Michael Matthews Wins Stage 3 of 2011 Tour Down Under
Michael Matthews won the third stage of the 2011 Santos Tour Down Under earlier today, while fellow Aussie Matthew Goss recovered from a late tire puncture to reclaim the overall leader's jersey.
hold on but I give the credit to my teammates.
"Bernie [Eisel] and Mark [Renshaw] waited when I punctured," he added. "Mark wanted to give me his wheel but we had trouble getting the wheel in the bike and so I ended up on my spare bike. By that stage the ambulances had gone past so we had a long chase ahead. Bernie chased me all the way back on. Just as we made it back to the peloton we were at the bottom of the climb with about 5km to go. There's no respite on that hill. It's pretty nasty. Hayden [Roulston] brought me up through the bunch so I could contest the sprint."
"It just shows how strong the guys are so I think we have good chances to try to defend the jersey for the rest of the week."
The stage Thursday took riders from Adelaide's inner southern suburbs, along the city's southern expressway and into the Adelaide Hills, through a chain of small settlements separated by woods and rolling pastureland.
After a stiff climb up Mount Barker to the township of Bridgewater, the 131 riders remaining in the race after Wednesday's trio of crashes made two laps of a steeply undulating, 13-mile circuit centered on the finish line at Stirling.
Two riders were unable to start today's stage due to injuries from the second stage pileups. Australian Bernie Sulzberger broke his collarbone and compatriot Chris Sutton, riding for Britain's Team Sky, needed stitches to close a deep cut to his left knee.
Alexandr Kuschynski, Thomas De Gendt, Luis Pasamontes and Luke Durerbridge were involved in an early breakaway and led by as much as five minutes before being gradually reeled in by the peleton. Lance Armstrong played a vital role in the chase, riding near the front to control its tempo.
The breakaway group was finally caught about 16 miles from the finish, as was a late attack that included Australian Richie Porte.
Goss fought his way through an increasingly strung-out field to reach the front of the bunch before being run down by Matthews.
Friday's fourth stage of the 2011 Tour Down Under will take riders from Norwood in Adelaide's inner eastern suburbs to Strathalbyn in the hills.
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