Tour de France

Sagan wins TDF third stage

2012-07-03 18:00
Peter Sagan (AFP Photo)

Boulogne-sur-Mer - Peter Sagan of Slovakia won the third stage of the Tour de France on Tuesday, easing home in the final 100 metres of a 197km ride from Orchies to the French seaport town of Boulogne-sur-Mer.

It was the Liquigas rider's second stage win having triumphed in Sunday's first full stage.

Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland retained the overall leader's yellow jersey.

It was the tour's first appearance in France this year following the prologue and two stages across the border in southern Belgium, there were a number of crashes and incidents.

Yellow jersey contenders Team Sky were the first to suffer a setback when Kanstantsin Sivtsov was forced to retire.

Sivtsov, one of Sky's support riders for race favourite Bradley Wiggins, was one of several riders caught up in a crash just after the Cote de l'Eperche around 140km into the race.

The Belarusian sat on the ground and waited for medical advice, apparently complaining of a sore knee, before his retirement was announced minutes later.

He became the first of the 198-strong peloton to withdraw from this year's race, which ends in Paris on July 22, but he was not alone with more coming shortly after.

Other riders to be caught up in the spill were American sprinter Tyler Farrar (Garmin) and Spaniard Pablo Urtasun (Euskaltel).

The crash, which happened on a tight road, left many riders scrambling over the grass verges with their bike in a bid to get moving.

Farrar was eventually paced back to the peloton, which at that point had a 3min 55sec deficit on a four-man breakaway group.

The third stage had been feared by a number of different teams and riders due to a succession of six small climbs, five of which came in the last 35km, on tight roads leading to the finish line.

And those fears were confirmed when another crash on the next climb, the Mont Violette, prompted the withdrawal of Spanish sprinter Jose Joaquin Rojas (Movistar), who finished second in the green jersey points competition in 2011.

The 22-year-old Sagan eventually won a tight finish up a final rise, edging ahead of Norway's Edvald Boasson Hagen and another Slovakian Peter Velits. Cancellera was fourth with last year's tour winner Cadel Evans of Australia in sixth place.

Results from Stage 3 of Tour de France, a 197km ride from Orchies to Boulogne on Tuesday:

