Gerrans holds off Sagan to win Stage 3

Updated: July 1, 2013


Australian Simon Gerrans edged out
Slovakia’s Peter Sagan in a thrilling photo finish to capture Stage 3 of the
2013 Tour de France.

Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil, Michal Kwiatkowski and Philippe Gilbert rounded out
the top five.

Gerrans completed the 145.5-kilometer ride from Ajaccio to Calvi in a time of
3 hours, 41 minutes and 24 seconds.

“I guess I surprised quite a few people a little bit today, including myself,”
Gerrans said. “I knew there weren’t too many sprinters left in the front
group. Peter Sagan is a guy who can often climb with the best climbers and
sprint with the best sprinter so I’m really thrilled to be able to beat such a
classy rider in a sprint finish like I did today.”

Belgian Jan Bakelants, winner of the second stage, maintained the yellow
jersey by a one-second margin. Julien Simon, Gerrans and Kwiatkowski sit
behind Bakelants in the overall standings.

Monday’s ride was the last of the trio of Coriscan stages. The race heads back
to mainland France for Tuesday’s team time trial in Nice.