Tour de France: Stages 2 & 3

Thor Hushovd

Following Stage 3, on Monday (4th),  this is how the General Classification stands:

1 Thor Hushovd  (Nor)  – Team Garmin-Cervelo  9h 46′ 46”

2David Millar (GBR)  – Team Garmin-Cervelo  9h 46′ 46”

3 Cadel Evans (Aus)  –  BMC Racing Team   9h 46′ 50”

Behind Cadel Evans, right down to 17th place, there is a whole host of riders on the same time (just 4 seconds down).  Two British riders are in the top 4, and all five British riders are within the top 25.

Stage 2,  the Team Trial was won by Garmin-Cervelo.  With this, their rider, Norway’s Thor Hushovd took the yellow jersey.  Incumbent Yellow Jersey wearer Phillipe Gilbert took the green (points) jersey.

Stage 3 was won by Tyler Farrar (USA) – Garmin-Cervelo  (4h 40′ 21” ) , ahead of  Romain Feillu (Fra) – Vacansoleil and Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) – Movistar, who took the green jersey,  and 4th Sébastien Hinault (Fra) – AG2R-Le Mondiale.  They all finished on the same time as winner Tyler Farrar.

Mark Cavendish and Thor Hushovd were docked points for an incident during Stage 3’s intermediate sprint.  Cavendish won the bunch sprint to take sixth place behind the five breakaway riders with Hushovd behind, however Tour officials deemed their behaviour leading into the line unacceptable.

Controversy continues over last year’s Tour winner Alberto Contador.  He has a performance-enhancing drug charge hanging over him.  He was originally stripped of the Tour win, but,  following an appeal, was reinstated as the winner.  Now, a counter-appeal has been launched – but this is not going to be heard until after this year’s Tour.  So, if he was to win this Tour as well,  and then, the counter-appeal is upheld, we might have the strange situation of him being stripped of both last year’s Tour – and this year’s as well.  This Tour has not gone well for him at all.  Even before Stage 1 started, when the teams were being presented,  he was booed.  Once the stage started,  he was involved in a collision with another rider, and a spectator,  and found himself down in 75th place.  It has been suggested the spectator causing the collision was not where they were by accident,  and an appeal was put in.  This has since been confirmed, not to be the case.  He is presently in 69th place.

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