Tour de France

Stage 3: Nice to Sisteron

A stage for the heavy sprinters, stage 3 also crosses four categorized climbs and 2,550 meters of climbing through southwest France before finishing in the historic town of Sisteron.

Stage date
AUG 31, 2020
Stage distance
198 KM
Stage terrain

Start: 6:20 am EST

Est. Finish: 11:16 am EST

Stage 3 Results

Rank Rider Team Time
1 EWAN Caleb Lotto Soudal 5:17:42
2 BENNETT Sam Deceuninck - Quick Step 0:00
3 NIZZOLO Giacomo NTT Pro Cycling 0:00
4 HOFSTETTER Hugo Israel Start-Up Nation 0:00
5 SAGAN Peter BORA - hansgrohe 0:00

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Stage 3 race report: Ewan rockets to the win

Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) navigated through traffic — around Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) — to win stage 3 of the 2020 Tour de France.

The pint-size sprint specialist known as the “Pocket Rocket” came from mid-field, through a dozen riders, into an uphill headwind, to take the day.

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Caleb Caleb Ewan sprints to victory on Stage 3 of the 2020 Tour de France
Caleb Ewan sprints to victory on Stage 3 of the 2020 Tour de France. Photo: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Stage 3 preview

Course: Normally this would be considered a hilly stage, as the route includes 2,550 meters of climbing (8,366 feet), but for this mountainous Tour, this stage is considered a flat route for the sprinters. Expect a bunch kick in the stunning village of Sisteron, long known as the “Gateway to Provence.” This stage is one for the views, as the route passes through France’s picturesque Préalps d’Azur National Park.

Favorites: Caleb Ewan, Elia Viviani, André Greipel, Giacomo Nizzolo

Illustration of Jens Voigt
Illustration: Lucy Engelman

Jens Voigt’s take: Probably just a normal stage, with an early breakaway that has little chance of surviving, followed by a sprint royale in Sisteron. It should be a cool sight, as the Citadelle de Sisteron is close to the finish. I expect some spectacular helicopter shots. Wind should not be a factor, so this is probably a relatively relaxing day for the Tour. I‘ll go with Elia Viviani today .