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87th Tour de France - Grand Tour

France, July 1 - 23, 2000

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Stage 3 - July 3: Loudun - Nantes, 161.5 km

Start time: 13:37
Estimated finish time: 17:17

Weather: Cool, overcast. Chance of an intermittent shower, but it should clear later. The temperature is 20-25 C.

Flatter, shorter and faster from the Haut Vienne market town of Loudun across the Loire River valley out to Nantes, the capital of the Loire Atlantique departement. As opposed to Loudun, the town of Nantes has hosted a Tour stage finish no less than 27 times, and this year will be the 28th. In fact, Nantes was the stage finish of the first stage ever of the Tour de France (Paris-Nantes, 1903, won by Maurice Garin). The last stage finish in Nantes was 10 years ago, won by Moreno Argentin, which was the only stage that he won in Le Tour.

The stage is another flat run for the sprinters in the western part of France. The time bonuses may give the them a chance to wear yellow before tomorrow's team time trial. Unless a break succeeds (doubtful), Steels will take it again today as his speed and power are unmatched in the final rush. will be bringing you all the action live, starting from 13:15 CET.

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