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Gavazzi wins 3rd stage of Tour of Beijing

Gavazzi wins 3rd stage of Tour of Beijing

Francesco Gavazzi used a late surge to win the third stage of the Tour of Beijing on Thursday, edging Daniel Martin and Edvald Boasson Hagen.
Defending champion Tony Martin still maintains a big lead over Gavazzi. The Omega Pharma-QuickStep rider, who took the lead after the second stage, is 40 seconds clear of Gavazzi in the five-stage race.
Hagen appeared to have the stage in hand when he made a break with three kilometers to go, but the World Road Championship silver medalist got tied up, allowing Gavazzi and Martin to beat him to the line in an uphill sprint finish.
Gavazzi won the 162.5-kilometer stage in 4 hours, 5 minutes, 8 seconds for his first stage victory. He finished second on Wednesday.
"When Boasson Hagen attacked I thought it was over because this style of finish perfectly suits him," Gavazzi said. "I just stayed on the wheels: to wait was the single thing I could do. I felt I could win and I needed to break the ice."
Gavazzi gained 10 seconds on Tony Martin but the German said he was happy with his performance.
"I knew it was going to be a difficult day and I'd lose some time," Martin said. "I only lost 10 seconds, which is a bonus. I feel I am in a stronger position to retain the leader's jersey to the finish after today's stage than I was yesterday. I had great support from my team since the numerous attacks from the start."
Andy Schleck, the Luxembourg rider with RadioShack-Nissan, finished 132nd and nearly 16 minutes behind Gavazzi after being involved in a minor crash before the race started. His front wheel touched a stone on the road as he left his hotel, causing him to fall and cut his forearm.