Tour de France 2016: Stage 3 – Cav doesn’t look back in Angers

Mark Cavendish continued his excellent start to the Tour de France on stage 3, recording his second win in three days. It initially looked like the Manx Missile had misfired in the bunch sprint, but his late surge proved sufficiently powerful to snatch glory from Andre Greipel on the line in Angers. It was otherwise an extremely quiet day, with all of the general classification riders crossing the line safely in the bunch.
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Tour de France 2016: Stage 2 – Sagan swaps rainbow stripes for maillot jaune

Rainbows often follow showers, and a rainy day in Normandy ended with Peter Sagan’s rainbow jersey emerging triumphant on the streets of Cherbourg. Julian Alaphilippe pushed the Tinkoff world champion all the way, at first passing him in the sprint, before the Velvet Samurai found a second kick, and came out of the young Frenchman’s wheel to burst for the line. Sagan actually thought he was racing for second place, thinking that there was a rider ahead from the break. (Good to know I wasn’t the only one confused by the race data!) Fittingly, the rainbow gave way, not quite to a pot of gold, but to a yellow jersey and, just like Mark Cavendish yesterday, this is Sagan’s first ever maillot jaune (but almost certainly not his last).
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Tour de France 2016: Stage 1 – Cavendish finally takes yellow

It was a fast and nervous start to this year’s Tour de France with the peloton allowing the break to have their head until 5km to the finish. The bunch sprint was scrappy – and full tilt! – and for the first time, Mark Cavendish won a head-to-head against Marcel Kittel who was second. Peter Sagan freelanced to third. Cavendish takes his first ever yellow jersey. All GC contenders came in safely.
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