Back into French soil...
Tomorrow's stage starts in Seraing Belgium and then heads back into French soil finishing in Cambrai and is the mini Paris Roubaix stage. Longest stage of the Tour at 224km and the cobbles will shake up the GC. Seven sections of pave, 13.3km of cobblestone sections it will be a treacherous affair. This stage will advantage Nibali (3rd in last year's stage 5). I see the yellow jersey will change most likely going to Tony Martin who is 1 second behind Chris Froome on GC. Tomorrow's stage will be dangerous and will be a huge win for one classic specialist on les paves.
Abandoned riders after stage 3: (I predict a few more will join this list in the morning)
Fabian Cancellara, Tom Dumoulin, Simon Gerrans, Dmitry Kozontchuk, William Bonnet.
Fab Five GC:
Froome: (7:11:37), 3. Van Garderen: (.13), 8. A. Contador: (.36), 13. V. Nibali (1:38), 17. N. Quintana (1:56).
My pick to conquer tomorrow's mini Paris Roubaix...