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Tour de France 2017: Sagan wins third stage while Thomas keeps the first place

Peter Sagan


World Champion Peter Sagan was the one to take the lead on the third, uphill sprint stage of the Tour de France. On the other hand, Britain’s rider, Thomas, retained the overall lead keeping his yellow jersey.


Sagan’s performance was remarkable good throughout all the yesterday’s race but he was only able to take the victory on the last 300 meters when he sprinted to the finish line overpassing some of the best riders that were already ahead him.


During an interview, immediately after stage three, Thomas added: “There were no crashes, which were good, but it was a really hectic final. I’m happy to get through unscathed.”


Right after Sagan’s sprint came Geraint Thomas who crossed the finish line two seconds later and then, defending champion Froome came third.


Sagan’s style


Even though there were a dozen other riders who could have potentially won the third yesterday’s stage, none of them showed enough effort when on the last segment of the stage like Sagan did. His poise and persistence during the last 300 meters gave him a well-deserved stage victory.


Sagan, when asked to give an opinion regarding the stage results, admitted the last part of it to be a strange finale. “Richie Porte went hard in the last 700-800m. I tried to catch him but when I caught him I saw how much was left, 400m. I said ‘no, it’s too much’, so I relaxed a bit before going again.”- added Sagan.




Final results of  stage 3:


Peter Sagan (Svk/Bora) 5hrs 07mins 19 seconds

Michael Matthews (Aus/Team Sunweb) Same time

Dan Martin (Ire/Quick-Step Floors)

Greg van Avermaet (Bel/BMC Racing)

Alberto Bettiol (Ita/Cannondale-Drapac) +02 seconds

Arnaud Demare (Fra/FDJ) Same time

Jakob Fuglsang (Den/Astana)

Geraint Thomas (GB/Team Sky)

Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky)

Rafal Majka (Pol/ Bora)


General classification until now:


Geraint Thomas (GB/Team Sky) 10hrs 00mins 31 seconds

Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky) +12seconds

Michael Matthews (Aus/Team Sunweb) Same time

Peter Sagan (Svk/Bora) +13 seconds

Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor/Dimension Data) +16 seconds

Pierre Latour (Fra/AG2R) +25 seconds

Philippe Gilbert (Bel/Quick-Step) +30 seconds

Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol/Team Sky) +32 seconds

Tim Wellens (Bel/Lotto) Same time

Nikias Arndt (Ger/Team Sunweb) +34 seconds



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