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Tour de France: no change in standings after dramatic third stage

Switzerland's Zberg after a pile-up with other racers, including the leader, Millar Keystone

The Scotsman, David Millar, has clung onto the leader's yellow jersey in an action-packed third stage of the Tour de France. There was also no change for Switzerland's Alex Zülle, who stayed sixth in the overall standings.

Millar had a sticky moment at the end of the 161 kilometre course from Loudun to Nantes, when he became part of a pile-up between several competitors, including Switzerland’s Markus Zberg, barely a kilometre from the finish line. Millar managed to recover to finish the race.

Meanwhile, Alex Zülle, failed to better his sixth position in the tour, mainly because the main group of cyclists all finished within seconds of each other.

Not only was there little change in the overall standings, the winner of the second stage, Belgium’s Tom Steels, won the third stage race as well, dramatically sprinting ahead of the pack in the last few minutes, just ahead of Germany’s Erik Zabel.

Riders will tackle the fourth stage on Tuesday stretching 194 kilometres from Laval to Blois.

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