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Tour de Normandie — Stages 1, 2 and 3 – Kristoff Leading

March 27, 2008 (Forges les Eaux, France) — Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Joker-Bianchi is leading overall after Stage 3 held on Wednesday which was a double-stage day. Canada’s Mark Walters (Team RACE Pro) is the top Canuck in 46th overall and had a great day on Stage 1 placing 13th.

Team RACE Pro – Stage 3 Report (Grand Couronne-Elbeuf, 76km)
Yesterday afternoon the stage went a little better with Team RACE Pro represented in the only break. From the start the racers attacked as usual. Buck Miller, Guillaume Malle and a rider of the Rietumu Bank/Riga (Lat) team countered aggressively and made the break. The peloton let up enough to give the trio four minutes as the race progressed into the first of two 30km hilly circuits. At the beginning of the second circuit, the Latvian had a mechanical failure and lost contact with the two leaders. Miller and Malle pressed on with a chance to go to the finish.

They began the final circuit with a 3-minute lead. On the first climb Miller was overcome with burning legs and Malle pushed on solo. Miller was eventually caught by the pack with 15km to go. Malle’s solo effort almost paid off for the stage win but the peloton caught him at 1 km from the finish and Ravard of Agritubel won his third group sprint victory in two days.

Results

Stage 1 — Mondeville to Forges les Eaux – 198km

1. Anthony Ravard (Fra) Agritubel 4.50.23
2. Bram Schmitz (Ned) Van Vliet – EBH Elshof
3. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Joker – Bianchi
4. St̩phane Bonsergent (Fra) Bretagne РArmor Lux
5. Thomas Berkhout (Ned) Rabobank Continental

13. Mark Walters (Can) Team RACE Pro
62. Buck Miller (Can) Team RACE Pro 5.48
75. Ryan Roth (Can) Team RACE Pro 0.23
90. Dustin MacBurnie (Can) Team RACE Pro
111. Mark Pozniak (Can) Team RACE Pro 18.41


Stage 2 – Forges les Eaux-Grand Couronne – 90km

1. Anthony Ravard (Fra) Agritubel 2.14.00
2. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Joker – Bianchi
3. Bram Schmitz (Ned) Van Vliet – EBH Elshof
4. Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Rietumu Bank-Riga

28. Mark Walters (Can) Team RACE Pro
67. Ryan Roth (Can) Team RACE Pro
68. Mark Pozniak (Can) Team RACE Pro
69. Buck Miller (Can) Team RACE Pro
84. Dustin MacBurnie (Can) Team RACE Pro


Stage 3 – Grand Couronne-Elbeuf sur Seine – 75km

Results

1. Anthony Ravard (Fra) Agritubel 1.49.48
2. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Joker – Bianchi
3. St̩phane Bonsergent (Fra) Bretagne РArmor Lux
4. Coen Wermeltfoort (Ned) Rabobank Continental
5. Bram Schmitz (Ned) Van Vliet – EBH Elshof

46. Mark Pozniak (Can) Team RACE Pro
47. Mark Walters (Can) Team RACE Pro
73. Dustin MacBurnie (Can) Team RACE Pro
91. Ryan Roth (Can) Team RACE Pro 0.16
106. Buck Miller (Can) Team RACE Pro 4.51


GC after Stage 3

1. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Joker – Bianchi 8.52.25
2. Bram Schmitz (Ned) Van Vliet – EBH Elshof
3. Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel
4. Jos Van Emden (Ned) Rabobank Continental 0.06
5. David Lelay (Fra) Bretagne – Armor Lux 0.07

46. Mark Walters (Can) Team RACE Pro 0.45
70. Ryan Roth (Can) Team RACE Pro 6.27
72. Dustin MacBurnie (Can) Team RACE Pro 6.33
96. Buck Miller (Can) Team RACE Pro 11.25
108. Mark Pozniak (Can) Team RACE Pro 19.4


Teams

1. Rabobank Continental 26.37.49
2. Bretagne – Armor Lux 0.02
3. Agritubel 0.05
4. Van Vliet – EBH Elshof 0.06
5. Team GLS – Pakke Shop 0.14
6. Beveren 2000 – Quick Step 0.2
7. Rietumu Bank-Riga 0.28
8. Glud & Marstrand Horsens 0.34
9. Nogent Sur Oise 0.56
10. Davitamon – Lotto – Jong Vlaanderen 1.04
11. Joker – Bianchi 2.08
12. Auber 93 2.29
13. Katyusha 3.07
14. Ussa Pavilly Barentin 6.3
15. CCC Polsat Polkowice 12.16
16. Team RACE Pro 12.41
17. Team Kuota – Senges 18.11
18. Normandie 18.57
19. Legia 26.03
20. Atlas – Romer’s Hausbäckerei 27.09





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