Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) won stage 3 of the Tour de Suisse, taking the uphill sprint finish ahead of Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quickstep) and John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo).
Stage 3 of the Tour de Suisse was made for the sprinters and they were certainly not going to miss out on their chance, with numerous climbing stages looming this week.
A 4-rider break was caught in the final 5km before a heated battle for position took place. With a left hand corner onto a a cobble street at 300m to go, everyone wanted to be at the front.
Reinardt Janse van Rensburg had Roman Kreuziger with him at a critical moment, around 2km to go, to move up into the top 10 places.
Sagan, having the biggest shoulders, was able to muscle himself into 2nd place through the final corner and powered to the win. Janse van Rensburg remained in the mix right to the end, and secured 7th place for us at the line.
“It was a pretty solid day with a fast and quite nervous last 50km. Roman did a great job once again to help me into position in the last kilometers but it was quite a technical final with a sharp corner and 200m on steep cobbles. You needed to be in the top 3 through the corner to win. In the end I was 7th through there and finished 7th too, despite cramping in the last meters, due to the warmer conditions today. We still look forward to the next chances with the team as I should have one or two more chances to sprint here in Suisse.” – Reinardt Janse van Rensburg