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Sagan wins stage 3 of 2013 Tour of Oman to defend lead

Peter Sagan (Cannondale) won stage 3 of the Tour of Oman Wednesday at Wadi Dayqah Dam.

Sagan, who led the overall after storming to a win on Tuesday, distanced classics rival Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing), who finished second.

Tony Gallopin (RadioShack-Leopard) was third.

“My teammates did a great job of supporting me and this win is the deserved award of their efforts,” said Sagan. “I remembered the last kilometers of the stage and 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.”

Sagan leads the general classification heading into Thursday’s mountainous 152km fourth stage to Jabal Al Akhdhar.

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