Tour de Suisse – Stage 3 – Sagan Bookends.

Peter Sagan won again at the Tour de Suisse again in the sprint, showing that if the finish is flat, he’s the man to beat. I am seriously quite excited by the potential of a massive dual at the Tour de France between Sagan and Cavendish.

I’ve missed Sunday’s racing in which Bradley Wiggins easily preserved his Dauphine win and Rui Costa from Movistar won on Verbier to take the leader’s jersey at the Tour de Suisse. In today’s racing there was much uncertainty if the break would succeed as it was helped by a level crossing and a train. The break and half the peloton got through and because the other half was held up by the train, the commissionaire stopped the front of the peloton, but not the break. This resulted in a lead for the break of over 7 minutes and a very uncertain peloton uncommitted to the chase.

However, with a couple of categorized climbs, the peloton brought them back and that set up the sprint, in which, even on the wet surface, even having to pull out a foot in the second to last corner, it was all too easy for Sagan as he racked up his second win of the race.

Stage 3 Top Five
1. Peter Sagan (LIQ)______4h35’32”
2. Baden Cooke (OGN)
3. Ben Swift (SKY)
4. Jacopo Guarnieri (AST)_+3″
5. Allan Davis (OGN)

Overall Classification
1. Rui Costa (MOV)_______11h06’57”
2. Frank Schleck (RNT)___+8″
3. Roman Kreuziger (AST)_+15″
4. Thibault Pinot (FDJ)____+19″
5. Nicolas Roche (ALM)___+21″

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