Australian Michael Matthews won a gritty sprint finish in stage 3 at Tour de Suisse Monday in Bern.

Australian Michael Matthews won a gritty sprint finish in stage 3 at Tour de Suisse Monday in Bern. The Sunweb rider out-sprinted world champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) after a steep final hill in the Swiss city. Trek-Segafredo’s John Degenkolb was third. It was a double coup for Matthews who also took the yellow race leader’s jersey with his victory.

“I struggled a little bit on the climb. I wasn’t climbing so well today,” said Matthews. “It was good enough to get over the climb to the finish.”

Stage 3, top 10

Top-10 overall

The run to the finish was perilously twisty through Bern’s narrow, sometimes cobbled streets.

With a sprint on offer, the peloton caught the final breakaway rider, Lasse Norman Hansen (Aqua Blue) before reaching the city’s outskirts.

Trek-Segafredo was particularly active, leading the bunch into the technical finale.

The race pulled apart on the steep climb in the last two kilometers. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ag2r La Mondiale) did the majority of the pace-setting in the final kilometer.

Former world champion Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates) hit out as the gradient eased. Sagan marked his move.

However, Sunweb stuck to its plan to lead-out Matthews and put Nikias Arndt on the front for one final push. Matthews was positioned perfectly. He jumped at around 150 meters to go. Sagan and Degenkolb jostled and bumped on the 26-year-old’s wheel, but neither could come past.

“It made it really perfect for me to start my sprint at the right time,” Matthews added, referring to Arndt’s lead-out.

Matthews may only enjoy one day in the yellow jersey, despite his impressive showing in stage 3. Stage 4 on Tuesday features an uphill finish at Villars-sur-Ollon after 143.2km. His Sunweb teammate, Giro d’Italia champion Tom Dumoulin, may be the next man up to wear yellow. Dumoulin is second, merely 10 seconds behind. “It’s going to be a very special day to tomorrow,” said Matthews.

Stage 3 results

General classification