Riders would be hoping for slightly friendlier conditions on the third stage of the Tour de France, which set of from Belgium and via Luxembourg on its way back into France, with rain blighting the opening two days of racing.

Another long day in the saddle at 212.5km, stage three would present a number of climbs for the peloton but most importantly, and uphill finish into Longwy would give the puncheurs an opportunity for victory.

The layout of the finish, with a category climb into the line, could see a fight between the likes of Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) and Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), but could one of the sprinters spring a surprise and hold on up the climb?

Catch-up with the best bits of the stage or read up on everything that happened on the third day of racing in our stage three report.

The 2017 Tour de France starts in Düsseldorf, Germany, on Saturday July 1 and finishes three weeks later in Paris on Sunday, July 23.