Tour Down Under: Peter Sagan wins stage 3 in Uraidla

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) reprised his role from 2018 during stage 3 at the Tour Down Under on Thursday, taking the stage win again in Uraidla after following Daryl Impey's initial jump to the line on the slightly uphill finish. Unlike 2018, however, when Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) came in second to Sagan on his way to winning the overall, the South African was beaten to the line by Astana's Luis Leon Sanchez, who claimed the runner-up spot this time.

Overnight leader Patrick Bevin (CCC Team) finished fifth on the same time as Sagan and held onto his race lead by one second over the former world champion. Sanchez is now third, nine seconds back, with Impey in fifth at 11 seconds.

"I'm very happy to win, and very grateful to my teammates," Sagan told the media after stepping down off the podium. "They did a great job and took care of me, keeping me at the front, which meant that I was able to save a lot of energy for the final lap.

"So I won – only by a little bit – but I won, and I'm very happy about that."

Sagan also took control of the points competition, relieving stage 1 winner Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-QuickStep) of his blue jersey, despite the Italian champion's day out in the early breakaway, from which he grabbed maximum points at both intermediate sprints.

The move, which went clear with the momentum of the first sprint, also temporarily gave Viviani back the race lead from Bevin thanks to six seconds' worth of time bonuses, but Viviani would later fall back from the break to the bunch, and was subsequently dropped, trailing home more than 12 minutes down on stage winner Sagan.

Tour Down Under stage 3 race highlights

2019 Tour Down Under race tech

With Viviani in the initial move were Nicholas Dlamini (Dimension Data), James Whelan (EF Education First), Nico Denz (AG2R La Mondiale), Astana's Manuele Boaro, Leo Vincent (Groupama-FDJ) and UniSA-Australia's Michael Potter, and the septet quickly built up a healthy lead, which had reached almost three minutes as they approached the day's only KOM at Fox Creek, just under 40km into the stage.

Here, Boaro revealed his interest in having made the break, powering over the climb to take the maximum 10 points, which would move him up to second place in the mountains classification behind Jason Lea (UniSA-Australia), who holds on to the polka-dot jersey with an eight-point buffer.

The bunch, controlled for most of the day by race leader Bevin's CCC Team, was content to let the seven riders have their fun, but as the distance and the day's intense heat began to take its toll, first Viviani and, later, Denz, Boaro and Vincent dropped off the pace, leaving only Whelan, Dlamini and Potter at the head of affairs.

A crash in the bunch with just under 40km to go brought down a number of riders, but, with no serious injuries, there was little interruption to what had become a chase by CCC.

Two riders – EF Education First's Alberto Bettiol and Astana's Davide Ballerini – nevertheless took the opportunity to jump away from the peloton, linking up first with Boaro, who was in turn able to stick with the duo and come back up to the leading trio, making a leading group of six made up of two Astana riders, two EF riders and one each from Dimension Data and UniSA-Australia with 30km left of the stage to race.

As riders continued to drop out of the back of the peloton, the seven laps of the 14km finish circuit around Uraidla continued to take their toll at the front of the race, too, and it was the EF duo of Whelan and Bettiol left alone in the lead with just two circuits to go.

Whelan – in his first year with the WorldTour team – had been out front all day, and unselfishly buried himself for Bettiol to try to help his teammate win the stage. But with 20km left to race, the effort became too much for the young Australian, leaving Bettiol to battle on alone. The Italian made it to just inside the final lap before being swept up by what was left of the peloton, led by a Mitchelton-Scott team intent on dragging defending champion Daryl Impey to the line.

However, it was another EF rider – Lachlan Morton – who came to the front to set an infernal pace on the short climbs for his team leader Michael Woods with 8km to go, before Mitchelton once again took control thanks to 2018 Australian road race champion Alex Edmondson.

Bevin was still in the ever-decreasing group, as was 2017 Tour Down Under champion Richie Porte and, more surprisingly, Sagan, but inside 3km to go, it was Team Sky's Kenny Elissonde who put in the first meaningful attack, gaining a considerable gap with Jumbo-Visma's Robert Gesink stuck in no man's land as the Dutchman tried to respond.

