Slovak Champion Claims Third Stage

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Today marks the second win for Cannondale Pro Cycling in 2013. After yesterday’s great second stage win at the Tour of Oman, Peter Sagan won the third stage today (Nakhal Fort-Wadi Dayqah Dam, 190 km), confirming his leadership in the general classification (Gallopin, previously second, is now at 16”). This stage victory is a repeat performance for the Slovak champion, who won the stage in 2012. This year, Sagan beat his competitors thanks to a powerful attack on the last climb, arriving at the finish line alone (Van Avermaet was second, then Gallopin and Contador). In addition to the general classification, Sagan also leads the points and young rider’s classification, while Cannondale Pro Cycling is the leader in the team classification.

“My teammates did a great job of supporting me and this win is the deserved award of their efforts,” said Sagan. “I remember the last kilometres of the stage; my idea was to attack on the last ascent. What was unknown was what my competitors were thinking. Here at the Tour of Oman there are a lot of champions with different characteristics, each one could anticipate and try to attack. The high race rhythm of the final part of the stage didn’t give any freedom and this helped me. I’m really satisfied with this win, especially the way in which I got it.”

Tomorrow is the fourth stage, or queen stage, at the Tour of Oman, with the summit finish on Green Mountain.

 

“The final ascent is a hard climb. I will wait for attacks from the GC riders, both for the stage win and overall leadership. I know it will be hard to keep the jersey, but above all, it will be a useful test to understand my resistance on these climbs,” said Sagan.