Look­ing back

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

A brief re­view of Tues­day’s Stage 3 at the Tour de France:

Stage 3: Wanze, Bel­gium, to Aren­berg Porte du Hain­aut in France, cov­er­ing 132 miles, fea­tur­ing 8.2 miles of cob­ble­stone sec­tions.

Win­ner: Nor­way’s Thor Hushovd fin­ished first with a time of 4 hours, 49 min­utes, 38 sec­onds along with a group of five other rid­ers. The dreaded cob­ble­stone sec­tions of the route pro­vided Lance Arm­strong and de­fend­ing Tour cham­pion Al­berto Con­ta­dor with flat tires and sent Frank Sch­leck home from the race with a bro­ken col­lar bone.

Who’s in yel­low: Fabian Can­cel­lara of Switzer­land took the lead back from Syl- vain Chavanel of France and is a mere 23 sec­onds ahead of sec­ond-place Geraint Thomas of Bri­tain.

Where’s Lance: Af­ter one of his tires burst, Arm­strong dropped from fifth place to 18th, 2:30 be­hind Can­cel­lara.

Look­ing ahead

Stage 4: Cam­brai, France to Reims, France, cov­er­ing 95.4 miles

Route: This short stage through the flat French cham­pagne re­gion fa­vors sprint­ers and is the first all-France stage of this year’s tour.

Lau­rent rebours AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Fabian Can­cel­lara cel­e­brates re­gain­ing the race leader’s yel­low jersey. Can­cel­lara won the pro­logue be­fore giv­ing up the jersey to French­man Syl­vain Chavanel for a day.

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