Stage 3 results: Thor Hushovd takes the win after Saxo Bank drives the winning break with Andy Schleck putting time into his rivals; Cancellara back in Yellow

9 Big Photos from Stage 3sirotti
Stage 3 results
1  Thor Hushovd (Cervélo)                       4:49:38
2  Geraint Thomas (Sky) 
3  Cadel Evans (BMC)
4  Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Transitions)
5  Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank)
6  Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank)
7  Johan Van Summeren (Garmin - Transitions)	 + 0:53	 
8  Bradley Wiggins (Sky)	 	 
9  Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Omega Pharma-Lotto)	 	 
10 Alexander Vinokourov (Astana)
11 Denis Menchov (Rabobank)
12 Nicolas Roche (Ag2r La Mondiale)
13 Alberto Contador (Astana)	                 + 1:13
14 Robbie Mc Ewen (Katusha Team)                 + 1:46
15 Mario Aerts (Omega Pharma - Lotto)

General Classification after Stage 3
1  Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank)               14:54:00	 
2  Geraint Thomas (Sky)                          + 0:23
3  Cadel Evans (Bmc)	                         + 0:39
4  Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin - Transitions)         + 0:46
5  Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step)                 + 1:01
6  Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank)                      + 1:09
7  Thor Hushovd (Cervelo Test Team)              + 1:19
8  Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana)                 + 1:31
9  Alberto Contador (Astana)	                 + 1:40
10 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Omega Pharma - Lotto)  + 1:42
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9 Big Photos from Stage 3sirotti

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June 27 post: It's not typical to have a very early flat stage that could have a big impact on the general classification.

Stage 3 will feature seven sections of pavé (4 of them over 2 km long) totaling 13 km in the final 30 km of the stage normally reserved for the cobbled classic, Paris-Roubaix. As most people know by now, the hopes of several GC contenders were dashed on the cobbles during a similar stage back in 2004. To help avoid an Iban Mayo like catastrophe, Alberto Contador spent time this spring with Belgian Peter Van Petegem to help him hone his technique on riding over "the stones."

There are some differences to 2004. This year's pavé is closer to the finish so the impact on the GC is more limited, but the sections are harder. Not as hard as the Arenberg Trench used in Paris-Roubaix which this stage nicely avoids, but harder than 2004. — Steve

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