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Le Tour de France 2013 – Stage 3: Ajaccio > Calvi, 145km. Gerrans from Sagan

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Le Tour de France

Aird Mohr ferry terminal, Isle of Barra, Outer Hebrides, 17:00 Monday.

There’s only one bit of road on the entire island where you can get a mobile signal.

And as for the ‘net, I’ve sworn, raged and cried at trying to get solid internet connections in Europe, over the years.

I’ve even had it go down in the T-Mobile Worlds press centre in Salzburg, never mind Barra.

But here we are, five hours out of Oban across the Minch, on the edge of the Atlantic; Marlene opens the iPad, presses two buttons and in the time it take to write this, www.cyclingnews.com pops up.

I’m amazed, she’s nonplussed; ‘it’s always like that,’ she sniffs.

Hood junior had already clued me in on the stage winner by text (there’s about 400 metres of road, just outside the beach airport where you can receive a text); Simon Gerrans (GreenEdge & Australia) the former Aussie champion is a cool guy – when he won Milan-Sanremo I tried to ring him for a quote but went to ansaphone.

Five minutes later he rang me back – even though he was headed out to celebrate in his adopted home of Monaco.

Gerrans
Simon Gerrans pips Peter Sagan to the line on Stage 3 of the Tour.

Who’s in yellow?‘ I asked my boy; ‘Don’t know, I have to watch Andy at Wimbledon, now!

Ah! those Sky HD boxes, no wonder you don’t see kids playing football in the street, anymore.

Bakelants holds on to yellow – and whilst Corsica certainly was a ‘different’ start to the race, all the ‘heads’ are covered by one second.

Albeit there’s been a lot of skin and splintered carbon fibre been left in Mr. Bonaparte’s home.

Is it me or are the Grand Tour organisers in too much of a competition to see who can come up with the toughest/most spectacular/daftest parcours – you choose?

Gerrans
Jan Bakelants keeps the lead for another day.

The thing about a prologue to start is that it sorts out the status quo and whilst the first sprint stage is still mad, it’s not totally deranged.

But mind you, changing the finish line twice in five minutes doesn’t help . . .

TTT tomorrow – I love them.

Speed, skill, precision and real team work.

Favourites?

Garmin, despite their poor showing in the Giro, Millar, Martin, Talansky and Hesjedal are all ‘mad for it;’ Sky, obviously, but two of their biggest strongest boys, Geraint and Ian came down hard in Saturday’s debacle; Movistar, second in the Giro TTT and winners in the Vuelta, last autumn; QuickStep are champions of the world at this discipline, don’t forget; whilst BMC ran them close and GreenEdge will be on a high after today.

And on the subject of Greenedge, here’s what they had to say;

“Simon Gerrans made history as the first Australian to win a stage at each of the three Grand Tours.

“He delivered the first World Tour victory for the first Australian World Tour team when he won the Tour Down Under overall last year.

“Gerrans continued his history-setting ways in Calvi with a win on the third stage of the Tour de France. It is the second victory at the French Grand Tour for Gerrans; the first for ORICA-GreenEDGE.

“This is a huge win,” said Gerrans. “It’s a huge moment for the team. We have been so close on so many occasions. Hopefully it’s the first of many more to come.”

“This is obviously our biggest win,” added Sport Director Matt White. “We’ve won more than 50 races since the team’s inception last year. We had already won at the Giro, the Vuelta, the Classics and all sorts of races between, but this is the one box we hadn’t ticked off yet.”

‘Box ticked off ?’

Even the Aussies are using SkySpeak, these days.

Gerrans
Simon Gerrans was pleased to take a scalp like Sagan.

A demain; but really I should be using the Gaelic – we’ll do that tomorrow.

