Sagan wins third stage

Sagan wins third stage

World champion Peter Sagan won his eighth Tour de France stage despite a technical glitch on the uphill finish to the third stage in Longwy on Monday.

Sagan's foot came unclipped from his pedal as he started to accelerate at the finish, but he kept his calm and still proved too strong for the competition at the end of the 212.5km run from Verviers in Belgium.

Britain's Geraint Thomas was well placed in the finish to keep hold of the race leader's yellow jersey.

His team leader and reigning champion Chris Froome also finished amongst the front-runners and moved up from sixth to second, still at 12sec.

Australian Michael Matthews was second on the stage with Dan Martin of Ireland third, just ahead of Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet in fourth.
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