NANTES, France -- On a day that belonged to French cycling, Romain Feillu finished third to claim the yellow jersey Monday while Samuel Dumoulin won the third stage of the Tour de France with a victory he hopes will heighten the sport's image.
Dumoulin was the quickest in a group of four riders that broke away almost from the start of the 129-mile route from Saint-Malo to Nantes. They were left to wage a tight sprint finish as others rolled behind.
Feillu was just beaten to the line and took the overall lead from Alejandro Valverde, the Spaniard who led since winning Saturday's first stage. Valverde finished in the main pack of riders nearly two minutes back in 68th place.
• LOCAL BASEBALL -- The Carolina Thunder, after streaking to the best record in the Southern Divison of the Southern Collegiate Baseball League, had nine team members named to the SCBL All-Star Game. The game will be played on Saturday at Wofford.
Coach Chuck Rinehimer will lead the Southern All-Stars as reward for guiding the Thunder to first place. He will take pitchers Stew Brase, Ken Graveline and Anthony Markhun; infielders Jonathan Dziomba, Jamie Holler, Ben Darlington and Keith Mauney; and outfielder Byron McCoy with him. Winthrop outfielder Brad Deal also will travel to participate in the home run derby.
• COLLEGE BASEBALL -- South Carolina has hired away the assistant coach credited for recruiting the players that turned North Carolina into a college baseball power in recent years.
Chad Holbrook is leaving the Tar Heels, where he played in the early '90s and coached for 15 years.
Holbrook will be associate head coach and recruiting coordinator for the Gamecocks. Coach Ray Tanner said Holbrook will also be a hitting instructor and coach third base.