Result - Le Tour de France 2013 – Stage 3: Ajaccio > Calvi

Stage Result

1 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 3:41:24
2 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling
3 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team
4 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
5 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team
6 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
7 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team
8 Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
9 Julien Simon (Fra) Sojasun
10 Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
11 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling
12 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
13 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team
14 Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
15 Elia Favilli (Ita) Lampre-Merida
16 Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Merida
17 Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano
18 Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team Europcar
19 Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack Leopard
20 Peter Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
21 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha
22 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-GreenEdge
23 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
24 Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team
25 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol
26 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
27 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team
28 Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling
29 David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Sharp
30 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Merida
31 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Sharp
32 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
33 Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
34 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
35 Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
36 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
37 Julien El Fares (Fra) Sojasun
38 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro Team
39 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol
40 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team
41 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team
42 Fredrik Carl Wilhelm Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana Pro Team
43 Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team
44 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
45 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
46 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin-Sharp
47 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team
48 Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
49 Bram Tankink (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
50 Richie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling
51 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
52 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling
53 Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team
54 Andreas Klöden (Ger) RadioShack Leopard
55 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha
56 Andy Schleck (Lux) RadioShack Leopard
57 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack Leopard
58 Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Sharp
59 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar Team
60 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
61 Maxime Monfort (Bel) RadioShack Leopard
62 John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
63 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
64 Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Lampre-Merida
65 Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
66 Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge
67 Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
68 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge
69 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp
70 Brice Feillu (Fra) Sojasun
71 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida
72 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
73 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team
74 Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Belisol
75 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha
76 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ
77 Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team
78 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ
79 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ
80 Maxime Mederel (Fra) Sojasun
81 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar
82 Jerome Coppel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
83 Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin-Sharp
84 Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale Pro Cycling
85 Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica-GreenEdge
86 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ
87 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Sojasun
88 Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
89 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar
90 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano 0:00:17
91 Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) Sojasun 0:02:29
92 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar
93 Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ 0:03:40
94 Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
95 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro Team
96 Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
97 Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha
98 Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Movistar Team
99 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
100 David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Sky Procycling
101 Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Sojasun
102 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
103 Lars Boom (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
104 Jean-Marc Marino (Fra) Sojasun
105 Boy van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:05:02
106 Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling
107 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
108 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Belisol
109 Yury Trofimov (Rus) Katusha
110 David Veilleux (Can) Team Europcar
111 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar
112 Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack Leopard
113 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:06:13
114 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge
115 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha
116 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Sky Procycling
117 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
118 Laurent Didier (Lux) RadioShack Leopard
119 Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Katusha
120 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
121 Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Sky Procycling 0:08:26
122 Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar Team
123 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling
124 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
125 Rohan Dennis (Aus) Garmin-Sharp
126 Benjamin Noval Gonzalez (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
127 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Movistar Team
128 Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Katusha
129 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
130 Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin-Sharp
131 Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano
132 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano
133 William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ
134 Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
135 Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
136 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
137 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
138 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team
139 Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar
140 Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar
141 Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
142 Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
143 Egoitz Garcia Echeguibel (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
144 Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
145 Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
146 Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
147 Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar
148 Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin-Sharp
149 Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel-Euskadi
150 Svein Tuft (Can) Orica-GreenEdge
151 Stuart O’Grady (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge
152 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge
153 Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) FDJ
154 Frederik Willems (Bel) Lotto Belisol
155 Robert Gesink (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
156 Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Procycling
157 Thomas Leezer (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
158 John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano
159 Jens Voigt (Ger) RadioShack Leopard
160 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol 0:09:15
161 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Belisol
162 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
163 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
164 Brian Vandborg (Den) Cannondale Pro Cycling
165 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
166 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
167 Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) RadioShack Leopard
168 Edward King (USA) Cannondale Pro Cycling
169 Danny van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
170 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team
171 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Cannondale Pro Cycling
172 Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling
173 Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre-Merida
174 Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida
175 Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre-Merida
176 Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
177 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling
178 Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Movistar Team
179 Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol
180 Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano
181 Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Sky Procycling
182 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
183 Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano
184 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Belisol
185 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Sojasun
186 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano
187 Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ
188 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
189 Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
190 Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Katusha
191 Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
192 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
193 Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
194 Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-Merida
195 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ 0:16:44
196 Tom Veelers (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano
DNF Yoann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
DNF Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Astana Pro Tea

