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Mohoric claims third stage in Tour of Germany

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Matej Mohoric wins stage 2 Tour of Germany

Matej Mohoric (Bahrain-Merida) made amends for his narrow defeat 24 hours earlier by winning the third stage of the Tour of Germany to claim the overall lead on the penultimate day.

Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas was again well outside the first ten finishers, crossing the line at one minute, seven seconds back in 43rd.

Mohoric won the stage from Trier to Merzig, covering the 177 kilometres in a blanket finish with Nils Politt (Katusha-Alpecin) second and Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) third.

Having lost out on the line to Maximilian Schachmann in Friday’s photo finish in Trier, Mohoric made no mistake in Merzig by passing Politt in the final metres to take the stage and claim the red jersey as Tour leader.

Berlin-born Schachmann finished seventh and is now six seconds behind Mohoric in second overall.

Schachmann was hampered in the final stages as he swerved to avoid a crash involving several riders just before the finish.

“I had to slow things down, it was annoying at the moment, but it’s not over yet – it’s going to be a tough, tough fight (on Sunday),” Schachmann said. “I had a hard time keeping my position in the final straight and then the crash happened.”

The Tour de Germany, which is back after a ten-year hiatus, concludes on Sunday on the final stage from Lorsch to Stuttgart over 207.5km which has three climbs.

Tour of Germany 2018 – stage 3 resultsĀ (Trier – Merzig):

1Matej Mohoric (Bahrain-Merida)

4:12:28

2Nils Politt (Katusha-Alpecin)

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3Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Wanty-Groupe Gobert)

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4Jasha Sutterlin (Movistar)

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5Nick van der Lijke (Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij)

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6Vasil Kiryienka (Team Sky)

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7Maximilian Schachmann (Quick-Step Floors)

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8Guillaume Martin (Wanty-Groupe Gobert)

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9Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (Dimension Data)

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10Jurgen Roelandts (BMC)

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General classification after stage 3:

1Matej Mohoric (Bahrain-Merida)

12:37:56

2Maximilian Schachmann (Quick-Step Floors)

+06”

3Nils Politt (Katusha-Alpecin)

+10”

4Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb)

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5Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Wanty-Groupe Gobert)

+20”

6Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (Dimension Data)

+24”

7Damiano Caruso (BMC)

+25”

8Warren Barguil (Fortuneo-Samsic)

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9Frederik Backaert (Wanty-Groupe Gobert)

+26”

10Pieter Weening (Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij)

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