Stage 3: A treacherous 132.36-mile ride Tuesday from Wanze, Belgium, to Arenberg, France. The stage featured seven cobblestone sections, including four in the last 18.64 miles.

Winner: Thor Hushovd of Norway. The Cervelo team sprinter won the stage ahead of Britain's Geraint Thomas and world champion Cadel Evans of Australia.

About Armstrong: Lance Armstrong lost time to other title contenders because of a flat tire and dropped to 18th overall, 2:30 back. He had been fifth overall.

Standings: Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland took the yellow jersey back from Sylvain Chavanel of France. Cancellara finished in a five-man group behind Hushovd. Chavanel had two flat tires, along with a mechanical problem.

Quote of the day: "Sometimes you're the hammer, sometimes you're the nail. Today I was the nail. I have 20 days now to be the hammer." -- Armstrong

Next stage: Wednesday's fourth stage is a 95.38-mile ride from Cambrai to Reims, the capital of champagne. This short trek doesn't feature any major difficulty and looks tailor-made for sprinters.

TV: 7:30 a.m. on VS. (repeat at 7 p.m.)