EF went yet again, and this time it was Woods, who swept up first Gesink and then Elissonde, and went into the final two kilometres with nothing but a stage victory on his mind. But despite the Canadian's evident strength, he, too, was reined in, and it was Mitchelton's Lucas Hamilton – with Impey glued to his back wheel – that took the race under the kilometre-to-go banner, with Impey able to open his sprint at the 500-metre mark.

Sagan, however, was right on his wheel, with Sanchez behind the Slovakian. It was a three-horse race, and, as Impey faded, Sanchez and Sagan were left to fight it out, with the nod going to Sagan by the smallest of margins.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe3:46:06
2Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro TeamRow 1 - Cell 2
3Daryl Impey (RSA) Mitchelton-ScottRow 2 - Cell 2
4Danny van Poppel (Ned) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 3 - Cell 2
5Patrick Bevin (NZl) CCC TeamRow 4 - Cell 2
6Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team EmiratesRow 5 - Cell 2
7Ruben Guerreiro (Por) Katusha-AlpecinRow 6 - Cell 2
8Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team EmiratesRow 7 - Cell 2
9Chris Hamilton (Aus) Team SunwebRow 8 - Cell 2
10Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 9 - Cell 2
11Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 10 - Cell 2
12Ryan Gibbons (RSA) Dimension DataRow 11 - Cell 2
13Cameron Meyer (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 12 - Cell 2
14Wout Poels (Ned) Team SkyRow 13 - Cell 2
15Dries Devenyns (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 14 - Cell 2
16George Bennett (NZl) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 15 - Cell 2
17Eduard Prades (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 16 - Cell 2
18Michael Woods (Can) EF Education First Pro CyclingRow 17 - Cell 2
19Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Groupama-FDJRow 18 - Cell 2
20Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha-AlpecinRow 19 - Cell 2
21Chris Harper (Aus) UniSA-AustraliaRow 20 - Cell 2
22Michael Valgren (Den) Dimension DataRow 21 - Cell 2
23Jay McCarthy (Aus) Bora-HansgroheRow 22 - Cell 2
24Pierre Latour (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 23 - Cell 2
25Steve Morabito (Swi) Groupama-FDJRow 24 - Cell 2
26Carl Fredrik Hagen (Nor) Lotto SoudalRow 25 - Cell 2
27Gregor Muhlberger (Aut) Bora-HansgroheRow 26 - Cell 2
28Dylan van Baarle (Ned) Team SkyRow 27 - Cell 2
29Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Katusha-AlpecinRow 28 - Cell 2
30Jai Hindley (Aus) Team SunwebRow 29 - Cell 2
31Richie Porte (Aus) Trek-SegafredoRow 30 - Cell 2
32Rohan Dennis (Aus) Bahrain-MeridaRow 31 - Cell 2
33James Knox (GBr) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 32 - Cell 2
34Tom-Jelte Slagter (Ned) Dimension DataRow 33 - Cell 2
35Ben O'Connor (Aus) Dimension DataRow 34 - Cell 2
36Dimitrii Strakhov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin0:00:07
37Michael Storer (Aus) Team SunwebRow 36 - Cell 2
38Lucas Hamilton (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 37 - Cell 2
39Nathan Haas (Aus) Katusha-AlpecinRow 38 - Cell 2
40Remi Cavagna (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 39 - Cell 2
41Dylan Sunderland (Aus) UniSA-AustraliaRow 40 - Cell 2
42Rafael Valls (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 41 - Cell 2
43Lluís Mas (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 42 - Cell 2
44Herman Pernsteiner (Aut) Bahrain-MeridaRow 43 - Cell 2
45Robert Gesink (Ned) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 44 - Cell 2
46Lars Bak (Den) Dimension DataRow 45 - Cell 2
47Yukiya Arashiro (Spa) Bahrain-MeridaRow 46 - Cell 2
48Lennard Hofstede (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma0:00:20
49James Whelan (Aus) EF Education First Pro Cycling0:00:26
50Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Bahrain-Merida0:00:41
51Ayden Toovey (Aus) UniSA-AustraliaRow 50 - Cell 2
