Tour de France

Brotherly love inspired Sagan to Tour stage win

2017-07-03 21:15
Tour de France (Getty Images)

Longwy - Peter Sagan said having his brother alongside him as he won his eighth Tour de France stage on Monday made it extra special.

The world champion surged clear on the uphill finish to win the 212.5km third stage from Verviers in Belgium to Longwy.

But he credited his brother Juraj, the Slovak national champion, for working hard all day for his Bora team.

"It's very nice, I'm very happy for him because he can feel also the atmosphere of the Tour de France for the first time," said Sagan, 27, of his 28-year-old brother.

"I have to say thank you to all my team because they did an amazing job, especially my brother, all day in the front pulling to catch the breakaway."

Sagan also said it was his brother who had first got him interested in bicycle racing.

"It's special because he's my brother, we can race on bikes.

"For sure without my brother, I'm not here now. It was his idea and after I followed."

One of Sagan's shoes was unclipped in the sprint finish but he kept his cool, re-clipped and pushed on to win ahead of Australian Michael Matthews, with Dan Martin of Ireland in third.

Briton Geraint Thomas kept the yellow jersey after coming home in eighth, one place ahead of his Sky team leader and reigning champion Chris Froome, two seconds behind the winner.

It meant that Froome moved up to second overall, 12 seconds behind Thomas, with Matthews third on the same time and Sagan just one second further back in fourth.

It briefly looked as if Thomas and Froome might be caught out as Australian contender Richie Porte launched an attack some 800 metres from the finish, with even two-time former winner Alberto Contador unable to hold his wheel.

Porte couldn't keep it up, though, and actually finished 14th, behind other contenders such as Romain Bardet and Nairo Quintana.

But he admitted afterwards he hadn't planned to go on the attack on the 1.6km long final climb.

"The guys put me in a fantastic position there in the final," he said.

"I felt good but there were still 500 metres to go, it was a little bit too far."

Thomas insisted he and Froome hadn't been too worried, but said it showed Porte was in good form.

"As we started the climb, myself and Froomey were a little far back, 20 positions.

"It needed a bit of an effort (to get back up). Richie attacked, a strong attack, but we weren't too stressed about it.

"We knew Sagan and some other guys were likely to cover it.

"Certainly it showed he's in great form and will always look to use his legs to gain some time."

With a lap of the renowned Spa-Francorchamps motor racing circuit included along the course and the sun out, there was much to enjoy for riders and fans alike.

A six-man breakaway was allowed around two minutes for most of the day's racing and spent their time battling for king of the mountain points along the five climbs.

Having seen his compatriot and Cannondale team-mate Taylor Phinney claim the polkadot jersey on Sunday, American Nathan Brown took the necessary points to keep it in the family.

For the most part, the peloton and overall favourites enjoyed a leisurely day in the saddle.

But in the final 60km, three more escapees joined up with the breakaway, whose advantage was down to one minute, and gave it added impetus.

However, the punchers' teams weren't prepared to give them any leeway and Frenchman Lilian Calmejane, the last man standing, was caught with 10km to ride.

From then on, it was up to the specialist punchers and Sagan, once again, proved the strongest.

He also closed in on the green points jersey, still held by Sunday's stage two winner Marcel Kittel of Germany, which Sagan has won in each of the last five years.

Results from the 3th stage of Tour de France, a 212.5km ride from Verviers to Longwy on Monday:

