ROME, March 14, 2014 (AFP) – Slovakian Peter Sagan produced a late burst of
power to claim victory in the third stage of Tirreno-Adriatico, with Michal
Kwiatkowski taking the overall lead from Mark Cavenish on Friday.
Sagan, of the Cannondale team, finished several bike lengths ahe
ad of Kwiatkowski and Australian Simon Clarke on a slightly uphill finish in Arezzo
after 210 km of racing from Cascina.
Pole Kwiatkowski, of Omega-Pharma, now leads Colombian teammate Rigoberto
Uran in the overall standings by 10sec with Orica-GreenEdge rider Clarke third
Belgian classics specialist Philippe Gilbert (BMC) had been in contention
for the stage win but failed to follow Sagan’s final acceleration and
eventually finished fourth.
Results from the third stage of the Italian
stage race Tirreno-Adriatico, a 210km ride from Cascina to Arezzo on Friday:
1. Peter Sagan (SVK) Cannondale 5hr 10min 17sec, 2. Michal Kwiatkowski
(POL) same time, 3. Simon Clarke (AUS) s.t., 4. Philippe Gilbert (BEL) s.t.,
5. Daryl Impey (RSA) s.t., 6. Daniele Bennati (ITA) s.t., 7. Andre Greipel
(GER) s.t., 8. Simon Geschke (GER) s.t., 9. Rinaldo Nocentini (ITA) at 4secs,
10. Lloyd Mondory (FRA) s.t.
Selected: 11. Rigoberto Uran (COL) s.t., 12. Arnaud Demare (FRA) 6
1. Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma 9hr 26min 36sec, 2. Rigoberto Uran
(COL) at 10sec, 3. Simon Clarke (AUS) 13, 4. Tony Martin (GER) 15, 5. Daryl
Impey (RSA) 17, 6. Peter Sagan (SVK) 22, 7. Andre Greipel (GER) 30, 8. Daniele
Bennati (ITA) s.t., 9. Luke Durbridge (AUS) 31, 10. Cameron Meyer (AUS) s.t.
Selected: 11. Alberto Contador (ESP) 36, 12. Nairo Quintana (COL) 38, 16.
Richie Porte (AUS) 39, 36. Cadel Evans (AUS) 59