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Tour de France Stage 3 at a glance

Tour de France Stage 3 at a glance

HUY, Belgium (AP) -- A brief look at the 3rd stage of the Tour de France on Monday:

Stage: A 159.5-kilometer (99-mile) route from Antwerp to Huy. The stage was marred by two crashes forcing around 20 riders to fall and several to quit the race.

Winner: Spanish veteran Joaquim Rodriguez, who claimed his second career Tour stage win, at the top of the Mur de Huy -- a climb with an average gradient of 9.6 percent.

Yellow jersey: Chris Froome. The 2013 Tour winner finished second and gained time on his main rivals. Froome earned a six-second bonus with his second-place finish and is now leading German Tony Martin by one second overall. Two-time Tour winner Alberto Contador trails the Briton by 36 seconds, defending champion Vincenzo Nibali is 1 minute and 38 seconds behind while Colombian climber Nairo Quintana lags 1:56 back.

Quote of the day: "Tomorrow on the cobbles, it will be a matter of survival. It's an incredible Tour with a lot of stress, tensions and nerves every day." -- Contador, about the challenging cobblestone sections of Tuesday's stage.

Stat of the day: 8 -- The number of riders who received treatment for their injuries during the stage, according to the organizers' latest medical statement. Four riders -- William Bonnet, Tom Dumoulin, Dmitry Kozontchuk and Simon Gerrans -- pulled out of the race.

Next stage: The Tour finally enters France with Tuesday's fourth stage from Seraing, Belgium, to Cambrai. The 223.5-kilometer (138.9-mile) ride features seven cobblestone sections spread over more than 13 kilometers (8 miles).

Updated : 2021-09-20 05:14 GMT+08:00