Tjallingii still managed to get to the finish, using only his right leg. The Dutchman could not walk afterwards. On Wednesday Tjallingii is in Amersfoort successfully operated on his hip.
Sacha Modolo celebrated selection for the Italian team for the London Olympics by winning the third stage of the Tour of Austria with a powerful print finish in Lienz.
Once the escape of the day go reached an advantage of almost nine minutes the Lotto-Belisol team moved up to the front of the peloton and began to consider the sprint that was expected in Rouen. Although it was the fourth longest stage of the 2012 Tour de France, from Abbeville to Rouen, the real action came in the final three kilometers.
For the second consecutive day at the Tour de France, BMC Racing Team's defending champion Cadel Evans narrowly avoided a crash near the finish while teammate Tejay van Garderen was caught behind Wednesday's pile-up but received the same time as the winner to keep his lead in the best young rider competition.
“On a stage like this, I knew I had to give it my all. There were narrow roads with plenty of twists and turns. It seems a bit like what I know the Tour of Flanders to be like. In the final kilometers it was very dangerous, and it was necessary for the whole team to work hard to keep me in the best position. "
The third stage of the 99th Tour de France was the first one contested on French soil after the Grand Départ in Belgium. It was a 197km race from Orchies to Boulogne-sur-Mer that featured six categorized climbs, including four in the closing 16km.
Colnago bikes notched up yet another professional victory at the Tour of Austria, with Italy’s Alessandro Bazzana (Team Type 1 – Sanofi) winning the uphill sprint to the line in Innsbruck after an excellent lead out from his teammate Georg Preidler, who finished fourth and also pulled on the best young rider’s white jersey.
After a successful debut, the second edition of the Tour of Beijing will feature a more mountainous parcours, more of the countryside surrounding Beijing and will dispense with the time trial that featured as the opening stage last year.
That's 21 stage wins in six years for the reigning world champion and, like he did in 2009, he got the Tour off to the perfect start
BMC Racing Team Directeur Sportif John Lelangue said Tuesday's 197 km race will be more difficult than Stage 1, when a steep climb near the end whittled the peloton down to just a leading trio.