Sagan Powers to Third Consecutive Stage Victory in 2012 Amgen Tour of California
Team Liquigas-Cannondale's Peter Sagan made Tour of California history earlier today when he won stage 3 of the 2012 race and thereby secured his third consecutive stage win in as many days.
McCarty and Vennell.
When Salas began his decent, he attacked his fellow riders of the breakaway group, but was quickly rejoined by the others. With the breakaway's advantage at seven minutes and 40 seconds, Frantisek Rabon of Team Omega Pharma-QuickStep, leading for GC favorite Leipheimer and sprinter Boonen, set the tempo in the peloton with Liquigas-Cannondale behind him.
So started the demise of the breakaway group. With 37 kilometer to go, the break's lead had dropped to three minutes and the peloton continued to work hard. Vennell and Torres were caught with 25 kilometer to go.
Team BMC Racing, Team Garmin-Barracuda and Rabobank sat the pace at the front of the peloton joined by German powerhouse Jens Voigt of Team RadioShack-Nissan and Timothy Duggan of Team Liquigas-Cannondale who again today did a great job at reducing the lead of the breakaway group.
Fabio Andres Duarte of Colombia-Coldeportes and Nicolas Roche of AG2R La Mondiale reached the second KOM of the day first.
With defending Amgen Tour of California champion Chris Horner (USA) being escorted to the front, Rabobank took the lead at the head of the peloton with Argos-Shimano moving up. Haussler was led out to the sprint but, once again, Sagan outsprinted him to claim victory.
"Today was a hard day," Vennell commented after the stage and added "Bissell's plan was to be in the break today, so I am the lucky one to be here. I'm very happy with the way I rode considering the stage. There was a moment there that I thought we would stay away, and we were withholding them for a while, but we turned out in the plains there and the wind really zapped the last bit of energy we had."