Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) held his nerve on stage 3 of the Tour Down Under, waiting patiently and sticking to the wheel of Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) before looking to surge past the three-time world champion in the final metres into Uraidla. Despite the impressive showing, however, he was unable to match Sagan's speed and superior bike throw, losing the sprint by half a wheel length on the line to finish second on the stage.
"I'm both content and disappointed. Of course, you want to win and I was very close, but when you're sprinting against a guy like Peter Sagan, you know it's almost impossible. He has such finishing speed. The team did a great job to keep me in position,” Sanchez said.
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