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Second Stage Win for Peter Sagan, 11. June 2012

Slovakian rider Peter Sagan has won the 3rd stage of the Tour de Suisse from Martigny to Aarberg (195 km) and celebrated his second victory after winning the time trial last Saturday. 

Slovakian rider Peter Sagan has won the 3rd stage of the Tour de Suisse from Martigny to Aarberg (195 km) and celebrated his second victory after winning the time trial last Saturday.  The most prominent feature today was a breakaway group of three riders that led the race for most of the route and was only caught up with and overtaken just before the finish line.

Second Tour de Suisse Stage Win for Peter Sagan in 2012

Slovakian rider Peter Sagan has won the 3rd stage of the Tour de Suisse from Martigny to Aarberg (195 km) and celebrated his second victory after winning the time trial last Saturday. The most prominent feature today was a breakaway group of three riders that led the race for most of the route and was only caught up with and overtaken just before the finish line.

In the penultimate bend of this stage, Sagan almost crashed. But the rider from Slovakia saved himself miraculously, got back onto the pedals and sprinted past leader Baden Cooke on the last few meters. Cooke?s teammate Michael Albasini had set up the final sprint for his colleague in the narrow lanes of Aarberg?s old town, but Sagan turned out to be the rider with the stronger finish.

No Changes in the Overall Rankings

Sagan is in magnificent shape and already won the prologue of the Tour de Suisse, a time trial race in Lugano, last Saturday. Today?s victory was the tenth win of the current season for the 22 year old - amongst others, Sagan was the dominator of the Tour of California with five stage wins. Today?s results had no impact on the overall tour rankings - Portuguese rider Rui Costa is still leading 8 seconds ahead of Frank Schleck (Lux).

The final sprint of today?s 3rd stage from Martigny to Aarberg (194,7 km) was the highlight of a very exciting and gripping day. 55 km before the finish line, the railway-crossing gates closed just before the peloton was about to cross the tracks. 14 riders, among them overall leader Rui Costa, sneaked past underneath the barrier, but the rest of the peloton had to wait until the train had gone past. After some discussions, the race judges decided to stop the 14 riders and to make them wait for the remaining riders of the peloton.

Three Riders with the Better End

This mishap was responsible for the fact that the three leading riders Michael Morkov (Den), Guillaume Bonnafond (Fr) and Jonas van Genechten (Be), who had been in front for 188 km, won about 2 minutes and were able to increase their advantage to eight and a half minutes. But even so they did not manage to defend this advantage until the finish line. During the final kilometer of the stage, Morkov and Bonnafond were overtaking by the peloton.

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