Overall Classification after Stage 3

1 Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack Leopard 12:21:27
2 Julien Simon (Fra) Sojasun 0:00:01
3 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge
4 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
5 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling
6 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-GreenEdge
7 David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Sharp
8 Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
9 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team
10 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
11 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
12 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol
13 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
14 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
15 Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling
16 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Merida
17 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha
18 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
19 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team
20 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team
21 Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
22 Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
23 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol
24 Richie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling
25 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana Pro Team
26 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Sharp
27 Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
28 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha
29 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling
30 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin-Sharp
31 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team
32 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
33 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team
34 Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
35 Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica-GreenEdge
36 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
37 Maxime Monfort (Bel) RadioShack Leopard
38 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team
39 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack Leopard
40 Elia Favilli (Ita) Lampre-Merida
41 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ
42 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ
43 Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team Europcar
44 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
45 Andy Schleck (Lux) RadioShack Leopard
46 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida
47 Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
48 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
49 Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team
50 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
51 Fredrik Carl Wilhelm Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana Pro Team
52 Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Lampre-Merida
53 Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Sharp
54 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar Team
55 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar
56 Bram Tankink (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
57 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
58 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha
59 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp
60 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
61 Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Merida
62 John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
63 Brice Feillu (Fra) Sojasun
64 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro Team
65 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ
66 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar
67 Maxime Mederel (Fra) Sojasun
68 Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team
69 Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin-Sharp
70 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
71 Andreas Klöden (Ger) RadioShack Leopard
72 Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
73 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:01:24
74 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar 0:02:30
75 Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) Sojasun
76 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:03:41
77 Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
78 Jean-Marc Marino (Fra) Sojasun
79 Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
80 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro Team
81 Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Sojasun
82 Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:04:07
83 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ
84 Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team
85 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar 0:05:03
86 Yury Trofimov (Rus) Katusha
87 Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack Leopard
88 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Sojasun 0:05:39
89 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team
90 Julien El Fares (Fra) Sojasun
91 Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale Pro Cycling
92 Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Katusha 0:06:14
93 Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Movistar Team 0:07:47
94 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:08:27
95 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
96 Robert Gesink (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
97 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Sojasun 0:09:16
98 Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ
99 Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Sky Procycling
100 Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-Merida
101 Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling
102 Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha 0:09:19
103 Laurent Didier (Lux) RadioShack Leopard 0:11:52
104 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
105 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team 0:12:44
106 Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
107 Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Belisol
108 Jerome Coppel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
109 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano 0:13:01
110 Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Movistar Team 0:13:22
111 Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) RadioShack Leopard
112 Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Sky Procycling 0:14:05
113 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team
114 Jens Voigt (Ger) RadioShack Leopard
115 Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
116 Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
117 David Veilleux (Can) Team Europcar 0:14:08
118 Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Katusha 0:14:54
119 Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre-Merida
120 Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:17:01
121 Rohan Dennis (Aus) Garmin-Sharp 0:17:32
122 Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano 0:17:35
123 Peter Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
124 Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge
125 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge
126 Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
127 Boy van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:17:46
128 Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling
129 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
130 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Belisol
131 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:18:21
132 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:18:57
133 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Movistar Team 0:21:10
134 Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
135 John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano
136 Egoitz Garcia Echeguibel (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
137 Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
138 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:21:15
139 David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Sky Procycling
140 Lars Boom (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
141 Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ
142 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:21:59
143 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team
144 Brian Vandborg (Den) Cannondale Pro Cycling
145 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol
146 Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
147 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha 0:23:48
148 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Sky Procycling
149 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge
150 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
151 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:26:01
152 Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel-Euskadi
153 Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Katusha
154 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
155 Benjamin Noval Gonzalez (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
156 Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano
157 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano
158 Stuart O’Grady (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge
159 William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ
160 Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
161 Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar
162 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling
163 Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar
164 Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin-Sharp
165 Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar Team
166 Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin-Sharp
167 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge
168 Thomas Leezer (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
169 Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
170 Svein Tuft (Can) Orica-GreenEdge
171 Frederik Willems (Bel) Lotto Belisol
172 Jerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar
173 Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Procycling
174 Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) FDJ
175 Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol 0:26:50
176 Danny van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
177 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Belisol
178 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano
179 Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
180 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Belisol
181 Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
182 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
183 Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano
184 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
185 Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano
186 Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre-Merida
187 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
188 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
189 Edward King (USA) Cannondale Pro Cycling
190 Assan Bazayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
191 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
192 Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-Merida
193 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
194 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling
195 Tom Veelers (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano 0:34:19
196 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ
Ed Hood
Ed's been involved in cycling for over 45 years. In that time he's been a successful time triallist, team manager, and sponsor of several teams and clubs. He's also a respected and successful coach, and during the winter months can often be found working in the cabins at the Six Days. Ed remains a massive fan of the sport and couples his extensive contacts with an inexhaustable enthusiasm for the minutiae and the history of our sport.

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Early Shows Of Form... The “Mini Liege” Stage has been done and dusted, and the next big thing in bike racing (if he isn’t already there) has shown he will be competitive at the very highest level. Peter Sagan entered the stage as one of the favourites for the win, and was flawless in executing his victory. He is not as quick as Cav (and never will be) but can contest so many more finales as he is able to stay with the leaders on tougher stages.

