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Continued: Simon Gerrans holds off Peter Sagan to win hilly 3rd stage of Tour de France

  • Article by: JEROME PUGMIRE , AP Sports Writer
  • Last update: July 1, 2013 - 12:40 PM

Monday's 90-mile trek started from Ajaccio, where French emperor and military mastermind Napoleon Bonaparte was born in 1769, and finished in Calvi after three moderate climbs and a steeper last climb tested the legs of the peloton.

Gerrans clocked about 3 hours, 40 minutes.

It was the last of the trio of Corsican stages before the race heads to mainland France for Tuesday's team time trial in Nice, where race favorite Chris Froome's Sky team are expected to challenge for the win.

"There are some strong teams out there," Froome said.

With the Tour heading through Corsica for the first time, some fans got their first glimpse of the showcase race — and made a point of getting noticed. One defied the heat to dress up in a full Napoleon outfit, saluting from the roadside.

Further on, a man held up a Coriscan flag as he rode on horseback alongside the rolling pack.

But the riders were concentrating too hard to notice.

"Twisty roads like that along the coast, stunning scenery," Froome said. "I'm sure it made for great shots from the helicopter, but that's not what we were interested in."

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