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Stage 3 notes
“Monday is a little busy for me at work so I couldn’t even follow the audio! I’ve watched some hi-lights but only the last 5km, so I can’t comment on the crashes that caused the jersey to change hands for the third time in three days. Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step won the stage which is great for Quick Step as I think this may be their biggest win this season, yes the trophy cupboard is a little bare. Special note for us Brits is that Adam Blythe came in 5th ahead of Greipel, which is pretty impressive in my books.
Time bonuses on the stage propelled Vino into the pink. Here’s an outside bet for you, I think Alexandre Vinokourov will get onto the podium. No matter what you think of him, the doping and that dreadful blue and yellow kit we all have to accept that under the current system he’s free to ride. Like a man with a point to prove he’s ridding with some purpose. I am sure that the Astana Team will enjoy defending the jersey as it’ll make for good practice for July. Oh and I’d expect the jersey to change hands again, maybe today as on paper Astana should lose time. I wouldn’t be surprised if David Millar manages to squeeze some time out and don the maglia rosa as Garmn are surely the strongest TTT squad there. Hopefully today’s stage won’t be plagued by crashes and it will be the legs that decide the victor.”