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Tour de France Stage 3 – Live Blog

July 6, 2010

Canadian Ryder Hesjedal riding with Team Garmin-Transitions, leads the early break away, sets the pace for the lead group of seven, and finishes forth in a great race over cobblestones in Stage 3 of the Tour de France.

9:20 AM EDT

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As I suspected (and the experts on Versus say) the way to ride the cobblestones is to relax your grip on your steering and count on your forward momentum to keep the bike going straight. Faster, ironically is safer.

An object in motion (in a particular direction) will tend to maintain it’s vector; even though the cobblestones are kicking the front tire this way or that. I think Sir Issac Newton invented it; the 1st law of biking cobblestones. :)

He said it like this though:

“The vis insita, or innate force of matter is a power of resisting, by which every body, as much as in it lies, endeavors to preserve in its present state, whether it be of rest, or of moving uniformly forward in a straight line.”

Lance Armstrong, before the race today says, ‘yesterday was the pre-stress for the stress to come today’. Cyclist’s Rights seems to be the theme for a lot of the racers; the odd routes this year are pissing people off.

Like Le Tour should be perfect roads only. Hmmm…

After the greasy spot on the way down the cote de Stockeu yesterday the peloton agreed not to race for second place. Fans were angry, the commentators on Versus are saying Le Tour is about all road conditions not just time trials and climbs. I tend to agree, although I’m a sucker for a union movement, of any kind…

A break away of 7 riders has maintained the split since early in the race. Presently they’re 2’50″ ahead of the Peloton. With one quarter of the stage to go, will one or more riders try to make a break from the lead group? Still lots of Cobblestone sections to come…

Jens Voigt is pace setting for the Peloton as they jockey for position coming into the next section of cobblestone. Riders want to be in front on the cobblestones so they can see what’s coming. I’m not sure I agree with wasting so much effort just so you can see something you probably shouldn’t try steering away from (as per Newton’s 1st law of biking cobblestones).

I guess all these guys are used to being in control of just about everything in their universes.

The Peloton has halved the split (1’11″) with the lead group. No sign yet that anyone in the lead group is thinking break.


A live image of the race at 10:52 AM EDT

A live image of the race at 10:52 AM EDT

A crash! The leaders of the Peloton go down at the beginning of a cobblestone section.

Just after the crash 10:57 AM EDT

Just after the crash 10:57 AM EDT

Canadian native, born in Victoria BC, Ryder Hesjedal has broken away from the lead group and has a 36″ lead, the 6 riders chasing have a 1’07″ lead on the Peloton. Lance Armstrong has just lost the 2nd chase group.


11:14 AM EDT, 12 km to go

11:14 AM EDT, 12 km to go

The second chase group is being paced by Alberto Contador and team, which is 36″ from the leader and 15″ from the first chase group with 7km to go!

2.7 km to go.

2.7 km to go

2.7 km to go

Thor Hushovd pulls it out, sprinting ahead of six riders to win the stage.

Alberto Contador lost the 2nd chase group with a flat tire! He finishes 13th (-1:13). Lance Armstong caught the second chase group and finishes 32nd (-2:08).

Looks like yesterday’s winner, Sylvain Chavanel was using the wrong bike for cobblestones – he had to change bikes three times in the last half of the race. He loses all the 2’50″ lead he built yesterday, and the yellow jersey to Fabian Cancellara.

Ryder Hesjedal finishes 4th with a great ride. Hesjedal lead the break away early and at one point pulled out ahead of the lead group and held the split for a good long time before being caught again with 2.7 km to go.

Tour de France: Top 20 - Overall Standings on time after Stage 3

Tour de France: Top 20 - Overall Standings on time after Stage 3


Posted: July 6th, 2010
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