Peter Sagan (TotalEnergies) launched an early sprint on stage three of the Tour de Suisse to take his first victory in nine months.
Heading into the final kilometre, the Slovakian had worked his way into prime position a couple of riders behind the front of the race. Andrea Pasqualon (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux) started leading his teammate Alexander Kristoff to the line, but Sagan started his sprint early and managed to hold on to the race win with his superior power in the closing stages.
Tom Pidcock (Ineos Grenadiers) tried his best to follow the TotalEnergies rider, but just didn’t have the strength to close the gap to Sagan as he crossed the line in fourth place. Kristoff came third, while Bryan Coquard (Cofidis) stole second place on the line. Both Kristoff and Pidcock congratulated Sagan for winning the race immediately post-stage, his first at the team.
Meanwhile, Stephen Williams (Bahrain-Victorious) remains in control of the Tour de Suisse leader’s jersey after stage three. The Welshman’s lead on GC is at six seconds over Andreas Kron (Lotto Soudal). HOW IT HAPPENED
Bahrain-Victorious rider Stephen Williams entered the third day of the Tour de Suisse wearing the leader’s jersey, and told Cycling Weekly before the race that every day he manages to hold onto it is "a bonus", after his stage win on the first day.
The Welshman needed to contend with a punchy stage from Aesch to Grenchen, covering just under 180km with the rest of the peloton in the Jura hills.
The first attack of […]