1. Peter Sagan (SVK/BOR) 212.5 km in 5h 07min 19sec (average: 41,5 km/h)

2. Michael Matthews (AUS/SUN) at 0:00.

3. Daniel Martin (IRL/QST) 0:00.

4. Greg Van Avermaet (BEL/BMC) 0:00.

5. Alberto Bettiol (ITA/CAN) 0:02.

6. Arnaud Dmare (FRA/FDJ) 0:02.

7. Jakob Diemer Fuglsang (DEN/AST) 0:02.

8. Geraint Thomas (GBR/SKY) 0:02.

9. Christopher Froome (GBR/SKY) 0:02.

10. Rafal Majka (POL/BOR) 0:02.

11. Nairo Quintana (COL/MOV) 0:02.

12. Romain Bardet (FRA/ALM) 0:02.

13. Tim Wellens (BEL/LOT) 0:02.

14. Richie Porte (AUS/BMC) 0:02.

15. Tiesj Benoot (BEL/LOT) 0:02.

16. Guillaume Martin (FRA/AJW) 0:02.

17. Fabio Aru (ITA/AST) 0:02.

18. Alberto Contador (ESP/TRE) 0:02.

19. Rigoberto Uran (COL/CAN) 0:02.

20. Esteban Chaves (COL/ORI) 0:02.

21. Pierre-Roger Latour (FRA/ALM) 0:02.

22. Philippe Gilbert (BEL/QST) 0:02.

23. Carlos Betancour (COL/MOV) 0:02.

24. Louis Meintjies (RSA/EAU) 0:02.

25. Roman Kreuziger (CZE/ORI) 0:02.

26. Mikel Landa (ESP/SKY) 0:02.

27. Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR/DDT) 0:02.

28. Emanuel Buchmann (GER/BOR) 0:02.

29. Diego Ulissi (ITA/EAU) 0:02.

30. Simon Clarke (AUS/CAN) 0:10.

31. Alexis Vuillermoz (FRA/ALM) 0:10.

32. Jos Herrada Lopez (ESP/MOV) 0:10.

33. Alexey Lutsenko (KAZ/AST) 0:10.

34. Simon Yates (GBR/ORI) 0:10.

35. Sergio Henao (COL/SKY) 0:10.

36. Serge Pauwels (BEL/DDT) 0:10.

37. Mathias Frank (SWI/ALM) 0:10.

38. Rudy Molard (FRA/FDJ) 0:10.

39. Elie Gesbert (FRA/FVC) 0:15.

40. Warren Barguil (FRA/SUN) 0:15.

41. Sylvain Chavanel (FRA/DEN) 0:19.

42. Michal Kwiatkowski (POL/SKY) 0:19.

43. Brice Feillu (FRA/FVC) 0:20.

44. George Bennett (NZL/LNL) 0:20.

45. Jan Bakelants (BEL/ALM) 0:20.

46. Simon Geschke (GER/SUN) 0:20.

47. Nikias Arndt (GER/SUN) 0:20.

48. Andrew Talansky (USA/CAN) 0:25.

49. Nicolas Roche (IRL/BMC) 0:25.

50. Maxime Bouet (FRA/FVC) 0:25.

51. Michael Albasini (SWI/ORI) 0:28.

52. Zdenek Stybar (CZE/QST) 0:28.

53. Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA/DDT) 0:28.

