Tour de Suisse 2014 Stage 3: Sagan storms to victory
Peter Sagan lived up to his status as favourite with a powerful win in stage 3 of the Tour de Suisse. The Slovakian was clearly the strongest rider in the finale with Swiss rider Albasini finishing 2nd. (Slideshow route/profile)
Tour de Suisse 2014: Results 3rd stage
1. Peter Sagan (Svk)
2. Michael Albasini (Swi) s.t.
3. Sergio Henao (col) s.t.
4. Bauke Mollema (Nld) s.t.
5. Cadel Evans (aus) s.t.
6. José Joaquin Rojas (spa) s.t.
7. Rui Costa (por) s.t.
8. Thibaut Pinot (fra) s.t.
9. Mathias Frank (Swi) s.t.
10. Roman Kreuziger (Cze) s.t.
GC after 3rd stage
1. Tony Martin (Ger)
2. Tom Dumoulin (Nld) + 0.06
3. Peter Sagan (Svk) + 0.14
4. Bauke Mollema (Nld) + 0.17
5. Tom Jelte Slagter (Nld) + 0.23
6. Davide Formolo (ita) + 0.27
7. Ion Izagirre (spa) s.t.
8. Roman Kreuziger (Cze) + 0.28
9. Mathias Frank (Swi) + 0.29
10. Mattia Cattaneo (ita) s.t
Fränk Schleck fell during yesterday’s stage on the Grimsel Pass. His injuries forced him to abandon so a bunch of 170 rolled out of Sarnen.
Julian Kern was the first to attack, but it didn’t stick. In the village of Blatten, after 25 kilometres of racing, the break away took shape. Homerider Martin Kohler and Dutchman Steven Kruijswijk are off and their smooth cooperation gave them a 4’45” lead at 54 kilometres into the stage.
On the first category-2 climb, their gain came down to 2’52”. It picked up slightly but at the next climb they were reeled in. Nino Schurter then attacked with Laurent Didier accompanying him. Danilo Wyss and Bjorn Thurau then bridged somewhat later. Their gap never grew more than 1 minute, despite Agnoli and Van der Sande also joining the break.
Belgian rider Tosh Van der Sande was the last to be reeled with 8 kilometres left to race. The pace was high on the closing climb with a group of 30 taking shape, not including Bradley Wiggins who was dropped.
Cadel Evans gave everything with his trademark long distance sprint from 500 metres. Albassini came past however but he too was then easily taken over by a rampaging Sagan who timed his sprint to perfection.
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