52Miles Scotson (Aus) Groupama-FDJ0:00:55
53Kenny Elissonde (Fra) Team Sky0:00:56
54Scott Davies (GBr) Dimension DataRow 53 - Cell 2
55Joey Rosskopf (USA) CCC Team0:01:25
56Héctor Carretero (Spa) Movistar Team0:01:27
57Daniel Oss (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe0:01:59
58Lachlan Morton (Aus) EF Education First Pro Cycling0:02:20
59Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team0:03:15
60Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Bahrain-MeridaRow 59 - Cell 2
61Danil Fominykh (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 60 - Cell 2
62Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 61 - Cell 2
63Sven Erik Bystrom (Nor) UAE Team EmiratesRow 62 - Cell 2
64Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 63 - Cell 2
65Yevgeniy Gidich (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 64 - Cell 2
66Peter Stetina (USA) Trek-Segafredo0:03:36
67Ryan Mullen (Ire) Trek-Segafredo0:04:07
68Michael Hepburn (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 67 - Cell 2
69Alex Edmondson (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 68 - Cell 2
70Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Trek-SegafredoRow 69 - Cell 2
71Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Lotto SoudalRow 70 - Cell 2
72Mitchell Docker (Aus) EF Education First Pro Cycling0:04:30
73Thomas Scully (NZl) EF Education First Pro CyclingRow 72 - Cell 2
74Nick White (Aus) UniSA-AustraliaRow 73 - Cell 2
75Mat Hayman (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:05:23
76Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Deceuninck - QuickStepRow 75 - Cell 2
77Luke Durbridge (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 76 - Cell 2
78Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 77 - Cell 2
79Tom Leezer (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma0:05:36
80Jasper Phlipsen (Bel) UAE Team Emirates0:07:07
81Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe0:07:16
82Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky0:08:15
83Jason Lea (Aus) UniSA-AustraliaRow 82 - Cell 2
84Alberto Bettiol (Ita) EF Education First Pro Cycling0:10:06
85Owain Doull (GBr) Team SkyRow 84 - Cell 2
86Kilian Frankiny (Swi) Groupama-FDJRow 85 - Cell 2
87Nans Peter (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 86 - Cell 2
88Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team SunwebRow 87 - Cell 2
89Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 88 - Cell 2
90Benoit Cosnefroy (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 89 - Cell 2
91Rory Sutherland (Aus) UAE Team EmiratesRow 90 - Cell 2
92Luke Rowe (GBr) Team SkyRow 91 - Cell 2
93Jaime Castrillo (Spa) Movistar Team0:11:26
94Rubén Fernandez (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 93 - Cell 2
95Victor De La Parte (Spa) CCC TeamRow 94 - Cell 2
96Michael Potter (Aus) UniSA-Australia0:11:39
97Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Bahrain-Merida0:12:30
98Nico Denz (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 97 - Cell 2
99Koen de Kort (Ned) Trek-SegafredoRow 98 - Cell 2
100Lukas Postlberger (Aut) Bora-HansgroheRow 99 - Cell 2
101Adam Blythe (GBr) Lotto SoudalRow 100 - Cell 2
102Artyom Zakharov (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 101 - Cell 2
103Leo Vincent (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 102 - Cell 2
104Davide Ballerini (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 103 - Cell 2
105Daniel Hoelgaard (Nor) Groupama-FDJRow 104 - Cell 2
106Kristoffer Halvorsen (Nor) Team SkyRow 105 - Cell 2
107Alex Dowsett (GBr) Katusha-AlpecinRow 106 - Cell 2
108Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto SoudalRow 107 - Cell 2
109Jens Debesschere (Bel) Katusha-AlpecinRow 108 - Cell 2
110Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC TeamRow 109 - Cell 2
111Nic Dlamini (RSA) Dimension DataRow 110 - Cell 2
112Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek-SegafredoRow 111 - Cell 2
113William Clarke (Aus) Trek-SegafredoRow 112 - Cell 2
114Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro TeamRow 113 - Cell 2
115Elia Viviani (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 114 - Cell 2
116Oscar Gatto (Ita) Bora-HansgroheRow 115 - Cell 2
117Francisco Ventoso (Spa) CCC TeamRow 116 - Cell 2
118Ivo Oliveira (Por) UAE Team EmiratesRow 117 - Cell 2
119Caleb Ewan (Aus) Lotto SoudalRow 118 - Cell 2
120Michael Morkov (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 119 - Cell 2
121Roger Kluge (Ger) Lotto SoudalRow 120 - Cell 2
122Cees Bol (Ned) Team SunwebRow 121 - Cell 2
123Clement Chevrier (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 122 - Cell 2
124Maarten Wynants (Bel) Team Jumbo-Visma0:12:50
125Jakub Mareczko (Ita) CCC Team0:13:28
126Mikkel Honoré (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 125 - Cell 2
127Neil Van der Ploeg (Aus) UniSA-AustraliaRow 126 - Cell 2
128Daniel McClay (GBr) EF Education First Pro CyclingRow 127 - Cell 2
129Max Walscheid (Ger) Team SunwebRow 128 - Cell 2
130Manuele Boaro (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:15:03
131Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) AG2R La Mondiale0:16:23
132Michael Sajnok (Pol) CCC Team0:20:34
DNFMax Kanter (Ger) Team SunwebRow 132 - Cell 2
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Sprint #1 - Charleston - km 4.7
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Elia Viviani (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep5pts
2Kristoffer Halvorsen (Nor) Team Sky3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Jasper Phlipsen (Bel) UAE Team Emirates2Row 2 - Cell 3
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Sprint #2 - Charleston - km 18.6
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Elia Viviani (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep5pts
2Nico Denz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Leo Vincent (Fra) Groupama-FDJ2Row 2 - Cell 3
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Finish - Uraidla - km 146.2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe15pts
2Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team14Row 1 - Cell 3
3Daryl Impey (RSA) Mitchelton-Scott13Row 2 - Cell 3
4Danny van Poppel (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma12Row 3 - Cell 3
5Patrick Bevin (NZl) CCC Team11Row 4 - Cell 3
6Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team Emirates10Row 5 - Cell 3
7Ruben Guerreiro (Por) Katusha-Alpecin9Row 6 - Cell 3
8Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates8Row 7 - Cell 3
9Chris Hamilton (Aus) Team Sunweb7Row 8 - Cell 3
10Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida6Row 9 - Cell 3
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KOM - Fox Creek - km 37.9
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Manuele Boaro (Ita) Astana Pro Team10pts
2Michael Potter (Aus) UniSA-Australia6Row 1 - Cell 3
3James Whelan (Aus) EF Education First Pro Cycling4Row 2 - Cell 3
4Nic Dlamini (RSA) Dimension Data2Row 3 - Cell 3
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Young Riders
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ruben Guerreiro (Por) Katusha-Alpecin3:46:06
2Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team EmiratesRow 1 - Cell 2
3Chris Hamilton (Aus) Team SunwebRow 2 - Cell 2
4Ryan Gibbons (RSA) Dimension DataRow 3 - Cell 2
5Chris Harper (Aus) UniSA-AustraliaRow 4 - Cell 2
6Gregor Muhlberger (Aut) Bora-HansgroheRow 5 - Cell 2
7Jai Hindley (Aus) Team SunwebRow 6 - Cell 2
8James Knox (GBr) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 7 - Cell 2
9Ben O'Connor (Aus) Dimension DataRow 8 - Cell 2
10Dimitrii Strakhov (Rus) Katusha-AlpecinRow 9 - Cell 2
11Michael Storer (Aus) Team SunwebRow 10 - Cell 2
12Lucas Hamilton (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:00:07
13Remi Cavagna (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 12 - Cell 2
14Dylan Sunderland (Aus) UniSA-AustraliaRow 13 - Cell 2
15Lennard Hofstede (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma0:00:20
