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After beauty of Corsica, the brunt of Tour awaits

Updated: July 1, 2013, 5:26 PM ET
Associated Press

CALVI, Corsica -- A funny thing about the Tour de France is that it can give competitors the most fabulous terrain on which to ride, but it cannot force them to race.

Instead of being the tricky day full of traps and surprises that Tour teams feared and organizers hoped for, Stage 3 of the 100th edition proved a bit of a dud.

Yes, there some of the most riveting coastal scenery ever visited by the 110-year-old race. The drama, however, was in short supply. Corsica may be France's ...

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