Stage 3 of the Tour was as advertised.
The predicted carnage abounded, but the results were not quite as expected. Frank Schleck is out with a broken collar bone. An untimely flat took Lance Armstrong from being a minute up on Contador to a desperate battle to limit his losses. Cadel Evans and Andy Schleck put substantial time on Contador as teammate Vinokourov unknowingly dropped Alberto on the run to the finish, putting himself ahead of Contador in the GC and allowing Contador to lose seconds to his rivals. Evans is somewhat surprisingly in the best position of the likely contenders.
A rejuvenated Alessandro Petacchi is winning sprints while Mark Cavendish fired blanks on today's stage which was the first clean sprint of the Tour. I thought Petacchi's earlier win could be attributed to the huge crashes behind him, but today the 36-year-old showed the pure power that earned him the nickname of "Ale-jet".
What is going to happen next!? No friggin' telling with this Tour!
It's a long way to Paris.