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2011 Tour De France, Stage 3: Thor Hushovd Of Garmin-Cervelo Leads As Race Shifts To Olonne-Sur-Mer

The 2011 Tour de France continues on July 4 with Stage 3 at Olonne-sur-Mer for 198 km (123 mi) to Redon. Will Team Garmin-Cervelo's Thos Hushovd still wear the yellow jersey at the end of the day? Hushovd captured the maillot jaune on Sunday when Garmin-Cervelo finished first in the team trial at Les Essarts. His lead time is 5 hours, 6:25, tied with his teammate David Millar. Cadel Evans of BMC Racing Team is one second behind.

For Stage 3, the race turns north to Brittany and there will be a nice stretch of road for sprinters almost halfway through this plains stage. This will be the first time the sea-side town is used for the race, though nearby les Sables-d'Olonne had been a staple of the race in the 1920s. The race winds up in Redon, a central maritime transit hub on the Brittany-Loire border, for the first time in the Tour de France.

Team Garmin-Cervelo also features Tom Danielson, who is currently ranked 77th overall at 5 hours, 8:14. He and the rest of the team will look to keep G-C in the overall team lead, which currently stands at 14 hours, 6:29. Also keep a look out on, as always, on Danny Pate of Colorado Springs and HTC-Highroad.

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