95th Tour de France - Stage 3 Live Part 2
The Fab Four Frishkorn, Feillu, Borghini and Dumoulin are on the mission with 70
km to go as the peloton follows at 8 minutes... a duel of speed and time to
Stage 3 Saint Malo - Nantes, 208 km
1605 CEST - 72 km to go, gap 8:35: 2
kilometers into the stage the current four leaders attacked. The four in the
French/Italian/USA alliance are: Samuel Dumoulin, William Frischkorn, Romain
Feillu and Paolo Longo Borghini. The maximum gap was around 15.00 of which 8'25
is left with 73 km to go. The peloton is on the chase, but not at full speed at
this point. Roman Feillu has been the virtual race leader during the last 125
Today is also the first stage in the Tour of Austria. Opening with a mountain
stage after the prologue yesterday was cancelled due to a thunder storm; they
are almost at the finish there. We will update the results and race notes here.
5 km to go in Austria with 17 riders in
front with Bettini, Brajkovic, Gusev, Gesink, Rohregger and Glomser in the
1620 CEST - 60 km to go, 6:00 the gap -
Back to France. It's windy as Liquigas takes the lead in the bunch. Shall we get
echelons? Caisse d'Epargne are making a move to the front in a big way.
Frischkorn follows Dmoulin... a tall rider following short rider, not much cover
for Will in that position. Liquigas is off the front, so no echelons as Caisse
comes to the front displacing the lime green riders and slows the pace.
Tour of Austria - The stage win and
leaders jersey goes to the world champion Paolo Bettini in a sprint!
54 km to go, 6:58 gap - We have a road
block of protesting people I think farmers. but the 4 leaders get through it
with the help of the French police. We will wait to see if the bunch can get
through it properly. If the peloton gets delayed by the protestors we could see
an impact on the race. The peloton rides through a forest on both sides of the
road led by an alliance of teams with one or two riders of each team. It is
raining so it's a hard day in the saddle for the guys
1633 CEST - 50 km to go, The gap to
the Fab Four is down to 6:44, not bad, the lads just may make it. In the bunch
we see Ag2r, Caisse, Columbia, Bouygues and Credit Agricole at the head of
affairs. The sprinters teams have to put in the effort if they want to chase the
four down and have a bunch sprint. Still 6'44 with less than 47 km to go; the 'Fab
Four' are earning their nickname, marvelous effort by the quartet.
1640 CEST - The gap is still stable. It
could be that the four can battle for the stage win as they still have over 5.00
with less than 40 km to go; all hell will have to break out at this point for
the peloton to win this pursuit to Nantes. The escape passes an ancient castle
surrounded by vineyards and orchards... a beautiful scene. Two fans stand
on a parapet waving their arms, holding out a banner, cheering on the break
The Fab Four show no signs of weakening at this point, each rider down on the
hooks taking a pull and switching off in time trial formation... so smoothly you
would think they practiced together for this escape. Both the peloton and break
are being buffeted by intermittent gusts of wind. The peloton is spread out
across both lanes no apparent leaders. Romain Feillu of Agritubel is gritting
his teeth at the front of the quartet, he's giving his all - these boys are
determined as they keep the gap over six minutes
1650 CEST - 38 km to go the gap still
6'11. I believe more and more in the chances of these four guys. The best
sprinter of the four is Romain Feillu, Dumoulin isn't slow either. Frischkorn
and Longo have to get rid off the other two to increase their chances. 6.00 - 36
km with 2.00 minutes per 10 km it's still possible to catch them, but the
peloton will have to raise the pace faster than their current effort.
33 km to go - 5'40 gap. The pace in the
bunch is high as lots of teams work together. Quick Step and Milram move to the
front of the bunch to bolster the chase effort. The four race through a village,
go through a corner and are out of their saddles punching up the speed... the
Fab Four know they have a chance and aren't wasting the opportunity.
Back at the peloton Gerolsteiner and CSC throw some muscle to the front the
chase looks frantic and unorganized. 12 riders spread across the two lane road -
no leaders, Caisse has surrounded Valverde to protect him. It looks a bit like
the peloton has realized they've left it too late and gone a bit mad.
1701 CEST - 30 km - 5'30, With this
situation Feillu will take the yellow jersey... amazing our Fab Four are holding
out against the combined efforts of the peloton, quite a feat. The quartet are
flying up the road in the wind in echelon formation. I expected a dull stage but
the four lads have given us a race and may have beaten a slumbering peloton...
perhaps a Boulderite will stand on the podium today. 27 km to go - the four hold
a 5:20 gap, I'm impressed!
25 km to go, 5:15 the gap, the peloton
has started to organize, but the winds are foiling the chase... a dangerous
situation if echelons split the peloton. Riders are jockeying for position near
the front of the peloton... all way too frantic.
Crash in the bunch. A couple of riders went down; we see Angel Gomez
(Saunier), Nicki Sörensen (CSC) and a few others. Gomez seems to be seriously
hurt. He just came back from another injury after a similar crash in the Tour of
Flanders where he hit a picket alongside the road. One of the riders hit a
obstacle in the middle of the road. Due to the crash and the pace in the bunch,
the bunch has split into two or three parts. Quick Step is setting the pace in
the first group it's going really fast now
22 km to go - 4:45 - Echelons time now,
more riders dropped off the back - first bunch is about 50 riders strong. 20 km
- 4:31 Rain starts pouring down harder on the riders. It seems that Menchov
missed the first bunch, will he be the first GC victim. We don't count Soler who
is near the back. The bunch starts to regroup. The bunch with Menchov and also
Ricco is 15 sec behind on the first group.
