Gerrans holds off Sagan to win Stage 3

Calvi, Corsica — Australian Simon Gerrans edged out Slovakia’s Peter Sagan in a thrilling photo finish to capture Stage 3 of the 2013 Tour de France.

Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil, Michal Kwiatkowski and Philippe Gilbert rounded out the top five.

Gerrans completed the 145.5-kilometer ride from Ajaccio to Calvi in a time of 3 hours, 41 minutes and 24 seconds.

“I guess I surprised quite a few people a little bit today, including myself,” Gerrans said. “I knew there weren’t too many sprinters left in the front group. Peter Sagan is a guy who can often climb with the best climbers and sprint with the best sprinter so I’m really thrilled to be able to beat such a classy rider in a sprint finish like I did today.”

Belgian Jan Bakelants, winner of the second stage, maintained the yellow jersey by a one-second margin. Julien Simon, Gerrans and Kwiatkowski sit behind Bakelants in the overall standings.

Monday’s ride was the last of the trio of Coriscan stages. The race heads back to mainland France for Tuesday’s team time trial in Nice.