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by Shane Stokes
June 13, 2017
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Australia’s Michael Matthews was best on stage three of the Tour de Suisse on Monday, outsprinting world champion Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe) and others to the line, and taking the race lead in the process.
The Team Sunweb rider was led out by teammate Nikias Arndt inside the final 400 metres, then made his own move just inside 200 to go. He jumped from second wheel, while behind Sagan and John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) clashed shoulders in the battle for second.
“I wasn’t climbing so well today but it was enough to stay with the best,” said Matthews. “In the final I knew that I had Nikias and the other guys with me which gave me some extra motivation. I knew that he could do a huge pull in the final metres to make the situation perfect for me to take the win. It’s nice to get the win that I really wanted to get last year and it will be really good to have the leader’s jersey tomorrow.”
Earlier, the 159.3 kilometre stage was marked by a long range move by Elmar Reinders (Roompot – Nederlandse Loterij) and Lasse Norman Hansen (Aqua Blue Sport). They built a nine minute lead but were recouped 13 kilometres from the line.
Matthews’s time bonus for the win plus his fourth place in the prologue put him on top of the general classification, ten seconds clear of teammate Tom Dumoulin. Previous race leader Stefan Küng (BMC Racing Team) finished 19 seconds back.