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by Neal Rogers
July 4, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Sagan pulls foot from pedal in sprint, still wins Stage 3 of Tour de France; Jolien D’hoore takes Stage 4 sprint at Giro Rosa; Viviani wins Stage 1 at Tour of Austria as Vanmarcke moves into race lead; McCabe, Allar take US national criterium championship titles; Van Avermaet and Porte aggressive, but BMC Racing empty handed after Stage 3; Esteban Chaves hit by tragic news from Colombia; Dan Martin pleased with Stage 3 podium finish, GC situation at Tour de France; Peter Sagan becomes C40 Goodwill Ambassador for Biking Cities; Izagirre recovering in Germany after surgery on lumbar vertebrae; Video: GoPro’s Tour de France Stage 3 highlights.
Irishman Dan Martin was pleased to finish third on Stage 3 of the Tour de France Monday, taking four seconds of bonus time plus a two-second split ahead of the rest of the GC contenders. The Quick-Step Floors rider’s effort in Longwy moved him up to 15th place in the overall rankings.
“The best way not to lose time is to go for the stage win,” Martin said.”That’s what I tried today and I’m really happy with how it went. I found the first part of the climb not so hard, but things changed once Richie attacked and lined out the peloton. The sprint was very long and I knew it was very important to bide your time. So I sat on Matthews’ wheel and launched my sprint when I sensed everybody was in the red. I never thought I would sprint against those guys, so to get this result at the end of such a hard day makes me very happy and confident. A big shout out to my teammates, who did everything to bring me in the best position for this finish.”