Tour de France

World champ Sagan wins Tour de France third stage

2017-07-03 18:03
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Longwy - 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.

"At the end I did unclip, I don't know why. I was thinking 'whats going on?'.

"I was unlucky but I managed to go again and I won, I'm delighted."

Britain's Geraint Thomas finished eighth, two seconds behind the winner, and kept hold of the race leader's yellow jersey.

"There were no crashes, which was good, but it was a really hectic final," said Thomas.

"I'm happy to get through unscathed."

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.

The 50 points for winning also put him into contention to claim the sprinters' green jersey.

He has won that in each of the last five years, although he had only once before failed to claim the jersey by the third stage.

German Marcel Kittel still has that ahead of Tuesday's flat fourth stage that will favour pure sprinters.

American Nathan Brown, who was part of the day's breakaway, took enough points over the day's five climbs to snatch the polkadot king of the mountains jersey from his compatriot and team-mate Taylor Phinney.

There was a six-man breakaway but they were kept to a two-minute lead by an attentive peloton.

The last man standing, France's Liliane Calmejane, was caught with 10km left and then the punchers' teams took over pace-setting.

Australian Richie Porte seemed to make a long bid for home with 800m left but soon ran out of steam, at which point Sagan found himself in front.

"It was a strange finale, Richie went hard in the last 700-800 metres. I tried to catch him but when I caught him I saw how much was left, 400 metres," said Sagan.

"I said 'no, it's too much', so I relaxed a bit before going again."

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.

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