Peter Sagan won his third stage in six days Saturday in the USA Pro Challenge.
Chris Froome of Great Britain and Sky Procycling rides in the peloton during stage one of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge on August 19, 2013 in Aspen, Colorado. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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By John Henderson, Denver Post.
This third annual USA Pro Challenge is turning into a Slovakian folk dance. Peter Sagan won his third stage in six days Saturday on a week-long course so mountainous it scared away every top sprinter in the world. Every one but the Slovakian, Peter Sagan.
He easily won a bunch sprint after 115.2 miles from Loveland to Fort Collins.
“I came here to prepare for Quebec (Grand Prix) and I’ve won three stages,” Sagan said. “I’m very happy and a little surprised.”
He shouldn’t be. Not one of the 129 other riders in this field had ever beaten him in a sprint finish. Then again, this isn’t cherry picking. He has won 17 times this year.
Sagan is lucky he made it to the start in Loveland. He had a severe stomach illness during Thursday’s queen stage up to Beaver Creek. He frequently had to hop off his bike and run into the bushes. He finished the mountainous stage and is now in prime position to win his fourth stage on Sunday’s flat course through Denver.
Tejay van Garderen holds the yellow jersey as the overall race leader.
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