World champ sagan claims third stage

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- Agence France-Presse, Longwy (Belgium)

Jul 4, 2017-

World champion Peter Sagan won his eighth Tour de France stage despite a technical glitch on the uphill finish to the third stage in Longwy on Monday. 

Sagan’s foot came unclipped from his pedal as he started to accelerate at the finish, but he kept his cool and still proved too strong for the competition at the end of the 212.5km run from Verviers in Belgium. 

Britain’s Geraint Thomas finished eighth, two seconds behind the winner, and kept hold of the race leader’s yellow jersey. His team leader and reigning champion Chris Froome was a place behind in ninth and moved up from sixth to second overall, still at 12sec. 

Australian Michael Matthews was second on the stage with Dan Martin of Ireland third, just ahead of Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet in fourth. 

Matthews moved up to third overall on the same time as Froome with Sagan fourth a second further back. The 1.6km long uphill finish to the stage was tailor-made for Sagan and the world champion didn’t disappoint, proving his power despite his minor problem. 

Published: 04-07-2017 09:27

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