7/5/2013 - NEWS!

Tour de France: Sagan finally takes a stage win in Albi

Sagan wins his first Stage at Tour

After several stages of near misses, Peter Sagan (Cannondale) won his first stage of the 2013 Tour de France with a field sprint victory in Albi. John Degenkolb (Argos-Shimano) finished second, followed by Daniele Bennati (Saxo-Tinkoff) in third.

"I feel very good, I'm very happy and I have to thank my team. This victory is for all of them," Sagan said. "After the first day crash I didn't feel very good, but I trusted in myself and day by day I'm feeling better."

Daryl Impey (Orica-GreenEdge) remains in the leader's yellow jersey.

The Cannondale team set a strong tempo up the category 2 climb near the stage's midpoint to shed the pure sprinters, such as Mark Cavendish, Andre Greipel and Marcel Kittel, and kept their foot on the gas to ensure they wouldn't regain contact.

A breakaway, formed with 68km to go, containing stage 2 winner Jan Bakelants (RadioShack Leopard), Juan Jose Oroz (Euskaltel-Euskadi) and Cyril Gautier (Europcar) was swept up by the Cannondale-led peloton with three kilometres remaining.

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