Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Final Thoughts- Stage 3

Stage 3 was NOT just another day at the Tour...this was the one every single rider either feared or relished.

Out of the dust rose the God of Thunder- Thor Hushovd has come so close to tasting success at Paris-Roubaix, it seemed only fitting he would caress the cobblestones better than the rest and win the 8th Tour de France stage of his career. The Norseman also donned the Green Jersey for the 1st time in this year's Tour- a color he hopes he carries all the way to Paris.

The cobbles were not kind to Lance Armstrong. A flat tire in the final few kilometers meant he lost close to a minute to Alberto Contador, and even more time to Andy Schleck and Cadel Evans. The Texan's game plan now has to be reshaped if he hopes to contend by the time the 'pave' of Paris and the Champs-Elysee are under his wheels.

Stage 3 became the 'blockbuster' we had hoped. Tomorrow, the sprinters get their shot at the Big Screen yet again. Hushovd has the upper hand, but Cavendish will bring the fight to him every chance he gets.

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