54. Tiago Machado (POR/KAT) 0:28.

55. Daryl Impey (RSA/ORI) 0:28.

56. Daniel Navarro (ESP/COF) 0:28.

57. Stefan Kung (SWI/BMC) 0:35.

58. Thomas Degand (BEL/AJW) 0:35.

59. Mikel Nieve (ESP/SKY) 0:35.

60. Angelo Tulik (FRA/DEN) 0:35.

61. Sonny Colbrelli (ITA/BAH) 0:39.

62. Grega Bole (SLO/BAH) 0:51.

63. Robert Kiserlovski (CRO/KAT) 0:58.

64. Pieter Vanspeybrouck (BEL/AJW) 0:58.

65. John Degenkolb (GER/TRE) 1:05.

66. Nicolas Edet (FRA/COF) 1:05.

67. Julien Simon (FRA/COF) 1:05.

68. Damiano Caruso (ITA/BMC) 1:05.

69. Jarlinson Pantano (COL/TRE) 1:05.

70. Eduardo Sepulveda (ARG/FVC) 1:05.

71. Michael Andersen (DEN/AST) 1:05.

72. Scott Thwaites (GBR/DDT) 1:29.

73. Lilian Calmejane (FRA/DEN) 1:37.

74. Vasil Kiryienka (BLR/SKY) 1:37.

75. Jay McCarthy (AUS/BOR) 1:37.

76. Oliver Naesen (BEL/ALM) 1:37.

77. Manuele Mori (ITA/EAU) 1:37.

78. Dion Smith (NZL/AJW) 1:37.

79. Paul Martens (GER/LNL) 1:37.

80. Yukiya Arashiro (JPN/BAH) 1:37.

81. Marco Marcato (ITA/EAU) 1:37.

82. Alexander Kristoff (NOR/KAT) 1:42.

83. Patrick Bevin (NZL/CAN) 1:49.

84. Rick Zabel (GER/KAT) 1:49.

85. Marco Minnaard (NED/AJW) 1:49.

86. Janez Brajkovic (SLO/BAH) 1:49.

87. Ondrej Cink (CZE/BAH) 1:49.

88. Haimar Zubeldia (ESP/TRE) 1:49.

89. Pawel Poljanski (POL/BOR) 1:49.

90. Primoz Roglic (SLO/LNL) 1:49.

91. Adrien Petit (FRA/DEN) 1:49.

92. Andriy Grivko (UKR/AST) 1:49.

93. Ben Gastauer (LUX/ALM) 1:49.

94. Jens Keukeleire (BEL/ORI) 1:49.

95. Danilo Wyss (SWI/BMC) 1:49.

96. Maurits Lammertink (NED/KAT) 1:49.

97. Lars Ytting Bak (DEN/LOT) 1:49.

98. Damien Howson (AUS/ORI) 1:49.

99. Cyril Gautier (FRA/ALM) 1:49.

100. Florian Vachon (FRA/FVC) 1:49.

101. Jos van Emden (NED/LNL) 1:49.

102. Fabio Felline (ITA/TRE) 1:49.

103. Ben Swift (GBR/EAU) 1:49.

104. Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (BEL/AJW) 1:49.

