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Matej Mugerli defends stage 3 crown in Azerbaijan

Matej Mugerli defends stage 3 crown in Azerbaijan

05/05/2017 at 14:51

Slovenian Matej Mugerli takes bunch sprint in Gabala for second straight year, while Azeri Kirill Pozdnyakov maintains GC lead at Tour d’Azerbaijan …

“Yesterday was a hard stage, so everyone was tired I think, that’s why there were maybe many crashes,” explained Mugerli, referring to the field’s four crashes inside the final 6km. “My team worked very good. 

“For the stage, I had one teammate with me that helped me in the hard final. I waited with my sprint for the final 200 metres and then I went full out and won.

“It’s a great feeling to win in the country where I used to ride so many times and where I know the road really good,” said Mugerli. “But still you need some luck, and that’s what I had today.”

“My team was very strong and they helped me today, that’s how I defended my jersey,” said Pozdnyakov. “The stage was [not as hard as] yesterday and I felt good, so we never were in big problems. 

“Only at the end it was challenging to not be involved with a crash, but we managed to stay out of it and to finish in the first group.”

Only two stages remain in the five-day UCI Europe Tour road race, including Saturday’s 164.2km mountains stage from Gabala to Pirgulu and Sunday’s 158km circuit race in Baku.