Peter Sagan (BORA-hansgrohe) rocketed to a superb Stage 3 win at the Tour de Suisse in Murten, with Elia Viviani (Deceuninck - Quick Step) second and John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) third.
Coming off Jasper Stuyven’s wheel, the Slovak launched his sprint with just over 100m to race, as a short ramp kicked up to the finish line.
Sprint rivals Viviani and Degenkolb simply had no answer as Sagan claimed the 17th Tour de Suisse stage win of his career.
The three-times road race world champion had sprinted to second place on Stage 2 on Sunday, and he now leads the overall race lead by ten seconds from Kasper Asgreen of Deceuninck - Quick Step.
A four-rider break formed early on the 162.3km stage, featuring Bert-Jan Lindeman (Jumbo-Visma), Willie Smit (Team Katusha Alpecin), Ryan Anderson (Rally UHC) and Simon Pellaud (Swiss Cycling).
Their advantage was never more than four minutes, and Pellaud won both the category-three KOMs, while Smit won the first intermediate sprint and Lindeman took the second.
Pellaud went solo in the closing stages and he was caught with six kilometres to race, soon after Sagan had dropped back to his team car for a bike change.
The sprinters’ and puncheurs’ teams took up the battle for position at the front, and although Sagan did not have a lot of help from his team-mates in the closing kilometres, he made the stage win look easy in the end.
Rohan Dennis (Team Bahrain Merida) is third in GC, behind Sagan and Asgreen.
Here’s a look at some of the key VelonLive data from Tour de Suisse Stage 3:
What a victory for @BORAhansgrohe's @petosagan on stage three of the #tourdesuisse! Here was his sprint data 🏆— Velon CC (@VelonCC) June 17, 2019
- Length: 150m
- Gradient 4.2%
- Time: 13”
- Avg speed: 39.3km/h
- Max speed: 44.5km/h
- Avg power: 1230w
- Max power: 1500w
- Avg cadence: 100rpm pic.twitter.com/KxmzwV8EH2
A huge effort from @JumboVismaRoad's @BertjanLindeman to form the breakaway on stage three of the #tourdesuisse. Here was his attack ⚡️— Velon CC (@VelonCC) June 17, 2019
Avg speed: 30.0km/h
Max speed: 42.6km/h
Avg power: 525w
Max power: 1130w
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It's been a hilly start to #tourdesuisse stage three. Here was race leader @k_asgreen's first 30km in the peloton ⚡️— Velon CC (@VelonCC) June 17, 2019
Avg speed: 34.6km/h
Max speed: 82.0km/h
Avg power: 215w
Max power: 800w
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Here was @TeamINEOS rider @GeraintThomas86's first 50km of stage three of the #tourdesuisse ⚡️— Velon CC (@VelonCC) June 17, 2019
Avg speed: 38.6km/h
Max speed: 83.6km/h
Avg power: 205w
Max power: 810w
In comparison, @yveslampaert spent time on the front of the peloton and averaged 265w. pic.twitter.com/MHAOyNvz73
Data from @andi_schilli as he chased the breakaway from KM120-125 on #tourdesuisse stage three on behalf of @petosagan ⚡️— Velon CC (@VelonCC) June 17, 2019
Avg speed: 46.6km/h
Max speed: 59.6km/h
Avg power: 325w
Max power: 480w
Avg cadence: 92rpm
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