Sagan takes second stage win as Cancellara keeps overall lead
updated 6:05 PM EDT, Tue July 3, 2012
Slovakia's Peter Sagan celebrates after winning the third stage of the Tour de France
- Liquigas rider Peter Sagan wins his second stage of the 2012 Tour de France
- Solvakian triumphed in 197km stage between Orchies and Boulogne-sur-Mer
- Swiss Fabian Cancellara retains overall lead for the RadioShack team
- Cancellara puts in strong performance to maintain lead over Bradley Wiggins
(CNN) -- Slovakian Peter Sagan made it two wins from three Tour de France stages Tuesday as he triumphed in the 197km leg between Orchies and Boulogne-sur-Mer.
The Liquigas rider cruised home in the final 100m of a stage littered with crashes that saw Switzerland's RadioShack rider Fabian Cancellara maintain his overall lead with an impressive performance.
Britain's Bradley Wiggins, riding for Team Sky, was caught up in one of the race's incidents but ensured the gap between himself and Cancellara remained seven seconds. France's Sylvain Chavanel is tied for time in third.
Cancellara fared better in the six-climb stage that many had expected, finishing fourth behind fellow Slovak Peter Velits and Norway's Edvald Boasson Hagen.
But it was 22-year-old Sagan who continued his stellar year after claiming multiple stage wins in the Tour of California and the Tour of Switzerland.
"After my wins in California and Switzerland I hoped to come here and win a few stages," he told reporters. "Now it's done and I'm very happy.
Bradley Wiggins, left, celebrates on the finish line with teammate Michael Rogers of Australia after becoming the first Briton to win the Tour de France on Sunday, July 22, in Paris.
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"Today I knew the sprinters wouldn't be there at the finish and it ended up with (Ivan) Basso and (Vincenzo) Nibali working for me! I would shine Basso's shoes if he asked, so I really can't say thank you enough to him.
"Two stages is good for me and I want the green jersey in Paris now. That's my objective."
Wiggins' bid for his first Tour de France crown suffered a blow when teammate Kanstantsin Sivtsov was forced out of the Tour after a crash 50km from home.
It leaves Sky a man down in their bid to help Wiggins to the yellow jersey, but team principal Dave Brailsford said they could still get the job done.
"It's a setback, but not a devastating setback," Brailsford told reporters. "He'a a very good climber so he can do that first part in the key mountain stages. But to be honest the climbing department, as it were, is probably where we're at our strongest.
"It's a real shame, but not the end of the world. It's like boxing -- as long as you're still fighting you can knock the other fella out. That's the approach you've got to take to it."
The fourth stage on Wednesday is a 214km ride from Abbeville to Rouen.
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