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Sagan wins Tour of Switzerland third stage, Williams in yellow

Sagan wins Tour of Switzerland third stage, Williams in yellow

PARIS: Experienced Slovakian sprinter Peter Sagan raced to victory in the third stage of the Tour of Switzerland on Tuesday with Welshman Stephen Williams holding…

Tuesday, Jun 14

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PARIS: Experienced Slovakian sprinter Peter Sagan raced to victory in the third stage of the Tour of Switzerland on Tuesday with Welshman Stephen Williams holding the overall race lead.
The 32-year-old Sagan, of the TotalEnergies team, came across the finish line ahead of France’s Bryan Coquard (Cofidis) and Norway’s Alexander Kristoff (Intermarches).
It was an 18th stage win on the Swiss tour for Sagan, a record seven-time winner of the Tour de France green jersey awarded to the rider who tops the points classification after consistent high finishes in stages and for winning intermediate sprints.
Bahrain Victorious’ Williams remained atop the general classification, 6sec ahead of Denmark’s Andreas Kron.
Norway’s Andreas Leknessund and former Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas are both a second further adrift after the 177km ride from Aesch to Grenchen that featured more than 3,000 metres of climbing over seven hills.
The eight-stage Tour of Switzerland is one of the final chances for riders to race before the Tour de France starts in Copenhagen on July 1.
Wednesday’s fourth stage is a 191km ride from Grenchen to Brunnen, the flattest of the Tour and best suited for sprinters, although the ascent over the Sattel offers a last opportunity for breakaways and mountain climbers to shake off the speed specialists.

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