Boasson Hagen claims sprint as Goss stays ahead

Fri, 09 Mar 15:48:00 2012

Norway’s Edvald Boasson Hagen won stage three of Tirreno-Adriatico from Indicatore to Terni.

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Team Sky's Boasson Hagen beat Andre Greipel and Peter Sagan in bunch sprint at the end of the 178km stage.

Matthew Goss (GreenEdge Cycling Team) remains race leader, with Briton Mark Cavendish heading the sprinters' standings.

Boasson Hagen's victory is his team's second in as many days after Cavendish triumphed on Thursday. The Manxman struggled as expected, the cobbled finish not suited to his powerful finishing style.

Goss was sixth on the day, comfortably in the pack and staying in the blue jersey.

"The plan from start was to work for Cav in the sprint but with about six kilometres to go he said he wasn’t feeling super great, so they said I’d do the sprint and the team worked for me. It’s nice to win and finish things off," Boasson Hagen said afterwards.

"Cav’s the team’s sprinter and when he’s good I’m happy to work for him and then take my chances if he’s not feeling great. He’s a good guy and is always honest, as he proved today. He said he wasn’t good straight away. We trust each other and we know we can work well together."

Filippo Savini of Colnago-CSF Inox had an impressive ride after his solo flight early on the stage: the Italian led until the final 30km, when he was caught by the peloton to set up the mass sprint.

Tyler Farrar had been expected to challenge for the day's podium but, despite his Garmin-Barracuda team's best efforts, he faded to fourth.

Stage 3 Tirreno - Adriatic

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