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2015 Tour de France results and standings, Stage 3: Joaquim Rodriguez emerges from wrecks with win

Joaquim Rodriguez emerged the victor out of several wrecks in Stage 3, while Chris Froome took over the yellow jersey with a second-place finish.

Joaquim Rodriguez won a wreck-filled Stage 3 of the Tour de France, edging out Chris Froome in a summit finish. Froome will take over the yellow jersey from Fabian Cancellara thanks to six-second time bonus for taking second place. Tony Martin just missed the yellow jersey again, sitting one second behind Froome in the general classification.

Massive crashes were the story of Stage 3. What should have been a fun and relatively safe ride to the top of the Mur de Huy -- sandwiched between Sunday's massive crosswinds and Tuesday's cobbles -- became chaos when William Bonnet nicked the wheel in front of him and slipped on a high-speed descent, taking out much of the peloton behind him. Moments later, a second crash occurred, taking out more riders and spreading out medical crew so thin that the race had to be suspended and neutralized for roughly 25 minutes before restarting with 50 kilometers to go.

Cancellara was involved in the first crash and rode the rest of the stage in wincing pain. He finished nearly 12 minutes off the front, dropping him far down the general classification after an excellent start to the tour. Tom Dumoulin, Simon Gerrans, William Bonnet and Dmitry Kozonchuk were forced to abandon.

Contador's Tinkoff-Saxo team headed the peleton in the final five kilometers, but Froome was the biggest aggressor, besides Rodriguez who finished the race with a bandaged arm. Froome dug deep at the bottom of the Mur de Huy, to lead the peloton before being passed by Rodriguez.

Andre Greipel held onto the green jersey after winning 20 point in the intermediate sprint. Rodriguez was awarded the first King of the Mountains jersey, earning all of two points for winning the stage.

Stage 3 results

Name Team Time Gap
Joaquim Rodriguez Katusha 3:26:54
Christopher Froome Sky " :00
Alexis Vuillermoz AG2R La Mondiale 3:26:58 :04
Daniel Martin Cannondale-Garmin 3:26:59 :05
Tony Gallopin Lotto-Soudal 3:27:02 :08
Tejay Van Garderen BMC 3:27:05 :11
Vincenzo Nibali Astana " "
Simon Yates Orica Greenedge " "
Nairo Quintana Movistar " "
Bauke Mollema Trek " "

General classification (yellow jersey) standings

Name Team Time Gap
Christopher Froome Sky 7:11:37
Tony Martin Etixx-Quick Step 7:11:38 :01
Tejay Van Garderen BMC 7:11:50 :13
Tony Gallopin Lotto-Soudal 7:12:03 :26
Greg Van Avermaet BMC 7:12:05 :28
Peter Sagan Tinkoff-Saxo 7:12:08 :31
Rigoberto Uran Uran Etixx-Quick Step 7:12:11 :34
Alberto Contador Tinkoff-Saxo 7:12:13 :36
Geraint Thomas Sky 7:12:40 1:03
Zdenek Stybar Etixx-Quick Step 7:12:41 1:04

General Classification favorites

Overall rank Name Team Time Gap
1. Christopher Froome Sky 7:11:37
3. Tejay Van Garderen BMC 7:11:50 :13
8. Alberto Contador Tinkoff-Saxo 7:12:13 :36
13. Vincenzo Nibali Astana 7:13:15 1:38
17. Nairo Quintana Movistar 7:13:33 1:56

Points (green jersey) standings

Name Team Points
Andre Greipel Lotto-Soudal 75
Peter Sagan Tinkoff Saxo 48
Christopher Froome Sky 40
Mark Cavendish Etixx-Quick Step 37
Fabian Cancellara Trek 35