Stage 3 of the Tour de France presents the pure sprinters with an opportunity to roar once more, with the likes of Greipel, Kittel, Cav, Sagan and co once again under the microscope.
Stage 3: Granville to Angers – 223.5 kilometres
The second longest stage of the tour (the longest is the 237.5 kilometre stage 4) will be one for the pure sprinters again. It features no climbs of any significance, apart from one category four climb after 25 kilometres, so one should expect the inevitable suicide break from going down the road early, with the sprinters’ teams mopping it up in time for the big bunch sprint into Angers.
However, the finish features a slight drag up to the line, around two per cent, so it could be a tough sprint to judge properly. The intermediate sprint at 171 kilometres is likely to go to someone in the break, with the yellow jersey also likely to stay put today due to the sprinters potentially having lost a bit of time to the race leader on the previous day’s uphill finish. Expect the overall contenders to hide in the peloton as they conserve their energy with the first mountains looming in stage 5.