Simon Gerrans nipped Peter Sagan at the line to win Stage 3 of the Tour de France.
“I could see him over my shoulder. I threw my bike for the line,” Gerrans said. “It must have been close because neither one of us knew who won at that point.”
There were a few tough climbs in today’s 90-mile stage, which broke up the field and left sprinters like Mark Cavendish way behind. But Sagan, a crowd favorite, is a mountain goat (and with that new facial hair, is starting to look like one too). In a finish like this, he was expected to be the victor. Disappointed? Probably, after getting second place two days in a row.
Having finished today with the main pack, Jan Bakelants remains in the yellow jersey. He is only one tiny second ahead of 71 other riders in the overall standings. Bakelants was little known before yesterday’s stage win but is now basking in the spotlight. RadioShack will have to work hard to keep him in the maillot jaune. And it should because the team might not get much else out of this Tour.