Stage 3: Vigo to Mirador de Lobeira/Vilagarcia de Arousa, 172.5km
The first few stages of a grand tour are supposed to ease the riders into the race, with fireworks provided by the sprinters. It is not supposed to have a peloton freak-out that results in the sprinters being dropped and the oldest rider in the peloton taking the stage win. But that’s what happened today. Continue reading
Stage 3: Vigo to Mirador de Lobeira/Vilagarcia de Arousa, 172.5km, flat
Today is flat all the way to the final few kilometres, when it turns into a nasty 5.7% cat 3 climb to the finish with sections of double-digit gradient. Obviously, the Vuelta organisers were having some fun with the sprinters when they described this stage as ‘flat’.
Stage 3: Ajaccio to Calvi, 145.5km
Simon Gerrans snatched victory with a well-timed throw of the handlebars to edge out Cannondale’s Peter Sagan. The-33 year-old Australian has already won stages in all three Grand Tours, but this was the first Tour de France stage win for Orica-GreenEDGE, two days after their team bus wreaked havoc at the finish of the opening stage.