16James Whelan (Aus) EF Education First Pro Cycling0:00:26
17Ayden Toovey (Aus) UniSA-Australia0:00:41
18Miles Scotson (Aus) Groupama-FDJ0:00:55
19Scott Davies (GBr) Dimension Data0:00:56
20Héctor Carretero (Spa) Movistar Team0:01:27
21Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Bahrain-Merida0:03:15
22Yevgeniy Gidich (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 21 - Cell 2
23Ryan Mullen (Ire) Trek-Segafredo0:04:07
24Nick White (Aus) UniSA-Australia0:04:30
25Jasper Phlipsen (Bel) UAE Team Emirates0:07:07
26Jason Lea (Aus) UniSA-Australia0:08:15
27Kilian Frankiny (Swi) Groupama-FDJ0:10:06
28Nans Peter (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 27 - Cell 2
29Benoit Cosnefroy (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 28 - Cell 2
30Jaime Castrillo (Spa) Movistar Team0:11:26
31Michael Potter (Aus) UniSA-Australia0:11:39
32Nico Denz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:12:30
33Leo Vincent (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 32 - Cell 2
34Davide Ballerini (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 33 - Cell 2
35Kristoffer Halvorsen (Nor) Team SkyRow 34 - Cell 2
36Nic Dlamini (RSA) Dimension DataRow 35 - Cell 2
37Ivo Oliveira (Por) UAE Team EmiratesRow 36 - Cell 2
38Caleb Ewan (Aus) Lotto SoudalRow 37 - Cell 2
39Cees Bol (Ned) Team SunwebRow 38 - Cell 2
40Jakub Mareczko (Ita) CCC Team0:13:28
41Mikkel Honoré (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 40 - Cell 2
42Neil Van der Ploeg (Aus) UniSA-AustraliaRow 41 - Cell 2
43Michael Sajnok (Pol) CCC Team0:20:34
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Uae Team Emirates11:18:18
2Bora - HansgroheRow 1 - Cell 2
3Team Katusha AlpecinRow 2 - Cell 2
4Team Dimension DataRow 3 - Cell 2
5Team SunwebRow 4 - Cell 2
6Mitchelton - Scott0:00:07
7Team Jumbo - VismaRow 6 - Cell 2
8Bahrain - MeridaRow 7 - Cell 2
9Deceuninck - Quick - StepRow 8 - Cell 2
10Movistar Team0:00:14
11Unisa - Australia0:00:48
12Groupama - Fdj0:00:55
13Team Sky0:00:56
14Ef Education First0:02:46
15Astana Pro Team0:06:30
16Lotto - Soudal0:07:22
17Trek - Segafredo0:07:43
18Ccc Team0:12:51
19Ag2R La Mondiale0:13:21
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General Classification after stage 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Patrick Bevin (NZl) CCC Team10:20:09
2Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe0:00:01
3Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team0:00:09
4Michael Storer (Aus) Team Sunweb0:00:10
5Daryl Impey (RSA) Mitchelton-Scott0:00:11
6Danny van Poppel (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma0:00:15
7Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team EmiratesRow 6 - Cell 2
8Ryan Gibbons (RSA) Dimension DataRow 7 - Cell 2
9Chris Hamilton (Aus) Team SunwebRow 8 - Cell 2
10George Bennett (NZl) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 9 - Cell 2
11Michael Woods (Can) EF Education First Pro CyclingRow 10 - Cell 2
12Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 11 - Cell 2
13Ruben Guerreiro (Por) Katusha-AlpecinRow 12 - Cell 2
14Wout Poels (Ned) Team SkyRow 13 - Cell 2
15Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Groupama-FDJRow 14 - Cell 2
16Pierre Latour (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 15 - Cell 2
17Dries Devenyns (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 16 - Cell 2
18Dylan van Baarle (Ned) Team SkyRow 17 - Cell 2
19Eduard Prades (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 18 - Cell 2
20Dimitrii Strakhov (Rus) Katusha-AlpecinRow 19 - Cell 2
21Cameron Meyer (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 20 - Cell 2
22Ben O'Connor (Aus) Dimension DataRow 21 - Cell 2
23Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team EmiratesRow 22 - Cell 2
24Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 23 - Cell 2
25Michael Valgren (Den) Dimension DataRow 24 - Cell 2
26Jai Hindley (Aus) Team SunwebRow 25 - Cell 2
27Richie Porte (Aus) Trek-Segafredo