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Sagan wins crash-marred 3rd stage of Tour de France

07-04-2012 15:27 BJT

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The third stage of the 2012 Tour de France was a grueling 197-kilometre ride from Orchies to Boulogne-Sur-Mer with a number of crashes forcing the first of this year's retirees through injury.

Fabian Cancellara of RadioShack began the day with a seven-second overall lead. Defending champion Cadel Evans sitting in eighth place. But the focus of the day was hijacked by four major crashes marring the stage. With about 50 kilometers to go, several riders crashed on a slight turn. Sky's Kanstantsin Sivtsov became the first competitor to drop out this year with a broken left shin. He was taken straight to hospital for surgery.

Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey
eats while riding in the pack during the third stage of the Tour de France
cycling race over 197 kilometers (122.4 miles) with start in Orchies and
finish in Boulogne-sur-Mer, northern France, Tuesday July 3, 2012.

30 kilometers later, another crash sent riders flying off the shoulder of the road. Jose Joaquin Rojas of Movistar was taken to hospital with a broken collarbone. Rojas also drops out of the tour. In the last turn of a hilly ride, Peter Sagan of the Liquigas team surged to outclass the rest of the bunch and secure his second stage victory. The 22-year-old won the opening stage in Liege two days ago. Sagan suggesting that his team mates told him to celebrate like Forrest Gump if he crossed the line first - intimating that whenever he is told to win, he does.

Cancellara finished fourth to retain the leader's yellow jersey. The Swiss rider has a seven-second lead over race favorite Bradley Wiggins of Britain and Frenchman Sylvain Chavanel.

Peter Sagan of Slovakia crosses the finish line to win the third stage of the
Tour de France cycling race over 197 kilometers (122.4 miles) with start in
Orchies and finish in Boulogne-sur-Mer, northern France, Tuesday July 3, 2012.


Editor:Bai Yang |Source: CNTV.CN

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