Triple world champion Peter Sagan has on day three of the Tour Down Under (Aus/WorldTour) to his first victory of the season booked. The Slovaak of Bora – Hansgrohe was Thursday like last year, the fastest of a thinned peloton in the streets of Uraidla. The New Zealander Patrick Bevin (CCC Team) continues to lead.
The zero is a way for Peter Sagan. Just like last year, won the meanwhile, triple ex-world champion in Uraidla the sprint of a group of 37 riders. The third stage was with more than 3.300 vertical meters a variant of a small Amstel Gold Race.
Viviani picks up points along the way
The third stage of the Santos Tour Down Under between Lobethal and Uraidla was 146 miles long, and almost no metres of it was right. The majority of the distance was in fact on a local circuit is completed. A large part of the stage was coloured by a flight of seven. Most striking name and it was the Italian rider Elia Viviani (Deceuninck – Quick-Step), that both intermediate sprints as meepikte in the battle for the points classification.
The 3.300 metres of altitude that the riders on the road had to overcome, took their toll. At the start of the last twenty kilometres was the peloton, already considerably thinned out by the kopwerk of Team Sky and the CCC Team, and was James Whelan (EF Education First), the only one of the early escapees that are still ahead of reed, together with his team-mate Alberto Bettiol that the crossing had been made. But their attempt failed, just like an ultimate attack of their teammate Michael Woods.
So was the sprinting blown for a stage win with a group of about fifty riders. The pure sprinters were not able to survive, Peter Sagan. In a typical sprint downhill, he could smooth the early onset of the overall winner of last year, the South African Daryl Impey, accelerated. Sagan picked up, for the second year in a row, his first seizoenszege in Uraidla, for the nose of Spaniard Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) and Impey (Mitchelton – Scott).
Bevin continues to sip leader
Patrick Bevin finished fifth, and that was enough for an extra day in the leader’s jersey. The New Zealand winner of stage two still has a one second lead over Sagan, who did all the jersey over from Viviani. Sanchez is third in the state in nine seconds. Only one of the six Belgians could survive in the first peloton: Dries Devenyns (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) was fifteenth, and is now seventeenth in the standings, fifteen seconds of Bevin.
“I still need to work hard for classics”
Sagan presents in Australia again, a new look, including a moustache and shorter hair. Customize it is, however, mainly on his shirt, because for the first time after three regenboogjaren in a row for he bears not the world CHAMPIONSHIP jersey, but that of Slovak champion. But to ambition, he has clearly not lost.
“Here I am very happy with it. With thanks to the team mates”, said Sagan, who admitted that the Spaniard hard came up. “It is proof that I still have to work hard before then to be ready for the spring classics.”
“After the last climb, I realized: this is the same turn out as last year, let me concentrate. And that’s what happened: it was almost a literal copy, is it?” That’s right completely: also last year ended up Daryl Impey and Luis Leon Sanchez in the top three in Uraidla, though it was in a different order. “It helped me be sure that I also last year had already won. In a final such as this, it is much better to already have experience,” said Sagan.
In the mode of the New Zealander Patrick Bevin of CCC is still one second ahead of Sagan, but Friday is basically a solid slope that might just be too heavy. “That ride is definitely not for me”, slide Sagan the pressure off. “I’m betting on Sanchez. He is very fast. Today, he came very close to me. We’ll see. With this victory the command has already completed. I stand in terms of victories as far as last year.”
There are three stages in the program of the Tour Down Under. The ride from Friday, between Unley and Campbelltown is 129 kilometres long. In the last ten kilometers should the peloton still a solid slope, who, no doubt, again for a hefty decline.
1. Peter Sagan (Slk/BOH) 3u46:06 (avg. 38.796993 km/h)
2. Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa/AST) z.t.
3. Daryl Impey (ZAf/MTS)
4. Danny van Poppel (Ned/TJV)
5. Patrick Bevin (Ur/CPT)
1. Patrick Bevin (Ur/CPT) 10u20:09 (avg. 38.439087 km/h)
2. Peter Sagan (Slk/BOH) at 0:01
3. Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa/AST) at 0:09
4. Michael Storer (Aus/SUN) 0:10
5. Daryl Impey (ZAf/MTS) 0:11
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