Sagan wins Tirreno-Adriatico stage

Rome - Slovakian Peter Sagan produced a late burst of power to claim victory in the third stage of Tirreno-Adriatico, with Michal Kwiatkowski taking the overall lead from Mark Cavenish on Friday.

Sagan, of the Cannondale team, finished several bike lengths ahead of Kwiatkowski and Australian Simon Clarke on a slightly uphill finish in Arezzo after 210 km of racing from Cascina.

Peter Sagan of Slovakia. Credit: Reuters

Pole Kwiatkowski, of Omega-Pharma, now leads Colombian teammate Rigoberto Uran in the overall standings by 10 seconds with Orica-GreenEdge rider Clarke third at 13.

Belgian classics specialist Philippe Gilbert (BMC) had been in contention for the stage win but failed to follow Sagan's final acceleration and eventually finished fourth. - Sapa-AFP

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