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Sagan holds off Matthews to win stage three at the Tour de France

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Peter Sagan tour de france 2017

World champion Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe) won the third stage of the Tour de France, a 212.5-km ride from Verviers in Belgium.

Even though he ejected from his right pedal in the midst of the sprint, Peter Sagan pulled off a stage victory in the Tour de France Monday. Bora-Hansgrohe’s world champion kept his cool, clipped back in and finished the sprint, holding off Michael Matthews. The Sunweb rider was closing fast and passed Olympic champ Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) in the last 100 meters.

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.

Geraint Thomas kept the yellow jersey. However, BMC’s Richie Porte was sure to test his rivals on the final climb, accelerating up the steep hill to the finish in Longwy, France.


Tour de France 2017 – stage 3 results (Verviers – Longwy):

1 Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe)

5:07:19

2 Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb)

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3 Daniel Martin (Quick-Step Floors)

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4 Greg Van Avermaet (BMC)

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5 Alberto Bettiol (Cannondale-Drapac)

+02”

6 Arnaud Demare (FDJ)

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7 Jakob Fuglsang (Astana)

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8 Geraint Thomas (Team Sky)

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9 Chris Froome (Team Sky)

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10 Rafal Majka (Bora-hansgrohe)

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11 Nairo Quintana (Movistar)

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12 Romain Bardet (AG2R)

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13 Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal)

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14 Richie Porte (BMC)

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15 Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal)

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16 Guillaume Martin (Wanty – Groupe Gobert))

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17 Fabio Aru (Astana)

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18 Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo)

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19 Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac)

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20 Esteban Chaves (Orica-Scott)

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General classification after stage 3:

1 Geraint Thomas (Team Sky)

10:00:31

2 Chris Froome (Team Sky)

+12”

3 Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb)

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4 Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe)

+13”

5 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data)

+16”

6 Pierre Latour (AG2R)

+25”

7 Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors)

+30”

8 Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky)

+32”

9 Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal)

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10 Nikias Arndt (Team Sunweb)

+34”

11 Alexey Lutsenko (Astana)

+37”

12 Stefan Küng (BMC)

+38”

13 Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-hansgrohe)

+40”

14 Greg Van Avermaet (BMC)

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15 Daniel Martin (Quick-Step Floors)

+43”

16 Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates)

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17 Arnaud Demare (FDJ)

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18 Simon Yates (Orica-Scott)

+45”

19 Daryl Impey (Orica-Scott)

+46”

20 Richie Porte (BMC)

+47”

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