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Sagan takes Tour of Switzerland stage, Martin holds lead

Last Updated: Monday, June 16, 2014 - 23:19

Peter Sagan of Slovakia won the third stage of the Tour of Switzerland on Monday, as Germany`s Tony Martin retained the leader`s yellow jersey.

Sagan, riding for Canondale, crossed the line first in a sprint finish at the end of the 202.9km stage from Sarnen to Heiden, ahead of Swiss rider Michael Albasini and Colombia`s Sergio Henao. 

Australia`s 2011 Tour de France winner Cadel Evans and Portugal`s two-time defending champion Rui Costa, came home fifth and seventh respectively, as part of an 11-man group that gained five seconds on a second large pack which included Martin.

Luxembourg`s Frank Schleck, the older brother of 2010 Tour de France champion Andy, failed to make the start line on Monday after crashing badly during Sunday`s stage and suffering serious concussion. 

Britain`s Bradley Wiggins, the 2012 Tour de France champion, had a day to forget as he could only muster 74th spot on the stage, a significent 2min 25secs slower than Sagan and his main rivals for the overall title. 

His team Sky have yet to confirm whether Wiggins will ride this year`s Tour with defending champion Chris Froome of Britain expected to lead the team. 

The Kenyan-born Froome suffered a painful crash in last Friday`s sixth stage of the Criterium du Dauphine and although he reached the finish line on Sunday, he was obviously feeling the effects of his injuries slumping to a 12th place finish. 

American Andrew Talansky won the Dauphine race, 27secs ahead of Spaniard Alberto Contador. 

Tuesday`s Tour of Switzerland fourth stage will be a 160km ride from Heiden to Ossingen and features two minor category four climbs, the second of which peaks 15km from home. 

First Published: Monday, June 16, 2014 - 23:19

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