CALVI, Corsica (July 1, 2013)--Australian sprinter Simon Gerrans held off a late charge by Peter Sagan to win the hilly third stage of the Tour de France by less than half a wheel Monday.
Gerrans looked to have the finish line in sight with about 100 meters to go, but Sagan’s late sprint almost caught him.
Gerrans dug deep to clinch his second career Tour stage win.
Spaniard Jose Joaquin Rojas finished third.
Jan Bakelants, the winner of Sunday's second stage, kept the yellow jersey after the 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.