148 km remaining
Tadej Pogacar has a punctured rear wheel and is currently being replaced in the team car. Of course he’s been on stage for a long time today so he’s not stressed.
Mark Cavendish (Astana Kazakstan) suffered a puncture, but the team is still incredibly calm and not panicking. He is helped back to the peloton by Alexei Lutsenko and Yevgeny Federov.
Today could be Manx Missile’s first chance to reach a record 35th Tour de France stage win, and he will overtake Eddy Merckx to top the Tour’s all-time stage wins list. will stand.
A ridiculous crowd cheering for the two leaders of Lekeitio. In the Basque sunshine, everyone takes to the streets to support the two leaders. They are now heading back the coastline of the Bay of Biscay and heading towards the French border.
See below how Neilson Powles is having the best time of his life wearing an EF Education-EasyPost polka dot jersey.
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A few main sprint-focused teams are at the front of the peloton, although there is one for each rider so far. Fabio Jacobsen’s Souldal-Quick Step, Jasper Philipsen’s Alpecin-Dukunink, Dylan Groenewegen’s Jaiko AlUla and Mats Pedersen’s Riddle-Trek.
The gap between him and the leader widened to 3 minutes and 30 seconds.
Powles started in search of the only KOM point on the second climb of the day. He raised his arm high and, with his thumb up, crossed the line effortlessly in front of Pichon. He’s certainly enjoying his rest day in his red shorts.
The two leaders entered the Côte de Milois (2.3km, 4.5%), the second most classified climb of the day.
Powles and Pichon’s advantage in front extended further to 2:44, and there is not yet enough urgency to start thinking about involving them.
Jakobsen, one of the favorites to win the day, has just changed bikes and is on the road to return to the peloton.
Adam Yates is back in his team car, wearing a yellow jersey and adjusting the race radio.
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Paules and Pichon lead the descent to the next town, Marquina Zemain, while the riders continue back north towards the coast. Once in Lekeitio, turn right and start heading north along the coastline of the Bay of Biscay towards France.
180 km remaining
Powles took it easy in front of Pichon to score the first full hole of the two King of Mountain points over the first climb. While he and Pichon continued their relaxed trip to the front of the race, the American also gave us a little bike lunge.
Tim ‘El Tractor’ Decler (Saudal Quickstep) led the Belgian team’s peloton, which has dominated the sprint many times. He and his teammates will support Fabio Jacobsen (Soudal Quickstep), who won the first stage of last year’s Tour de France.
Powles and Pichon shared a good laugh at the start of the race and were in high spirits at the front. At the moment, no team in the peloton has been able to get ahead and establish control, with the gap approaching 2:00 as they drive the first climb of the day.
Let’s introduce the four players wearing the jersey from today’s start. Lafay in green after a stunning stage win yesterday, Yates in the maillot jaune after holding out on stage 2, Powles already in a break to score more KOM points and Pogacar are all part of the UAE team. will be pleased to see they’ve made the start so far for their 2023 tour.
We are leaving Durango when the fans are once again flocking to cheer on the riders. Cycling is a well-known religion in the Basque Country, but the crowds throughout the Grand Department were unbelievable.
As the peloton got used to the start, they were already over 30 seconds ahead of the leading duo. It doesn’t take long to enter the first climb on the Côte de Travacua (4.1km, 5.4%), 6km away.
Powles was in a skinsuit, geared up for a day of chasing KOM points, and clearly geared up for the precise moves he made when the flag was waved.
193.5 km remaining
please! The official start is made and the race begins in earnest. As expected, it was Powles who defended the jersey by immediately shooting from the front and making sure he was in contention for the Mountain King’s points.
He is joined by Laurent Pichon (Arkea Samsic).
Let’s take another look at the profile of today’s 193.5km stage before reaching Km 0. We see four categorized climbs coming in the first 100km of the race. As such, expect a break-up battle to be crowned champion of the race. mountain point.
Neilson Powles (EF Education Easypost) should certainly be heading into the break and he now leads the KOM class by four points over Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates).
The riders are starting from the start line at Amorebieta Etxano. Of course, we got off to a weak start as the riders overtook the line of more Basque fans to the loud cheers.
Despite the fear for Lotto-Dstny’s lead tour rider Jasper De Buyst, thankfully no withdrawals occurred after stage two. The Belgian team announced in a tweet that he and his young prospect Maxim van Gils will start today’s stage after clearing.
They will be working today to help Caleb Yuan.
Update, good news 😉Following this morning’s roller test, @JasperDeBuyst starts #TDF2023 Stage 3 at Amorebieta Echano. https://t.co/THSWb1EfPNJuly 3, 2023
The riders are gearing up for the start at Amorebieta Etxano. Since the 1950s, it has hosted its own uci race, the Classica Primavera, which has been won by the likes of Alejandro Valverde and Carlos Sastre.
Today the route was rerouted for safety reasons to avoid dangerous road equipment and the stage was extended to 193.5km.
See here for the full changes and why.
We’ve seen two grueling days of racing in the Spanish Basque Country, where Adam Yates (UAE Team Emirates) and Victor Rafay (Cofidis) won. Today should be the sprinters’ first chance to stretch their legs in a group finish at Bayonne.
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