Cycling - Sagan wins stage three of Tour de Suisse, Frank leads

Mathias Frank of Switzerland took over the leader’s jersey in the Tour de Suisse after Peter Sagan triumphed on stage three on Monday.

Cycling - Sagan wins stage three of Tour de Suisse, Frank leads

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Peter Sagan on the Tour de Suisse (Imago)

Frank, of BMC Racing, has a 25 second gap from second-placed Roman Kreuzinger of the Czech Republic, with Rui Costa a further 10 seconds back for Movistar.

But the day belonged to Sagan, who gave Cannondale victory on the 203.3km stage from Montreux to Meiringen in a time of 4:46.27 from defending champion Costa of Portugal.

It was a fine win from the Slovak, who broke away as part of a four-man move, along with Frank, Kreuziger and Costa before splitting away from the lead group on the descent from the day’s final categorised climb.

Sagan’s decisive move – with around 18km remaining of the stage – saw him thrive on the steep, wet descent to Meiringen as he and Costa created a gap from Kreuziger and Frank into the finish line.

Previous race leader Cameron Meyer of Orica-GreenEdge lost crucial time as he relinquished the overall lead to Frank.

Ryder Hesjedal continued his run of bad luck – the Garmin-Sharp rider was forced to withdraw from last month’s Giro d’Italia with illness – as he began the day in second place overall but crashed and was taken to hospital for an examination.

Michele Scarponi of Lampre-Merida was another rider to crash during the stage as Frank established a lead that he will seek to defend over the course of the final six days.

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