105. Jrgen Roelandts (BEL/LOT) 1:49.

106. Andrea Pasqualon (ITA/AJW) 1:49.

107. Koen de Kort (NED/TRE) 1:49.

108. Romain Hardy (FRA/FVC) 1:49.

109. Tsgabu Grmay (ETH/BAH) 1:49.

110. Arthur Vichot (FRA/FDJ) 1:49.

111. Mike Teunissen (NED/SUN) 1:49.

112. Jack Bauer (NZL/QST) 2:05.

113. Matteo Trentin (ITA/QST) 2:05.

114. Bauke Mollema (NED/TRE) 2:36.

115. Fabio Sabatini (ITA/QST) 2:52.

116. Daniele Bennati (ITA/MOV) 2:52.

117. Jonathan Castroviejo (ESP/MOV) 2:52.

118. Ignatas Konovalovas (LTU/FDJ) 2:52.

119. Imanol Erviti (ESP/MOV) 2:52.

120. Audrey Amador (CRC/MOV) 2:52.

121. Kristijan Durasek (CRO/EAU) 2:52.

122. Bernhard Eisel (AUT/DDT) 2:52.

123. Andr Greipel (GER/LOT) 2:52.

124. Vegard Laengen (NOR/EAU) 2:52.

125. Pierre-Luc Perichon (FRA/FVC) 2:52.

126. Daniel McLay (GBR/FVC) 2:52.

127. Timo Roosen (NED/LNL) 2:52.

128. Marcel Kittel (GER/QST) 2:52.

129. Ramon Sinkeldam (NED/SUN) 2:52.

130. Tony Martin (GER/KAT) 2:52.

131. Laurent Pichon (FRA/FVC) 2:52.

132. Perrig Quemeneur (FRA/DEN) 2:52.

133. Yohann Gene (FRA/DEN) 2:52.

134. Thomas Voeckler (FRA/DEN) 2:52.

135. Roy Curvers (NED/SUN) 2:52.

136. Maciej Bodnar (POL/BOR) 2:52.

137. Laurens ten Dam (NED/SUN) 2:52.

138. Dario Cataldo (ITA/AST) 2:52.

139. Yoann Offredo (FRA/AJW) 2:52.

140. Luis ngel Mat (ESP/COF) 3:02.

141. Nacer Bouhanni (FRA/COF) 3:02.

142. Dimitri Claeys (BEL/COF) 3:02.

143. Markel Irizar (ESP/TRE) 3:02.

144. Michael Schr (SWI/BMC) 3:02.

145. Darwin Atapuma (COL/EAU) 3:02.

146. Andrej Zeits (KAZ/AST) 3:02.

147. Florian Snchal (FRA/COF) 3:02.

148. Dmitriy Gruzdev (KAZ/AST) 3:02.

149. Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev (KAZ/AST) 3:07.

150. Thibaut Pinot (FRA/FDJ) 3:07.

151. Dylan Groenewegen (NED/LNL) 3:07.

152. Matthew Hayman (AUS/ORI) 3:12.

153. Tylan van Baarle (NED/CAN) 3:16.

154. Robert Gesink (NED/LNL) 3:16.

155. Matteo Bono (ITA/EAU) 3:16.

156. Marcel Sieberg (GER/LOT) 3:16.

157. Christian Knees (GER/SKY) 3:24.

158. Nils Politt (GER/KAT) 3:26.

159. Marcus Burghardt (GER/BOR) 3:26.

160. Robert Wagner (GER/LNL) 3:26.

161. Jaco Venter (RSA/DDT) 3:26.

162. Reto Hollenstein (SWI/KAT) 3:26.

163. Amal Moinard (FRA/BMC) 3:46.

164. Mickael Delage (FRA/FDJ) 3:49.

165. Christophe Laporte (FRA/COF) 3:49.

166. Luke Rowe (GBR/SKY) 3:53.

167. Stephen Cummings (GBR/DDT) 3:53.

168. Taylor Phinney (USA/CAN) 3:53.

169. Pierre Rolland (FRA/CAN) 3:53.

170. Gianluca Brambilla (ITA/QST) 3:58.

171. Mark Cavendish (GBR/DDT) 3:58.

172. Cyril Lemoine (FRA/COF) 4:06.

173. Javier Moreno (ESP/BAH) 4:14.

174. Tony Gallopin (FRA/LOT) 4:14.

175. Axel Domont (FRA/ALM) 4:14.

176. Alessandro De Marchi (ITA/BMC) 4:19.

177. Davide Cimolai (ITA/FDJ) 4:26.

178. Jacopo Guarnieri (ITA/FDJ) 4:26.

179. Thomas Boudat (FRA/DEN) 4:46.

180. Mark Renshaw (AUS/DDT) 5:28.

181. Marco Haller (AUT/KAT) 5:42.

182. Thomas De Gendt (BEL/LOT) 5:42.

183. Michael Gogl (AUT/TRE) 6:23.

184. Tom Leezer (NED/LNL) 9:28.

185. Borut Bozic (SLO/BAH) 9:28.

186. Albert Timmer (NED/SUN) 11:46.

187. Adam Hansen (AUS/LOT) 11:46.

188. Romain Sicard (FRA/DEN) 11:54.

189. Nathan Brown (USA/CAN) 11:54.

190. Frederik Backaert (BEL/AJW) 11:54.

191. Jasha Stterlin (GER/MOV) 12:29.

192. Juraj Sagan (SVK/BOR) 12:29.

193. Rdiger Selig (GER/BOR) 12:29.

194. Julien Vermote (BEL/QST) 12:29.

195. Olivier Le Gac (FRA/FDJ) 24:10.


Read more on:    tour de france  |  peter sagan  |  cycling
NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Standings

Vote

What do you enjoy most about the Tour de France?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The Proteas are currently on tour in England, involved in a four-Test series with their hosts. How will they fare? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.