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Terpstra leads Dauphine after stage win

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  • Dutchman Nikki Terpstra has yellow jersey after Dauphine third stage win
  • Milram-rider shaded Frenchman Ludovic Turpin and Russian Yuri Trofimov
  • Deposed leader Cadel Evans has slipped to fifth overall 61 seconds behind
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(CNN) -- Dutchman Nikki Terpstra relieved Australian Cadel Evans of the leader's yellow jersey on Tuesday after a dramatic third stage victory in the Dauphine Libere cycle race.

Dutchman Terpstra celebrates a third stage win that earned him the Dauphine Libere leader's yellow jersey.

Dutchman Terpstra celebrates a third stage win that earned him the Dauphine Libere leader's yellow jersey.

Milram-rider Terpstra shaded Frenchman Ludovic Turpin and Russian Yuri Trofimov to take the 182-kilometer section from Tournus to Saint-Etienne.

Another home hope Remi Pauriol and Spaniard Inigo Landaluze were also given the same time of four hours 32 minutes and 34 seconds.

The quintet launched a breakaway after 30-km and then hung on as the peloton cut their advantage from some six minutes to 92 seconds.

"I joined the breakaway to try to get the yellow jersey," said Terpstra, "I've done it and I am happy. When we got to the final climb I realized it could be done."

Pauriol is second overall, 26 seconds adrift, with Trofimov third another second behind and Turpin fourth at 36 seconds.

Turpin admitted it was frustrating to finish stage runner-up, but acknowleged: "A sprint is always a finely judged thing. I was well placed on the wheel of Terpstra but I wasn't able to get past him."

Evans slipped to fifth overall 61 seconds behind Terpstra, the same as Landaluze, with Spaniard Alberton Contador another eight seconds back in seventh.

Wednesday's fourth stage is a 42 kilometer time trial in Valence.

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