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Colbrelli squeezes out Sagan in Swiss sprint



Italy's Sonny Colbrelli outfoxed three-time world champion Peter Sagan and Colombia's nearly man Fernando Gaviria to win the third stage of the Tour de Suisse on Monday.

BMC's Stefan Kung, the yellow jersey wearer and home hope, finished in the main pack to maintain his overall lead, claimed after the team time-trial, as the race now turns into the high mountains.

Colbrelli launched his sprint early and got a good 10 bike lengths ahead before Sagan and Gaviria went after him.

The three crossed the line all leaning in on each other with the fast-moving Sagan in the middle unable to muscle through.

Slovak Sagan had won Sunday's stage while Quick-Step's Gaviria also came second on stage two and must be wondering where he can find a win.

The 182km run over rolling terrain featured a high tempo largely thanks to a three-man breakaway eventually reeled in largely by the efforts of Sagan's team.

There were around 60 riders still in the pack as the pace accelerated into the final kilometres shortly after the escapees were reeled in.

Tuesday's stage takes the peloton into the Alps where the real climb stages begin from Wednesday.

STAGE 3 RESULTS:

1. Sonny Colbrelli (ITA) Bahrain - Merida 4:39:51

2. Fernando Gaviria (COL) Quick-Step Floors "

3. Peter Sagan (SVK) BORA - hansgrohe "

4. Michael Albasini (SUI) Mitchelton - Scott "

5. Magnus Cort (DEN) Astana Pro Team "

6. Michael Matthews (AUS) Team Sunweb "

7. Enrico Battaglin (ITA) Team LottoNL - Jumbo "

8. Jasper Stuyven (BEL) Trek - Segafredo "

9. Diego Ulissi (ITA) UAE Team Emirates "

10. Sep Vanmarcke (BEL) Team EF Education First - "

Drapac p/b Cannondale

11. Filippo Ganna (ITA) UAE Team Emirates "

12. Bjorg Lambrecht (BEL) Lotto - Soudal "

13. Greg Van Avermaet (BEL) BMC Racing Team "

14. Lilian Calmejane (FRA) Direct Energie "

15. Maurits Lammertink (NED) Team Katusha - Alpecin "

16. Jan Polanc (SLO) UAE Team Emirates "

17. Gregor Mühlberger (AUT) BORA - hansgrohe "

18. Stefan Küng (SUI) BMC Racing Team "

19. Søren Kragh (DEN) Team Sunweb "

20. Pavel Sivakov (RUS) Team Sky "

OVERALL LEADERS

1. Stefan Küng (SUI) BMC Racing Team 8:50:15

2. Greg Van Avermaet (BEL) BMC Racing Team +3

3. Richie Porte (AUS) BMC Racing Team "

4. Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team "

5. Peter Sagan (SVK) BORA - hansgrohe +16

6. Michael Matthews (AUS) Team Sunweb +23

7. Wilco Kelderman (NED) Team Sunweb "

8. Sam Oomen (NED) Team Sunweb "

9. Gregor Mühlberger (AUT) BORA - hansgrohe +30

10. Enric Mas (ESP) Quick-Step Floors "

11. Patrick Konrad (AUT) BORA - hansgrohe "

12. Jack Haig (AUS) Mitchelton - Scott +32

13. Søren Kragh (DEN) Team Sunweb +33

14. Nairo Quintana (COL) Movistar Team +36

15. Andrey Amador (CRC) Movistar Team "

16. Mikel Landa (ESP) Movistar Team "

17. Enrico Gasparotto (ITA) Bahrain - Merida +39

18. Mark Padun (UKR) Bahrain - Merida "

19. Ion Izagirre (ESP) Bahrain - Merida "

20. Arthur Vichot (FRA) Groupama - FDJ +48



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