After two difficult and stressful first days, the riders of the Tour de France should find a little calm this Monday on the occasion of the 3rd stage that seems promised to the sprinters!
Warren Barguil, best climber of the 2017 Tour de France should have all eyes on him as a local rider.
Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) may be favourite, but competition will be tough with Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ), Tim Merlier (Alpecin-Fenix), Mark Cavendish (Deceuninck - Quick Step), André Greipel (Israel Start-Up Nation), Nacer Bouhanni (Arkéa-Samsic), Bryan Coquard (B&B Hotels), Edvald Boasson Hagen (TotalEnergies), Michael Matthews (Team BikeExchange), Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Victorious), Cees Bol (Team DSM), Christophe Laporte (Cofidis) and Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo).
The finish line at Château des Rohan in Pontivy is less demanding, 3.5 km downhill to a flat finale.
The Castle was built in the 15th century and has seen its fair share of battles. Two massive circular towers at the front were used to drop burning objects onto attackers. The battle for the stage win will be hard, but not as violent!
The first three riders gain time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds on the finish line, with one intermediate sprint after 118 km in La Fourchette.
The 3rd stage of the Tour de France starts at 13.10 and the race is expected to finish around 17.35 – both are local times (CEST).