Peter Sagan closes in on Tour Down Under lead with stage 3 win

Peter Sagan Luis Leon Sanchez Tour Down Under 2019 stage 4

Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe) held off Luis Leon Sanchez  (Astana) and Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) to win stage three and close in on the overall lead of Tour Down Under.

The Bora-Hansgrohe rider repeated his victory in last year’s corresponding stage in Uraidla, edging out Sanchez on the line in the 146.2-kilometre leg through the Adelaide Hills in South Australia.

Sagan closed to within one point of overall tour leader Patrick Bevin (CCC).

Sagan said his experience racing on the same roads last year helped him in the closing stages.

“I won by a little bit but I won and I am very happy with that,” he said.

“On the last climb, I said, ‘It’s going to be the same as last year again.’ In the end it was like copy paper.

“My Bora-Hansgrohe team worked hard to keep me on the front and take care of me. In the end I had a lot of energy for the last lap and it was really under control.”

Sanchez is in third place overall a further nine seconds behind, with Michael Storer fourth (10 seconds) and defending champion Impey fifth (11 seconds).

Tour Down Under 2019 – stage 4 results (Lobethal – Uraidla):

1 Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe)


2 Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana)


3 Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott)


4 Danny van Poppel (Jumbo-Visma)


5 Patrick Bevin (CCC)


6 Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates)


7 Ruben Guerreiro (Katusha-Alpecin)


8 Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates)


9 Chris Hamilton (Team Sunweb)


10 Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida)



Tour Down Under 2019 – general classification after stage 3:

1 Patrick Bevin (CCC)


2 Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe)


3 Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana)


4 Michael Storer (Team Sunweb)


5 Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott)


6 Danny van Poppel (Jumbo-Visma)


7 Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates)


8 Ryan Gibbons (Dimension Data)


9 Chris Hamilton (Team Sunweb)


10 George Bennett (Jumbo-Visma)



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