Survival of the fittest is the name of the game on Stage 3 of the 2010 Tour de France, particularly after today’s stage in which one third of the peloton seemed to crash, not once but twice. Following a neutralised bunch finished that wasn’t universally popular there will be a number of riders who will be raring to go for tomorrows stage.
Run over some of the famed cobbled stages of the Ardennes Classics the bookmakers look no further than the specialists we see in the Spring campaigns. Cancellara, Hushovd, Flecha and Breschel, familiar faces. The question for many of these riders will be, are the needed to protect their GC men or will they be let off the leash to go for the stage victory? Following a bad day for Saxo Bank, it’s likely that Cancellara and Breschel will be instructed to look after the Schleck brothers.
Opportunities might arise for the likes of Flecha and Freire with question marks over whether Mark Cavendish will still be in the front group in the closing kilometres.
2010 Tour de France Stage 3 Betting Odds
Boassen Hagen at 17.00 (18/1) with Sportingbet
Freire at 21.00 (20/1) with bwin
Cavendish at 23.00 (22/1) with Ladbrokes
Flecha at 26.00 (25/1) with Betfred
Breschel at 34.00 (33/1) with Blue Square
Kolobnev at 41.00 (40/1) with Boylesports
Hincapie at 41.00 (40/1) with Betfred