Your Tuesday Daily News Digest

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.

Sagan pulls foot from pedal in sprint, still wins Stage 3 of Tour de France

by Neal Rogers

Even with a cleat pulled from the pedal in the final 300 metres, world champion Peter Sagan was able to hold off Michael Matthews and Dan Martin to win Stage 3 of the Tour de France.

The Bora-Hansgrohe rider won the 212km stage that began in Belgium, traveled through Luxembourg, and finished in France, atop the 1.6km Cat. 3 climb, the Côte des Religieuses at Longwy.

It was Sagan’s eighth Tour stage win, and one of his most memorable, as his strength and agility made up for a pedal slip that might’ve ended many riders’ hopes.

After Richie Porte attacked inside the final kilometer, Sagan reeled in the BMC Racing leader and rode at the front. He looked positioned to hold off the bunch, but as he wound up his sprint, his foot slipped from his pedal. Sagan’s mistake gave hope for Matthews (Sunweb) to take the victory, but the world champion was able to return to speed and hold off the Australian.

Asked if he had felt pressure to win on a stage that seemed tailormade for his abilities, Sagan just smiled. “What is pressure? I don’t know what it is.”

For more, click through to read the full stage report.

Stage 3: Verviers > Longwy - Stage Result

Monday 3rd July 2017

1. sk
SAGAN Peter
BORA - hansgrohe
05:07:19
2. au
MATTHEWS Michael
Team Sunweb
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3. ie
MARTIN Daniel
Quick-Step Floors
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4. be
VAN AVERMAET Greg
BMC Racing Team
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5. it
BETTIOL Alberto
Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team
0:02
6. fr
DéMARE Arnaud
FDJ
-
7. dk
FUGLSANG Jakob
Astana Pro Team
-
8. gb
THOMAS Geraint
Team Sky
-
9. gb
FROOME Christopher
Team Sky
-
10. pl
MAJKA Rafał
BORA - hansgrohe
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