Gomez abandons. Rabobank leads the chase in the second bunch
1718 CEST - 15 km to go, 4'14 the gap now.
The four leaders have 4.00 on the bunch; the stage winner is definitely
in the escape. Behind the Peloton has shattered into three large groups, the
final bunch with Moreau is 1.00 down on the first bunch. The bunch with Menchov
is 20 seconds down on the first bunch with Valverde.
12 km to go - The break still has 3'40 on
the first bunch Liquigas, Quick-Step and Lampre in front of the bunch. The group
Menchov is 35 seconds down already. Rabobank and Saunier Duval are setting the
pace in the 2nd bunch but they are not coming closer. 40 seconds.
11 km the four still have 3'15 - the
group Menchov at 4'01. Finally the first group looks organised. The four
continue to pour on the heat at the front with no sign of weakening.
10 km to go - the gap 3'05. Liquigas and
Quick Step are setting the pace. Menchov/Ricco group still at 45 seconds. The
wind has done its damage to the peloton, luckily Caisse kept Alejandro Valverde
near the front in anticipation of this. Menchov and Ricco are both working as
well in the group.
8 km - Another crash. It seems a rider of
Quick Step. It's Mauro Facci... 7 km The gap between the first and second bunch
is still around the 35/40 seconds.
6 km to go, the Fab Four hold on to the 3
minute gap... 5 km the gap 2'55 - When are the first attacks in the break to
come... the four continue to work together... very smart lads. The group Menchov
is coming closer 30 seconds
4 km to go - 2:55 the gap, it goes down
to 2'45 but the stage win is for one of our fab four. No attacks yet at the
front. Feillu will take the yellow jersey without accidents that for sure. he
can loose 20 seconds on Longo to lose it.
Samuel Dumoulin (Cofidis) on the attack. Frischkorn bridges across. Feillu
tries too... Longo dropped. Feillu bridges across and attacks immediately.
Final km - Dumoulin and Frischkorn back
with Feillu, Dumoulin in the lead, Frischkorn tries comes around, Dumoulin wins
100 meters Dumolin leads Feillu and Frishkorn. Photo ©
2008 Fotoreporter Sirotti
50 meters Frischkorn moves up. Photo ©
2008 Fotoreporter Sirotti
The stage winner is SAMUEL DUMOULIN (Cofidis)!!!
William "Wild Bill" Frischkorn is second, Romain Feillu third, Paolo Longo at
a couple of seconds fourth
Samuel Dumoulin Wins! Frischkorn and Feillu follow. Photo ©
2008 Fotoreporter Sirotti
ROMAIN FEILLU IS THE NEW MAILLOT JAUNE!
The bunch in the final km... the sprint for the fifth place: McEwen or
Zabel wins the bunch sprint, about 2.00 down on the break. Menchov and Ricco
comes in their loss about 30 seconds.
Robbie McEwen 5th, Erik Zabel 6th and Oscar Freire 7th. Hushovd was 8th,
Förster 9th and Cavendish 10th.
What a stage ending!!!
Feillu is the new overall leader ahead of Paolo Longo and William Frischkorn!
Alejandro Valverde finishes in the first chase group. Photo ©
2008 Fotoreporter Sirotti
1. Dumoulin Samuel 185 Cofidis Credit Par Telephone 5h 05'
2. Frischkorn William 194 Garmin Chipotle 00' 00"
3. Feillu Romain 124 Agritubel 00' 00"
4. Longo Borghini Paolo 59 Barloworld 00' 14"
5. Mc Ewen Robbie 6 Silence - Lotto 5h 07' 30"
6. Zabel Erik 151 Team Milram 02' 03"
7. Freire Oscar 133 Rabobank 02' 03
8. Hushovd Thor 81 Credit Agricole 02' 03"
9. Förster Robert 112 Gerolsteiner 02' 03"
10. Cavendish Mark 43 Team Columbia 02' 03"
General Classification Provisional Top 10
1. Feillu Romain 124 Agritubel 13h 27' 05"
2. Longo Borghini Paolo 59 Barloworld 00' 35"
3. Frischkorn William 194 Garmin Chipotle 01' 42"
4. Valverde Alejandro 31 Caisse D’epargne 01' 45"
5. Kirchen Kim 41 Team Columbia 01' 46"
6. Freire Oscar 133 Rabobank 01' 46"
7. Pineau Jérôme 145 Bouygues Telecom 01' 46"
8. Millar David 198 Garmin Chipotle 01' 46"
9. Evans Cadel 1 Silence - Lotto 01' 46"
10. Pozzato Filippo 61 Liquigas 01' 46"
So big day for the French Fans - a stage win and the yellow jersey. A few
brews will certainly be tossed down in Boulder, Colorado this afternoon to
celebrate Will Frischkorn's success and break out performance. Enjoy Boulder!
This concludes our live coverage of stage 3. Join us
tomorrow for Stage 4 in Cholet for the 29 kilometer time trial that should give
the general classification a good shake. Stage 4 profile and Nick Bull's
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