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July 8/03 11:10 am - New Yellow Jersey after Tour Stage 3

Posted by Editor on 07/8/03

Tour de France

Alessandro Petacchi (Fassa Bortolo) has taken his second stage win at the Tour today, and Jean-Patrick Nazon (Jean Delatour) has taken over the Yellow Jersey from Bradley McGee ( in today's 168 kilometre stage from Charleville-Mezieres to Saint-Dizier.

As expected, an early breakway by Anthony Geslin (Brioches La Boulangere) gained a maximum gap of 3:30 before being reeled in. Nazon took the Yellow by 8 seconds with intermediate time bonus sprint wins. might have hoped to transfer the jersey from McGee to their sprinter Baden Cooke (only 4 seconds back), but both Cooke and Green Jersey leader Robbie McEwen (Lotto-Domo) were delayed by a crash when Rene Hasselbacher (Gerolsteiner) ran into the back of them as they were bumping elbows in the final 300 metres.

Stage 3 - Charleville-Mezieres to Saint-Dizier 168 km

1 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 3:27:39
2 Romans Vainsteins (Lat) Vini Caldirola-So.Di
3 Oscar Freire (Esp) Rabobank
4 Erik Zabel (Ger) Team Telekom
5 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Lotto Domo
6 Luca Paolini (Ita) Quick.Step-Davitamon
7 Olaf Pollack (Ger) Gerolsteiner
8 Angelo Furlan (Ita) Alessio
9 Salvatore Commesso (Ita) Saeco
10 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Credit Agricole
11 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Credit Agricole
12 Robert Hunter (RSA) Rabobank
13 Bradley McGee (Aus)
14 Jean-Patrick Nazon (Fra) Jean Delatour
15 Jerome Pineau (Fra) Brioches La Boulangere
16 Franck Renier (Fra) Brioches La Boulangere
17 Laurent Brochard (Fra) Ag2R Prevoyance
18 Jan Ullrich (Ger) Team Bianchi
19 Aitor Gonzalez (Spa) Fassa Bortolo
20 Georg Totschnig (Aut) Gerolsteiner
21 Baden Cooke (Aus)
22 Jaan Kirsipuu (Est) Ag2R Prevoyance
23 Fred Rodriguez (USA) Vini Caldirola-So.Di
24 Christophe Mengin (Fra)
25 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Ag2R Prevoyance all s.t.


1 Jean-Patrick Nazon (Fra) Jean Delatour 12:25:59
2 Bradley McGee (Aus) at 0:08


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