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Le Tour Stage 3... LIVE!

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Another sprint stage, no? I do believe that Mark Cavendish will be the big star of this Tour for most of the first 14 days, but the beauty of the Tour is the assembly of great riders with a variety of talents and agendas. Among these are a whole lotta one-day specialists: Stijn Devolder, Alessandro Ballan, Juan Flecha, Thomas Voeckler, Filippo Pozzato, and so on. These guys aren't going to sit back day after day and take their punishment from Columbia, particularly as the race goes on and Cavendish, comfortably in green, decides he's happy to pick up his points after a break gets away. I wouldn't go so far as to say that we'll see a surprise winner today, but I would bet it won't be long.