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Sagan wins Tirreno stage, Kwiatkowski takes lead

Sagan shows off uphill sprinting skills to win 3rd stage of Tirreno; Kwiatkowski takes lead

The pack rides through the countryside during the second stage of the Tirreno Adriatico cycling race from San Vincenzo to Cascina, Italy, Thursday, Ma...

Italy Cycling Tirreno Adriatico

The pack rides through the countryside during the second stage of the Tirreno Adriatico cycling race from San Vincenzo to Cascina, Italy, Thursday, Ma...

AREZZO, Italy (AP) -- Peter Sagan showed off his uphill sprinting skills to win the third stage of the weeklong Tirreno-Adriatico race Friday, and Michal Kwiatkowski took the overall lead.

Former world champion Philippe Gilbert had the lead until Sagan surged ahead of him and a handful of other riders about 25 meters (yards) before the line.

Sagan, a Slovak who rides for the Cannondale team, won in 5 hours, 10 minutes, 17 seconds on the 212-kilometer (132-mile) leg from Cascina to the Tuscan town of Arezzo.

The last 900 meters (yards) of the route featured a 5 percent gradient.

Kwiatkowski, a Pole with Omega Pharma-Quick Step, finished second and Simon Clarke of Australia was third, both with the same time as Sagan.

Kwiatkowski took a 10-second lead over Colombian teammate Rigoberto Uran.


Updated : 2021-07-26 07:36 GMT+08:00