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Tour de France 2014: Stage 3 Route, Live Stream, Predictions, Updated Standings

HOLM MOSS, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 06:  Bernhard Eisel of Austria and Team Sky in action on the long climb at Holm Moss on Stage 2 of the Tour de France on July 6, 2014 in Holm Moss, United Kingdom. The world's greatest cycle race, the Tour de France started for the first time in its history in Yorkshire this weekend. The event has brought thousands of cycling fans to Yorkshire.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
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Gianni VerschuerenFeatured Columnist IVJuly 5, 2016

Stage 3 of the 2014 Tour de France will be the final stage on British soil, and the historic roads of Cambridge and London will give the peloton another golden opportunity to finish the day with a mass sprint.

Unlike Stage 2, which had the profile of a Flemish classic with a number of short, steep hills, Monday's stage will feature wide-open roads, lots of flats and a finale in the heart of the British capital.

The finish line will be on The Mall, almost a precursor of what's to come in a couple of weeks, when the Tour will end its final stage on the legendary Champs-Elysees.

 

Date: Monday 7 July

Distance: 155 km

Profile: Flat

TV info and live stream: NBCSN (for U.S. viewers) and ITV4 (for U.K. viewers) will be broadcasting every stage of the 2014 Tour de France, with mobile coverage available via NBC Sports' Live Extra and the ITV Player app.

 

Updated Standings

Yellow Jersey Standings (Overall Leaderboard)
PlaceRiderCountryTeamTime
1Vincenzo NibaliItalyAstana5:08:36
2Greg Van AvermaetBelgiumBMC Racing+2 seconds
3Michal KwiatkowskiPolandOmegaSame Time
4Peter SaganSlovakiaCannondaleSame Time
5Tony GallopinFranceLottoSame Time
6Michael AlbasiniSwitzerlandGreenEDGESame Time
7Andrew TalanskyUSAGarminSame Time
8Bauke MollemaNetherlandsBelkinSame Time
9Tejay Van GarderenUSABMC RacingSame Time
10 Romain BardetFranceAG2R La MondialeSame Time
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Green Jersey Standings
PlaceRiderTeamPoints
1Peter SaganCannondale69
2Bryan CoquardEuropcar47
3Marcel KittelGiant45
4Greg Van AvermaetBMC Racing31
5Vincenzo NibaliAstana30
6Ramunas NavardauskasGarmin30
7Michael AlbasiniGreenEDGE27
8Alexander KristoffKatyusha25
9Michal KwiatkowskiOmega22
10Michael RogersTinkoff-Saxo22
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Polka-Dot Jersey Standings
PlaceRiderTeamPoints
1Cyril LeMoineConfidis6
2Blel KadriAG2R La Mondiale5
3Jens VoigtTrek4
4Nicolas EdetConfidis4
5Pierre RollandEuropcar2
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Route

Stage 3 will start in the heart of Cambridge, where the pack will head South towards Essex and the capital city of London. It's a short stage that will give the riders a chance to spin their legs ahead of the trip to the European mainland, with the biggest attractions being some of the sights the peloton will encounter in London.

Passing close to Chelmsford, the riders will turn west towards Epping and the Queen Victoria Olympia Park. Canary Wharf is next on the schedule, and from there it's a straight line past a number of iconic landmarks, including the Tower of London and Trafalgar Square, onto the finish line at The Mall.

 

Preview, Predictions

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - JULY 06:  Riders make the climb of the Cote de Kenkins Road to the excitement of the fans during stage two of the 2014 Le Tour de France from York to Sheffield on July 6, 2014 in Sheffield, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Ge
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This stage had Mark Cavendish's name written all over it, but as shared by the Daily Mail's Matt Lawton, the local hero didn't start Stage 2 of the 2014 Tour:

Omega Pharma-Quick Step had built a phenomenal sprint train for Cavendish, and in his absence, it's unclear who will take the reins from here.

Peter Sagan is the leader in the race for the green jersey, but the open sprint on The Mall doesn't fit his strengths as well as he'd like. Marcel Kittel won the opening stage, and the German is best built for this kind of classic mass sprint.

HARROGATE, ENGLAND - JULY 05:  Marcel Kittel of Germany and Giant Shimano celebrates winning stage one of the 2014 Tour de France, a 190km stage between Leeds and Harrogate, on July 5, 2014 in Harrogate, England.  (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
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Monday's stage is short enough to give riders making an early jump a chance, but there is little shelter from the wind on the roads of Essex, giving the peloton a tremendous advantage as it chases down any early birds.

Vincenzo Nibali timed his jump perfectly on Sunday, but the streets of London will give riders little opportunities to do the same. There are few natural elevations, and the peloton will keep the pace very high in the final half-hour of racing.

A mass sprint seems almost inevitable, with the usual suspects taking the lead role. Kittel, Sagan and Bryan Coquard all look to be in great shape, but look for Kittel to win his second stage of the 2014 Tour de France.

 

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