(Road Bike Action; Photo: Bettini)
Tinkoff-Saxo’s Peter Sagan took the win on stage 3 of the Tour de Suisse, beating Katusha’s Daniel Moreno and FDJ’s Thibaut Pinot who garnered second and third place, respectively. The 117.3km stage started off with a hors categorie climb up the Gotthardpass before settling into a mostly rolling course. The Orica, Tinkoff and Giant squads organized a chase for the breakaway group (who had built up roughly a six-minute lead), and the peloton eventually came back together well before the day’s conclusion. Sagan emerged as the strongest on the day, and also the most tactically savvy, as the Slovakian launched his attack for the line with 300 meters to go before the pack was forced to navigate several tricky corners leading into the finish line.
1. Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) 3:00:35
2. Daniel Moreno (Katusha) s.t.
3. Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) s.t.
4. Julian Arrendondo (Trek Factory Racing) s.t.
5. Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) s.t.
6. Geraint Thomas (Sky) s.t.
7. Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) s.t.
8. Esteban Chaves (Orica-GreenEdge) s.t.
9. Sergio Henao (Sky) s.t.
10. JJ Rojas (Movistar) s.t.
1. Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) 6:43:12
2. Daniel Moreno (Katusha) :05
3. Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) s.t.
4. Geraint Thomas (Sky) :07
5. Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) :12
6. Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) :14
7. Steve Morabito (FDJ) :15
8. Kristijan Durasek (Lampre-Merida) :18
9. Bob Jungels (Trek Factory Racing) :19
10. Simon Spilak (Katusha) s.t.