Tuesday 22 August 2023
Stage 3
Vatan   Issoudun

Type Team time trial
Distance 27 km
Climbing +145 m
Stage 2

Start of live coverage : 3:00 pm


27 km (16 mi)


+145 m (476 ft)


Team time trial



of the winner’s time
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Les voies sont fermées 30 min avant le passage du convoi et rouverts après le passage de la voiture balai.


 2:30 pm
 D136, Grande Rue (on Google Maps)


 Issoudun (on Google Maps)
  • KM 14.5
    Inter - Saint-Valentin
Team Gaps
DENMARK 00:28:13
+ 00:00:13
+ 00:00:31
+ 00:00:32
+ 00:00:41
Rider Gaps
BEVORT Carl-Frederik (DEN)
2 DALBY Simon (DEN)
3 THIERRY Pierre (FRA)
+ 00:00:07
4 RONDEL Mathys (FRA)
+ 00:00:13
5 HUENS Axel (FRA)
+ 00:00:13
#94 - Max Walker (GBR)
For the stage:
  • Yellow Jersey
  • Polka dot jersey
  • Green jersey
  • White jersey
  • Stage victory
  • Combativity prize
  • Team classification
Team Gaps
No withdrawals

The French team’s very good performance in the team time trial stage on the Indre roads between Vatan and Issoudun, on a course that was highly suitable for the exercise, was ultimately, if not disappointing, at least frustrating. Particularly for Pierre Thierry from Brittany, who had been lying in wait since he was in the breakaway on the first day and who could have imagined himself in the yellow jersey after the performance of the French team, of which he was a driving force. He couldn’t hide his bitterness as Denmark improved on the French team’s time by 12 seconds and pulled off a double in the tradition of Danish rouleurs.

Denmark’s success propelled one of its own, Carl-Frederik Bevort, into the CIC yellow jersey of leader, in the same second as his compatriot Simon Dalby, while Pierre Thierry took 3rd place overall, 7 seconds behind.

Like the Danes, the French team had kept four of its six riders to cross the finish line after Louis Rouland and Antoine Huby had dropped out under the pace set by the phalanx of top French rouleurs. National coach Pierre-Yves Chatelon had slightly eased off the pace in order to protect the interests of Antoine Huby, winner of the Course de la Paix and therefore one of the regular leaders, until the last five kilometres, but he accepted this strategy, which he didn’t think had cost him anything.

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Located in the Champagne Berrichonne region of Berry in the Indre department, Vatan is a village of almost 2,000 inhabitants. Located on the A20 motorway, it has been awarded the Village Etape and Ville Fleurie 2* designation. It offers visitors an ideal place to stop off for a bite to eat or a stroll. There are many routes to choose from, on foot or by bike, historical routes or more natural routes around the gardens. Two lakes invite you to take a stroll, as do several picnic areas.
Halfway between Vierzon and Châteauroux, Vatan acts as an intermediary centre, with crafts, commerce, services and industry well represented.

Since 2006, Vatan has taken part in the “Rencontres des Communes aux noms burlesques” (Meeting of Towns with Burlesque Names) and organises the “Fête des lentilles vertes du Berry” (Berry Green Lentil Festival) every year on the 2nd weekend in September. There’s plenty to do, as Vatan boasts a rich network of associations that make the area a dynamic place to live.

A small town in the centre of France. A beautiful story. Solutions for everyday life. Ideas for the future.
The second largest town in the Indre department, Issoudun is located in the heart of the former province of Berry, halfway between Bourges and Châteauroux. It has 11,690 inhabitants. It is the hub of the Communauté de Communes du Pays d’Issoudun, which has a population of over 20,000.

Issoudun is a small, friendly town on a human scale. It has a remarkable range of cultural, sports and leisure facilities.

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