7/3/2017 7:14:54 PM

Sagan wins tour stage despite pedal problem in closing sprint

Sagan wins tour stage despite pedal problem in closing sprint

LONGWY, France: World champion Peter Sagan suffered an untimely pedal problem but slotted his shoe back into its clip in time and powered to victory in the third stage of the Tour de France on Monday.

The Slovak's right shoe unclipped as he was about to produce his final burst of speed to the finish line, and Olympic champion Greg van Avermaet (BMC Racing) may have seen his chance to attack in the finale on the brutal last climb of the day.

But Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) took a second to clip his shoe back in before accelerating to outsprint Australian Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) and Ireland's Dan Martin (Quick-Step Floors).

Van Avermaet had to settle for fourth.

Britain's Geraint Thomas of Team Sky finished two seconds off the pace but retained the overall leader's yellow jersey as the main overall favourites finished together.

Defending champion Chris Froome moved up to second overall, 12 seconds behind his team-mate.

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