Joaquim “Purito” Rodriguez of Katusha won stage 3 of the Tour today as he bested all of his competitors to the top of the Mur de Huy.
Organizers of the Tour are always looking for a little diversion from the same-old when they put together the Tour routes, but their choice of this route became increasingly controversial as the day wore on. The senseless carnage of today’s race, and the resulting defection by the top rider Froome, is sure to send reverberations through the tour organizer, A.S.O.’s management for a long time after the Tour is finished.
After crashing three times in two days, and suffering an injury to his wrist and thigh, the Kenyan who rides for Team Sky has left the biggest Tour in the world.
It was a second victory today for German rider Marcel Kittel who outsprinted Peter Sagan on the Mall in London in front of screaming crowds. Winning by the the length of a bike as he did in Harrogate last Saturday, Kittel showed that in the absence of Mark Cavendish who left the Tour with a dislocated collarbone on Sunday, he is the man to beat.
Though we could kind of understand that Gerrans might want to do that via a breakaway, we don’t really see why he would sprint with the kind sprinters like Cavendish, Greipel and Kittel tin a mass sprint like the one we witnessed yesterday. Remember this is the same team that took their team bus under the finish line in stage 1 of the Tour last year and got stuck, leaving everyone on edge, causing the finish line to be changed twice, –in effect chaos.
Marcel Kittel won the first stage of the 2014 Tour de France from Leeds to Harrogate, England. If anyone “deserves” to win this stage, it was Isle of Man born Mark Cavendish, whose mum Adele’s home town is in Harrogate where the near circular route ended. But instead the Manx Missile crashed and may have damaged his collarbone in the process.
Pro cyclist David Millar’s was removed from the Tour de France selection by his team Garmin-Sharp today.
The Scot, who will retire from cycling at the end of the season, was set to start his 13th Tour de France supporting team leader, Andrew Talansky.
The 37-year-old Millar did not finish at the weekend’s national championship road race because of a lingering chest issue. On Monday morning he was informed that he would not be riding the Tour.
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