Toby Watson Blog: Rest Day 1 (TDF 2012)

Toby Watson Blog - After the first rest day, this is a good time to look at where the race may go in the coming week. Cadel and Nibali need to find two minutes on Wiggo just to catch up, and they are staring at another, longer time trial later in the race, so effectively need at least three.

Le Tour de France 2006 – Day 3: Strasbourg Prologue

Another good sleep, alarm at 06:00 and straight into the shower, shave, jump into shorts and a T-shirt then down to the car and haul the bike out, stick the wheels in, blow the tyres up, run over it with a baby wipe [they work great] and we’re off to the Strasbourg Prologue.

The famous Tour de France Roadbook

We often hear about how the riders at the Tour de France study "the Roadbook" to learn the final kilometres of a particular stage, or to identify which stage may be "the one" to go for, but what exactly does the Tour de France Roadbook contain, who uses it, and how useful is it, really? Published by ASO each year a few weeks before the Prologue and in several languages, the Roadbook is also known as the race "bible".

Paul Sherwen

‘Well Phil,’ the words that we all remember so well, used by Paul Sherwen when he was about to put co-commentator Phil Liggett right about something during one of the hundreds of Tour de France stages the pair covered for TV networks from England to Australia via the USA. Sadly, we’ll hear that catch phrase no more, the 62 year-old Briton having passed away in his sleep at his home in Kampala in his adopted nation of Uganda on Sunday.

A Hard “Easy” Day: TdF Stage 10 (breakaway)

A Hard "Easy" Day. Yesterday was always going to be the day that the breakaway succeeded. The profile of the course and the stages on the days either side of it meant that neither the GC nor the sprinter teams would be interested. It wasn’t hard enough to separate the GC lads, but wasn’t easy enough for the sprinters to make it to the finish with the main bunch.

At Random

Brian Smith – Team Dimension Data’s General Manager

With the retirement of David Miller, Scotland has just one representative left in the World Tour, Sky’s Andy Fenn; but with MTN-Qhubeka morphing into ‘Dimension Data for Qhubeka’ for 2016 and moving up to the first division of professional cycling the nation has another man at the heart of world cycling. Brian Smith is General Manager with the South African team and always happy to chat to VeloVeritas. Here’s what he had to say to us as the day before his riders Cam Meyer and Nathan Haas grabbed second and fourth behind Jack Bobridge in the Australian Elite Road race Championships in Ballarat.

Tour de Yorkshire 2018 – Stage 2 Wrap Up; Magnus Cort Nielsen takes the uphill sprint

Magnus Cort Nielsen couldn’t even hear himself breathe, such was the noise that greeted his mesmeric finish to win stage two of the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire. But if the Dane thought that finale in Ilkley was loud, the Yorkshire Bank and Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries leader’s jersey holder hasn’t heard anything yet. History was made as the Tour finished on a summit for the first time, the brutal second stage from Barnsley finishing atop the Cow & Calf hill some 149km later.

Dave Bonner – 70 Years Old and Still Going Strong

Dave Bonner's career was ending when I was just getting into cycling, but his name was one which kept cropping up in Cycling Weekly in the early 70's and in the chats where the 'young boys' learned from the older guys in the club about cycling's rich history. He was a star on the track, in time trials and on the road; and 40 years after he quit the pro scene he’s still riding his beloved Condor in the mountains of Southern Spain. Back in 2010 Cycling Weekly even ran a feature about his five hour runs through the mountains of Andalucía – good going for a 70 year-old.

A Weekend in the Flatlands; Het Nieuwsblad 2013 and a Cancelled KBK

VeloVeritas and chums were over at the Belgian season opening Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne Brussels Kuurne semi-classics. Unfortunately the latter was cancelled but we still snapped away – here’s a selection of our favourite images from the weekend.

La Vuelta a España 2012 – Stage 12: Arousa – Viewpoint Ézaro 190.5 km

On the stage from Arousa, a four minute lead for a breakaway with 20 K to go would normally be a pretty safe bet – but not when Katusha and Movistar go on the rampage.

Tsgabu Grmay – MTN-Qhubeka’s Star of the Future

Stage Five of the Tour of Korea was a historic one - the first ever win for an Ethiopian rider at this level; youngster, Tsgabu Grmay of South Africa’s first Pro Continental team, MTN-Qhubeka powered by Samsung. This year has seen the man from Mekele, 2,000 metres up in the Tigrayan Highlands of Etiopia land a top ten GC placing in the Tour of Langkawi as well as second on GC in Taiwan to go with his stage win. We caught up with him upon his return to Europe to ride the Tour of Trentino.