Updated: Friday, 14 March 2014 23:59 | By Agence France-Presse

Sagan wins stage, Kwiatkowski takes Tirreno cycle race lead

Slovakian Peter Sagan produced a late burst of power to claim victory in the third stage of Tirreno-Adriatico, with Michal Kwiatkowski taking the overall lead from Mark Cavenish on Friday.


Sagan wins stage, Kwiatkowski takes Tirreno cycle race lead

Slovakian cyclist Peter Sagan of CAN team poses with Emirati supporters before the start of the final stage of Dubai Tour on February 8, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates - by Kamran Jebreili

Sagan, of the Cannondale team, finished several bike lengths ahead of Kwiatkowski and Australian Simon Clarke on a slightly uphill finish in Arezzo after 210 km of racing from Cascina.

Pole Kwiatkowski, of Omega-Pharma, now leads Colombian teammate Rigoberto Uran in the overall standings by 10sec with Orica-GreenEdge rider Clarke third at 13.

Belgian classics specialist Philippe Gilbert (BMC) had been in contention for the stage win but failed to follow Sagan's final acceleration and eventually finished fourth.

Latest Photo Galleries on xinmsn