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Tour de France Stage 3 Preview

Perfect for the Sprinters • LORIENT–PONTIVY

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Tour de France Stage 3 Preview

2021 Tour de France Stage 3 profile.

Stage 3
LORIENT–PONTIVY

Monday, June 28
182.7km (flat)

Perfect for the sprinters

After two days of climbing some of Brittany’s steepest hills, the sprinters will be relieved to get a first opportunity of a stage win. And following stages hitting the western and northern coasts of the region, this one graces the southern shore between the naval base of Lorient and the fishing port of La Trinité-sur-Mer. The course then takes the peloton into the green countryside of Morbihan, passing though places that have significance for the sport, including the Cadoudal climb at Plumelec and the village of Radenac, where 1947 Tour winner Jean Robic grew up. The sprinters’ teams won’t let any breakaways get established on terrain such as this, especially as the finish outside the impressive Rohan Castle in Pontivy is at the end of a superb 1,400-meter straightaway. This will see the first round in the battle for the green jersey between past winners Peter Sagan and Michael Matthews, along with challengers like Caleb Ewan and Arnaud Démare.

2021 Tour de France Stage 3 map.

FINISH LINE

After 3.8km on the streets of Pontivy, at the end of a flat 1,400m straight on the 23 feet wide Rue du Général de Gaulle.

SCHEDULE (all times EDT)

Ceremonial start, Palais des Congrès, Lorient: 7:10 a.m.; start, on D194 (after 5.7km neutral to km0), 7:20 a.m.; Auray (133.8km to go), 8:28 a.m.; Côte de Cadoudal (Cat. 4, 91.8km to go), 9:27 a.m.; La Fourchette (sprint, 64.6km to go), 10:05 a.m.; Côte de Pluméliau (Cat. 4, 34.3km to go), 10:47 a.m.; Pontivy (finish, 182.7km), 11:35 a.m.

Analysis by Thierry Gouvenou and John Wilcockson.

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