Stage 3 has ended, following on the heels of yesterday's team time trial (Stage 2), and Leopard Trek remains in fourth place in overall team standings.
What is remarkable, however, is that 4 of the top 10 riders in the individual standings are members of team Leopard Trek! Following Stage 3, the team remains 4 seconds from first place, as it did yesterday. The team is holding its own.
The announced goal was to "stay safe and avoid any time gaps at the finish." They did just that. Small mistakes could prove costly to the team at this point in the overall Tour, so playing it safe makes good sense.
Tomorrow's Stage 4 has an uphill finish that is just shy of 2 kilometers; that uphill finish may well be the bane of the sprinters, who probably will fare well on the relatively flat ride that the day promises otherwise. The incline, however, is certainly nothing like the grades the riders will face in the Pyrenees and the Alps!
So far, the strategy is holding.