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Stage 3 of the 2016 TdF, from Granville - Angers is this year's second longest at 223.5KM, which meant 6 hours in the saddle for Patrick and the rest of the BORA - ARGON 18 boys. Team mate Paul Voß took a day off from being in the breakaway, which in the end was easily reeled in by the bunch when the sprinters teams eventually woke from their near stage-long slumber.
With a solo breakaway rider 7 minutes up the road for much of the day, and bunch not remotely motivated to chase him, the flat stage was largely devoid of action, until it exploded in to life with a spectacular and historic sprint finale.
Patrick's sprinter team mate Sam Bennett, the race's Lantern Rouge when he left the stage start in Granville was unable to contest the bunch gallop, however he was able to once again complete the stage despite multiple injuries from his painful crash at the end of stage 1. He even moved up a place to 197 on GC.
The BORA - ARGON 18 team benefit from their own dedicated kitchen truck and travelling chef. Tonight the team were spoiled with a fantastic meal of salmon tartar.
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