Vuelta Stage 3

Well, Petacchi has done it - he won today's rain-soaked stage and can now add the Vuelta stage 2 to his six Giro and four Tour victories. He is only the third rider to accomplish the grand tour hat trick, and his eleven stage wins combined puts him at the top of the list. I guess he can hop in the team car and go home now.

Today's stage was ugly weather wise, with a brief respite from the rain being followed by down pour as the riders pulled into Santander for the finish. I was hoping that US Postal would go for a stage win, but in the end they did a good job of protecting Heras. If you want to see how bad the conditions were, check out this photo

- Stage 3 Summary
- Stage 3 Route Profile

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