1. Peter Sagan (SVK/LIQ) (average: 41.8 km/h) 4h42min 58sec
2. Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR/SKY) at 0:01.
3. Peter Velits (SVK/OPQ) 0:01.
4. Fabian Cancellara (SWI/RSH) 0:01.
5. Michael Albasini (SWI/GEC) 0:01.
6. Cadel Evans (AUS/BMC) 0:01.
7. Nicolas Roche (EIR/ALM) 0:01.
8. Samuel Sanchez (ESP/EUS) 0:01.
9. Bauke Mollema (NED/RAB) 0:01.
10. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA/LIQ) 0:01.
11. Ryder Hesjedal (CAN/GRM) 0:01.
12. Wout Poels (NED/VAC) 0:01.
13. Andreas Kloden (GER/RSH) 0:01.
14. Robert Kiserlovski (CRO/AST) 0:01.
15. Jelle Vanendert (BEL/LTB) 0:01.
16. Tejay Van Garderen (USA/BMC) 0:01.
17. Janez Brajkovic (SLO/AST) 0:01.
18. Robert Gesink (NED/RAB) 0:01.
19. Maxime Monfort (BEL/RSH) 0:01.
20. Frank Schleck (LUX/RSH) 0:01.
21. Gorka Izagirre (ESP/EUS) 0:01.
22. Pierre Rolland (FRA/EUC) 0:01.
23. Alejandro Valverde (ESP/MOV) 0:01.
24. Remy Di Gregorio (FRA/COF) 0:01.
25. Jurgen Van den Broeck (BEL/LTB) 0:01.
26. Thibaut Pinot (FRA/FDJ) 0:01.
27. Steven Kruijswijk (NED/RAB) 0:01.
28. Egoi Martinez (ESP/EUS) 0:01.
29. Pierrick Fedrigo (FRA/FDJ) 0:01.
30. Oscar Freire (ESP/KAT) 0:01.
31. Ivan Basso (ITA/LIQ) 0:01.
32. Haimar Zubeldia (ESP/RSH) 0:01.
33. Rafael Valls (ESP/VAC) 0:01.
34. Mikel Astarloza (ESP/EUS) 0:01.
35. Levi Leipheimer (USA/OPQ) 0:01.
36. Luis Angel Mate (ESP/COF) 0:01.
37. Jean Christophe Peraud (FRA/ALM) 0:01.
38. Andre Greipel (GER/LTB) 0:01.
39. Yukiya Arashiro (JPN/EUC) 0:01.
40. Fredrik Kessiakoff (SWE/AST) 0:01.
41. Sylvain Chavanel (FRA/OPQ) 0:01.
42. Dries Devenyns (BEL/OPQ) 0:01.
43. Kris Boeckmans (BEL/VAC) 0:01.
44. Baden Cooke (AUS/GEC) 0:01.
45. Andriy Grivko (UKR/AST) 0:01.
46. Rui Costa (POR/MOV) 0:01.
47. Nick Nuyens (BEL/SAX) 0:01.
48. Sandy Casar (FRA/FDJ) 0:01.
49. Tony Gallopin (FRA/RSH) 0:01.
50. Marcus Burghardt (GER/BMC) 0:01.
51. Michael Rogers (AUS/SKY) 0:01.
52. Michele Scarponi (ITA/LAM) 0:01.
53. Bradley Wiggins (GBR/SKY) 0:01.
54. Greg Henderson (NZL/LTB) 0:01.
55. Jerome Coppel (FRA/SAU) 0:01.
56. Chris Horner (USA/RSH) 0:01.
57. Rein Taaramae (EST/COF) 0:01.
58. Andrei Kashechkin (KAZ/AST) 0:01.
59. George Hincapie (USA/BMC) 0:01.
60. Rob Ruijgh (NED/VAC) 0:01.
61. Alexander Vinokourov (KAZ/AST) 0:01.
62. Laurens ten Dam (NED/RAB) 0:01.
63. Kevin De Weert (BEL/OPQ) 0:01.
64. Sylvester Szmyd (POL/LIQ) 0:01.
65. Denis Menchov (RUS/KAT) 0:01.
66. Eduard Vorganov (RUS/KAT) 0:01.
67. Vladimir Gusev (RUS/KAT) 0:01.
68. Nicki Sorensen (DEN/SAX) 0:01.
69. Federico Canuti (ITA/LIQ) 0:01.
70. Davide Malacarne (ITA/EUC) 0:01.
71. Michael Schär (SWI/BMC) 0:01.
72. Bram Tankink (NED/RAB) 0:01.
73. Chris Froome (GBR/SKY) 0:01.
74. Daryl Impey (RSA/GEC) 2:02.
75. Christian Vande Velde (USA/GRM) 2:08.
76. Chris Anker Sorensen (DEN/SAX) 2:08.
77. Hubert Dupont (FRA/ALM) 2:08.
78. Richie Porte (AUS/SKY) 2:08.
79. Christophe Riblon (FRA/ALM) 2:08.
80. Fabrice Jeandesboz (FRA/SAU) 2:08.
81. Amets Txurruka (ESP/EUS) 2:08.
82. Guillaume Levarlet (FRA/SAU) 2:08.
83. Martin Velits (SVK/OPQ) 2:17.
84. Maxim Iglinskiy (KAZ/AST) 2:18.
85. Johannes Fröhlinger (GER/ARG) 2:32.
86. Ivan Gutierrez (ESP/MOV) 2:40.
87. Alessandro Vanotti (ITA/LIQ) 2:44.
88. Lars Ytting Bak (DEN/LTB) 3:26.
89. Marcel Sieberg (GER/LTB) 3:32.
90. Juergen Roelandts (BEL/LTB) 3:33.
91. Bernhard Eisel (AUT/SKY) 3:38.
92. Kristjan Koren (SLO/LIQ) 3:54.
93. Pieter Weening (NED/GEC) 3:54.
94. Stuart O'Grady (AUS/GEC) 3:54.
95. Matthew Goss (AUS/GEC) 3:54.
96. Ruben Plaza (ESP/MOV) 3:54.
97. Aliaksandr Kuschynski (BLR/KAT) 3:54.
98. Ruben Perez Moreno (ESP/EUS) 3:54.
99. Joan Horrach (ESP/KAT) 3:54.
100. Yury Trofimov (RUS/KAT) 3:54.
