Tour de France Stage 3: Bunch Sprint in Angers4. July 2016, Angers (FRA) — Road Team
Stage 3 of the Tour de France saw the peloton tackle one of the longest stages of this year’s edition at 223.5 kilometers, which ended in a bunch sprint won by Mark Cavendish (Team Dimension Data).
The peloton waited for the final 50 kilomoters to increase their pace to catch a two-rider breakaway, reeling them in eight kilometers from the finish line.
The final ten kilometers was far from the relaxed pace the peloton enjoyed for most of the stage with the sprinters’ teams engaging in a hectic battle to the line. Cavendish edged out Andre Greipel in a photo finish.
Tejay van Garderen gained a couple of places on the General Classification and now sits in 16th place.
Quotes of the Day
“It’s [the stage] slow but then you know it’s going to be more hectic in the final which it was in the last 60 kilometers. It was super fast and quite dangerous but it’s another day ticked off. It’s still six hours on the bike. It’s not hard enough to be a race but you’re still not recovering. Fingers crossed that it’s a little bit faster tomorrow but each day is a day closer to the goal.”
Greg Van Avermaet:
“Today’s stage is a different type of race, more for the sprinters. And when you only have one guy in the front it’s a bit boring and no one really wants to chase. But then the final is pretty hectic as everyone still has fresh legs, so it’s pretty hard to be up there. It’s pretty risky so I’m happy that it’s over and we’re all safe and on the same time.”
Yvon Ledanois, Sports Director:
“After two complicated days with the weather and narrow roads today was a day more for recovery but the last 30 kilometers today was tricky, very complicated and a stage where we really need to help the leaders. It was a long day with this breakaway and tomorrow we have a similar stage, so we’ll be looking to keep our leaders, Richie and Tejay, safe.”
Tour de France
Stage 3, Granville > Angers (223.5km)
Top 3: Mark Cavendish (Team Dimension Data), Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal), Bryan Coquard (Direct Energie)
BMC Racing Team Top 3: 43. Tejay van Garderen, 60. Richie Porte, 62. Damiano Caruso
BMC Racing Team Top 3 on GC: 15. Greg Van Avermaet, 16 Tejay van Garderen, 77. Richie Porte
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