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Sagan wins 3rd Vuelta stage, Chaves remains leader

Peter Sagan wins 3rd stage of Spanish Vuelta with sprint, Chaves remains leader

Sagan wins 3rd Vuelta stage, Chaves remains leader

MALAGA, Spain (AP) -- After two convulsive days that saw former Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali thrown out and a time trial deemed dangerous, Peter Sagan helped establish a sense of normality to the Spanish Vuelta after winning its third stage on Monday.

The Slovak rider for Tinkoff-Saxo won a sprint to the line of the 158.4-kilometer (98.4-mile) ride from Mijas to Malaga.

Colombian Esteban Chaves kept the red leader's jersey, while favorite Chris Froome remained in seventh place at 40 seconds back.

The stage started with an escape group of eight riders, but Sagan's team set a hard pace for the peloton to swallow up the last one 14 kilometers (8.6 miles) left and position him for the win, where he edged Nacer Bouhanni by a wheel.

Updated : 2021-09-19 20:19 GMT+08:00