101. Davide Vigano (ITA/LAM) 3:54.
102. Yaroslav Popovych (UKR/RSH) 4:01.
103. Marco Marcato (ITA/VAC) 4:01.
104. Luca Paolini (ITA/KAT) 4:10.
105. Daniel Martin (EIR/GRM) 5:05.
106. Jens Voigt (GER/RSH) 5:27.
107. Michael Morkov (DEN/SAX) 5:27.
108. Amaël Moinard (FRA/BMC) 5:27.
109. Arthur Vichot (FRA/FDJ) 5:27.
110. Manuel Quinziato (ITA/BMC) 6:42.
111. Koen de Kort (NED/ARG) 7:03.
112. Jorge Azanza (ESP/EUS) 7:03.
113. Imanol Erviti (ESP/MOV) 7:03.
114. Romain Zingle (BEL/COF) 7:03.
115. Adam Hansen (AUS/LTB) 7:17.
116. Cyril Lemoine (FRA/SAU) 7:19.
117. Jean-Marc Marino (FRA/SAU) 7:19.
118. Juan José Haedo (ARG/SAX) 7:19.
119. Francis de Greef (BEL/LTB) 7:27.
120. Mickaël Cherel (FRA/ALM) 7:27.
121. Kenny van Hummel (NED/VAC) 7:27.
122. Anthony Delaplace (FRA/SAU) 7:27.
123. Lieuwe Westra (NED/VAC) 7:27.
124. Julien Fouchard (FRA/COF) 7:27.
125. Anthony Roux (FRA/FDJ) 7:27.
126. Marco Marzano (ITA/LAM) 7:27.
127. Maxime Bouet (FRA/ALM) 7:27.
128. Matthieu Ladagnous (FRA/FDJ) 7:27.
129. Blel Kadri (FRA/ALM) 7:27.
130. Nicolas Edet (FRA/COF) 7:27.
131. Danilo Hondo (GER/LAM) 7:27.
132. Jeremy Roy (FRA/FDJ) 7:27.
133. Julien Simon (FRA/SAU) 7:27.
134. Bert Grabsch (GER/OPQ) 7:27.
135. Yuriy Krivtsov (UKR/LAM) 7:27.
136. Yauheni Hutarovich (BLR/FDJ) 7:27.
137. Dmitriy Fofonov (KAZ/AST) 7:27.
138. Sebastien Hinault (FRA/ALM) 7:27.
139. Alessandro Petacchi (ITA/LAM) 7:27.
140. Sébastien Minard (FRA/ALM) 7:27.
141. Matthew Lloyd (AUS/LAM) 7:27.
142. Dominik Nerz (GER/LIQ) 7:27.
143. Cedric Pineau (FRA/FDJ) 7:27.
144. Giovanni Bernaudeau (FRA/EUC) 7:27.
145. Grega Bole (SLO/LAM) 7:27.
146. Anders Lund (DEN/SAX) 7:27.
147. Sergio Paulinho (POR/SAX) 7:27.
148. Thomas Voeckler (FRA/EUC) 7:27.
149. Cyril Gautier (FRA/EUC) 7:27.
150. Vincent Jerome (FRA/EUC) 7:27.
151. Maarten Wijnants (BEL/RAB) 7:27.
152. Gorka Verdugo (ESP/EUS) 7:27.
153. Mark Cavendish (GBR/SKY) 7:27.
154. Johnny Hoogerland (NED/VAC) 7:27.
155. Jonathan Cantwell (AUS/SAX) 7:27.
156. Mark Renshaw (AUS/RAB) 7:27.
157. Vladimir Karpets (RUS/MOV) 7:27.
158. Gustav Erik Larsson (SWE/VAC) 7:27.
159. Jan Ghyselinck (BEL/COF) 7:27.
160. David Moncoutié (FRA/COF) 7:27.
161. Mathieu Sprick (FRA/ARG) 7:27.
162. Yohann Gene (FRA/EUC) 7:27.
163. Christophe Kern (FRA/EUC) 7:27.
164. Yann Huguet (FRA/ARG) 7:27.
165. Samuel Dumoulin (FRA/COF) 7:27.
166. Stephen Cummings (GBR/BMC) 7:27.
167. Christian Knees (GER/SKY) 7:42.
168. Philippe Gilbert (BEL/BMC) 7:46.
169. Vasil Kiryienka (BLR/MOV) 7:52.
170. Daniel Oss (ITA/LIQ) 7:54.
171. David Millar (GBR/GRM) 8:02.
172. Tyler Farrar (USA/GRM) 9:00.
173. Robert Hunter (RSA/GRM) 9:00.
174. David Zabriskie (USA/GRM) 9:00.
175. Tom Danielson (USA/GRM) 9:11.
176. Borut Bozic (SLO/AST) 9:30.
177. Tony Martin (GER/OPQ) 10:37.
178. Brett Lancaster (AUS/GEC) 10:37.
179. Johan Van Summeren (BEL/GRM) 10:37.
180. Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (ESP/MOV) 10:37.
181. Simon Gerrans (AUS/GEC) 10:37.
182. Sebastian Langeveld (NED/GEC) 10:37.
183. Karsten Kroon (NED/SAX) 10:37.
184. Maartens Tjallingii (NED/RAB) 10:37.
185. Luis Leon Sanchez (ESP/RAB) 10:37.
186. Jerome Pineau (FRA/OPQ) 10:37.
187. Tom Veelers (NED/ARG) 10:37.
188. Jimmy Engoulvent (FRA/SAU) 10:37.
189. Giampaolo Caruso (ITA/KAT) 16:26.
190. Simone Stortoni (ITA/LAM) 16:26.
191. Pablo Urtasun (ESP/EUS) 16:26.
192. Patrick Gretsch (GER/ARG) 16:29.
193. Roy Curvers (NED/ARG) 16:29.
194. Albert Timmer (NED/ARG) 16:29.
195. Marcel Kittel (GER/ARG) 16:29.
196. Brice Feillu (FRA/SAU) 16:29.
. Jose Joaquin Rojas (ESP/MOV) Retired
. Kanstantsin Siutsou (BLR/SKY) Retired

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