

11 Nicolas ROCHE (Irl) – Team Saxo-Tinkoff – +:01

15 Christopher FROOME (GBr) – Sky Procycling – +:01

59 Daniel MARTIN (Irl) – Garmin-Sharp – +:01

99 Peter KENNAUGH (GBr) – Sky Procycling – +9:16

173 Ian STANNARD (GBr) – SKy Procycling – +26:01

178 Marcel KITTEL (1st Stage Winner) (Ger) – Team Argos-Shimano – +26:50

184 Mark CAVENDISH (GBr) – Omega Pharma-Quick Step – +26:50

194 Geraint THOMAS (GBr) – Sky Procycling – +26:50

Points Classification

01 Peter SAGAN – Cannondale – 74 Pts

02 Marcel KITTEL – Team Argos-Shimano – 57 Pts

03 Alexander KRISTOFF – Katusha Team – 48 Pts

04 Michal KWIATOWSKI – Omega Pharma-Quick Step – 41 Pts

05 Lars BOOM – Belkin Pro Cycling – 40 Pts

06 Danny VAN POPPEL – Vaconsoleil-DCM – 39 Pts

07 Jose Joaquin ROJAS – Movistar Team – 36 Pts

08 Simon GERRANS – Orica GreenEdge – 32 Pts

09 Juan Antonio FLECHA GIAVONNI – Vaconsoleil-DCM – 32 Pts

10 Jan BAKELANTS – Radioshack Leopard – 30 Pts

12 David MILLAR – Garmin-Sharp – 30 Pts

15 Mark CAVENDISH – Omega Pharma-Quick Step – 25 Pts

50 Nicolas ROCHE – Team Saxo-Tinkoff – 4 Pts

Team Classification

01 RadioShack Leopard – 37:04:23

02 BMC Racing Team – +:01

03 Vaconsoleil-DCM – +:01

04 Lampre-Merida – +:01

05 Orica GreenEdge – +:01

06 AG2G La Mondiale – +:01

07 Team Europcar – +:01

08 Team Saxo-Tinkoff – +:01

09 Movistar Team – +:01

10 Astana Pro Team – +:01

11 Sojasun – +:01

12 Katusha Team – +:01

13 Sky Pro Cycling – +:01

14 Euskaltel-Euskadi – +:01

15 Garmin-Sharp – +:01

16 Belkin Pro Cycling – +:01

17 FDJ.FR – +:01

18 Confidis, Solutions Credits – +:01

19 Cannondale – +01:24

20 Lotto-Belisol – +12:44

21 Omega Pharma-Quick Step – +17:35

22 Team Argos-Shimano – +51:44

Climbing Classification

01 Pierre ROLAND (Fra) – Team Europcar – 10 Pts

02 Simon CLARKE (Aus) – Orica GreenEdge – 5 Pts

03 Blel KADRI (Fra) – AG2G La Mondiale – 5 Pts

04 Mikel NIEVE ITURRALDE (Spa) – Euskaltel-Euskadi – 3 Pts

05 Cyril GAUTHIER (Fra) – Team Europcar – 2 Pts

06 Lars BOOM (Ned) – Belkin Pro Cycling – 2 Pts

07 Lars-Peter NORDHAUG (Nor) – Belkin Pro Cycling – 2 Pts

08 Brice FEILLU (Fra) – Sojasun – 2 Pts

09 Alexis VUILLERMOZ (Fra) – Sojasun – 2- Pts

10 Juan Jose LOBATO DEL VALLE (Spa) – Euskaltel-Euskadi – 1 Pt

12 Christopher FROOME (GBr) – Sky Pro Cycling – 1 Pt

Under 25 Classification

01 Michal KWIATOWSKI (Pol) – Omega Pharma-Quick Step – 12:21:28

02 Romain BARDET (Fra) – AG2G La Mondiale – +:00

03 Peter SAGAN (Svk) – Cannondale – +:00

04 Nairo Alexander LOUITANA ROJAS (Spa) – Movistar Team – +:00

05 Tejay VAN GARDEREN (USA) – BMC Racing Team – +:00

06 Elia FAVILLI (Ita) – Lampre-Merida – +:00

07 Thiabult PINOT (Fra) – FDJ.FR – +:00

08 Andrew TALANSKY (USA) – Garmin-Sharp – +:00

09 Alecandre GENIEZ (Fra) – FDJ.FR – +:00

10 Alexis VUILLERMOZ (Fra) – Sojasun – +02:29

16 Peter KENNAUGH (GBr) – Sky Pro Cycling – +09:15

 

“Tour De France 2013 Stage 3 Ajaccio To Calvi Review” written by Seb True

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