Tour de France 2014: Stage 3 Winner, Results and Updated Leaderboard Standings

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Tour de France 2014: Stage 3 Winner, Results and Updated Leaderboard Standings
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Marcel Kittel took his second stage win of the 2014 Tour de France as he won a sprint finish down the Mall in London on Monday.     

The third stage of the Tour—the last in England after the previous two Yorkshire-based stages—saw the Giant-Shimano rider beat Cannondale's Peter Sagan into second as Vincenzo Nibali stayed in the yellow jersey by two seconds.

Jan Barta and Jean-Marc Bideau both broke away from the peloton from the start and maintained a healthy gap to the main pack until they were reeled in with under 10 kilometres to go.

A mainly serene stage starting in Cambridge was given an added edge as the rain came down as the riders entered England's capital.

But Kittel looks in serene form and was led out perfectly by his teammates to confirm a second stage win. 

2014 Tour de France Stage 3 Results
Place Rider Nationality Team Time
1 Marcel Kittel Germany Giant 3:38:30
2 Peter Sagan Slovakia Cannondale +0
3 Mark Renshaw Australia O.Ph.-Q-Step +0
4 Bryan Coquard France Europcar +0
5 Alexander Kristoff Norway Katyusha +0
6 Danny van Poppel Netherlands Trek +0
7 Heinrich Haussler Australia IAM Cycling +0
8 Jose Joaquin Rojas Spain Movistar +0
9 Romain Feillu France Bretagne +0
10 Daniel Oss Italy BMC Racing +0

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As with the two previous stages from Leeds to Harrogate and then York to Sheffield, the British public were out in droves as the race started in relaxed fashion for what was predicted to be a fairly no-nonsense sprint stage.

Indeed, the initial breakaway was allowed to stay out as the teams of the top sprinters—the likes of Kittel, Sagan and Lotto Belisol's Andre Greipel—then took up the pace in the knowledge they would eventually reel the leading pair in.

The 115-km stage was largely flat and, unlike Sunday's stage, the main contenders for the yellow jersey were content to sit with the main pack, feeling no need to mount any attacks.

As the race entered London, the peloton inevitably wiped out the gap to the leaders, and Giant-Shimano led off an early dash to the finish.

Kittel was sent on his way and proved too much for Sagan—despite the Slovak locking on to his back wheel—while Omega Pharma-Quick Step's Mark Renshaw completed the podium.

2014 Tour de France Point Classification
Place Rider Team Points
1 Peter Sagan Cannondale 117
2 Marcel Kittel Giant 90
3 Bryan Coquard Europcar 88
4 Alexander Kristoff Katusha 47
5 Greg Van Avermaet BMC Racing 40
6 Ramunas Navardauskas Garmin 38
7 Vincenzo Nibali Astana 30
8 Jose Joaquin Rojas Movistar 30
9 Mark Renshaw Omega 30
10 Michael Albasini GreenEdge 29

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Sagan stays in the green jersey but Kittel commented post-race about the support and the pace on the sprint finish per ITV4, via BBC Sport:

"That is the fastest I think I have been on a sprint finish. The crowd was fantastic."

2014 Tour de France General Classification
Place Rider Team Time
1 Vincenzo Nibali Astana 13:31:13
2 Peter Sagan Cannondale +2 secs
3 Michael Albasini GreenEdge Same Time
4 Greg Van Avermaet BMC Racing st
5 Chris Froome Sky st
6 Bauke Mollema Belkin st
7 Alberto Contador Tinkoff - Saxo st
8 Alejandro Valverde Movistar st
9 Jurgen Van den Broeck Lotto st
10 Romain Bardet AG2R st

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Nibali maintained his two-second lead in the general classification by finishing in the main pack along with other yellow-jersey contenders Chris Froome and Alberto Contador, who finished safely.

2014 Tour de France Mountain Classification
Place Rider Team Points
1 Cyril LeMoine Cofidis 6
2 Blel Kadri La Mondiale 5
3 Jens Voigt Trek 4
4 Nicolas Edet Cofidis 4
5 Pierre Rolland Europcar 2

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After three stages in England, the race moves on to France for Stage 4, a fairly hilly but not overly challenging 163.5-km stage ahead of the cobbled treachery of Stage 5 on Wednesday.

It should offer another opportunity for the sprinters to take a stage win, and on this performance it looks as though Kittel is the man to beat—especially with Mark Cavendish out of the race.

Kittel's victory tops off a wonderful opening three days in England. The riders now cross the channel as the race moves forward and gets ever more competitive.  

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