Tour De France 2013 Stage 3 Ajaccio To Calvi Preview

Updated: June 30, 2013

Still on the island of Corsica for one more day and at first sight it will offer the riders five climbs, which rise no higher than 450 metres, making this a short stage for the Tour’s standards. The race is only 145 kilometres long and only climbs that go to 450 metres high which means that if someone is having an off-day, they might not lose too much time. One thing that will surely happen is attacks at many periods of the race.

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Map of heights and distances to Stage 3, Ajaccio to Calvi

What To Expect 

The race starts with a climb straight away up to the top of Col de San Bastiano at 415 metres which could exclude the sprinters very soon, although it might be too difficult for the sprinters being a category 4 but afterwards there is a decent for about 15 kilometres, to give the sprinters a chance of getting back in the race. There will be a chance to pick up points in between the first and second climb to get the green jersey, Marcel Kittel will start tomorrow with the green jersey having lost the yellow jersey. There are two category 3 climbs, Col de San Martino (429m) and Cote de Porto (161m), then it is finished of with a category 2 mountain then a steady descent of 12 kilometres for a steady finish.


It’s hard to predict who will win this stage, I could name a good climber who can also descend very quickly like Peter Sagan, Cadel Evans or even Chris Froome. But I think that tomorrow Evan’s team-mate Tejay Van Garderen of BMC will win this stage. An outside bet could also be the two Irish men Nicolas Roche or Daniel Martin but it is probably unlikely that those two will win the stage. This stage is a hard one to predict to due to fact it is made to be unpredictable with a period of flat parts, climbs and descents.


Tour De France Stage 3 Ajaccio To Calvi Preview written by Seb True.

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