Simon Gerrans (L) of Australia riding for Orica GreenEdge reaches for the line as he wins stage three of the 2013 Tour de France, a 145.5KM road stage from Ajaccio to Calvi
Simon Gerrans (L) of Australia riding for Orica GreenEdge reaches for the line as he wins stage three of the 2013 Tour de France, a 145.5KM road stage from Ajaccio to Calvi Doug Pensinger - Getty Images

Gerrans gives GreenEDGE its first Tour de France victory

VICTORIAN rider Simon Gerrans has put the embarrassment of his team's day one debacle behind him to record the first Tour de France stage victory for the Aussie-owned Orica-GreenEDGE outfit.

Two days after the team was fined when its bus became wedged under a gantry over the finish line on the opening stage in Corsica, Gerrans made sure the team grabbed the headlines for the right reasons by holding off sprint star Peter Sagan in a desperate drive to the line to end stage three.

"We've had some publicity on this year's race already, but for us this is better," Gerrans, who who can now boast stage wins in all three grand tours, said.

Finishing second gave Sagan the green jersey as the spint leader, but Gerrans said he hoped to win it back by the time the peloton rode into Paris.

The stage marked the end of the tour on Corsican soil, the first time the great race has visited the island in its 100-year history.

The teams immediately caught flights to France for stage four, a 25km time trial in Nice held overnight.

Belgium's Jan Bakelants (RadioShack Leopard) retained a one-second lead after the Corsican sojourn.


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