Bicycling Magazine Tour de France 2010: Stage 3 - Wanze to Arenberg Porte du Hainaut (July 6) 

The most frantic day of the Tour, with 7 cobbled sectors totaling 13 kilometers. All told it will be 213 nervy km in the saddle for those in the GC hunt. Starting among the rolling hills of the Belgian Ardennes, this stage finishes at the entrance to the legendary Arenberg Trench of Paris-Roubaix.

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Author: Bicycling Magazine
Date: 6 Jul 2010 12:14:37 PM
Source: Trimble Outdoors website
Activity: Bicycling
State: France (FRA)
Distance: 133.44 mi  (Change units)
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 2999 ft
Total Loss: 3107 ft
Net Change: -108 ft
Difficulty: 1 / 10
Tags: Arenberg, Cobbles, France, Stages to Watch, Tour de France 2010, Wanze
Rating: Unrated   Rate it

After climbing some of the historic climbs of the Liege-Bastogne-Liege classic, Tour riders will then be handed a mini-Paris-Roubaix as stage three finishes over some of the treacherous cobblestone roads covered during the classic otherwise known as the “Hell of the North.”

Already when the Tour covered a brief 3.9-kilometers of cobbles in the 2004 Tour it cost Iban Mayo, one of the pre-race favorites, precious time he would never recover. This year, the race will cover 13.2 kilometers. All the Tour de France favorites know that on this stage, more than any, they can lose the Tour due to crashes, mechanical failures or an array of factors otherwise known as bad luck.

Alberto Contador and other Tour favorites have already visited the cobbled sections this spring in an effort to eye possible trappings. Contador himself rode with retired Paris-Roubaix champ Peter Van Petegem. Unfortunately he will not be able to rely on good old “Van Pet” when the Tour comes to town.

Note: Stage route, exact start/finish, and sprints/climbs have been approximated from information provided by Actual stage may vary slightly.

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Position Format: Datum:

Stage 3 - Wanze to Arenberg Porte du Hainaut, July 6

Distance: 133.44 mi Points: 1877
Total Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
Active Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi

Points of Interest

Depart: Wanze

Location: 50.535826, 5.215952
Wanze is located close to Huy and its famous Mur, where the finish of the Ardennes Classic is held each year.

Arrivee: Arenberg

Location: 50.388192, 3.424038
Riders finish at the entrance to the Arenberg Trench, the legendary section of Paris-Roubaix

Sprint #1

Location: 50.472492, 4.844971

Cote du Bothey: Cat 4 Climb

Location: 50.520367, 4.649363

Sprint #2

Location: 50.597518, 4.324708

Feed Zone

Location: 50.612993, 4.140816

Ormeignies, Start of Sector 1: 350m of Cobbles

Location: 50.592510, 3.762732

Sprint #3

Location: 50.574861, 3.560600

Hollain, Start of Sector 2: 1,200m of Cobbles

Location: 50.541599, 3.416920

Rongy, Start of Sector 3: 700m of Cobbles

Location: 50.522286, 3.399067

Sars-et-Rosieres, Start of Sector 3: 2,400m of Cobbles

Location: 50.450814, 3.325768

Tilloy-Lez-Marchiennes, Start of Sector 4: 2,500m of Cobbles

Location: 50.429550, 3.320231

Wandignies-Hamage, Start of Sector 4: 3,700m of Cobbles

Location: 50.393764, 3.315639

Haveluy, Sector 7: Start of 2,300m of Cobbles

Location: 50.357199, 3.357697

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