Posted: Jul 1, 2012 4:47 PM by Andrew Masuda
SERAING, Belgium (AP) - Peter Sagan of Slovakia won the first stage of the Tour de France on Sunday and Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland retained the overall lead.
Title contender Bradley Wiggins of Britain and defending champion Cadel Evans trailed close behind in the pack after the 123-mile loop from Liege to suburban Seraing featuring five low-grade climbs.
Sagan, at age 21 one of cycling's most promising riders, placed his hands on his shoulders as he collected his first Tour stage win in a three-man sprint ahead of Cancellara in second and Edvald Boasson Hagen of Norway in third.
Cancellara, who won the opening-day prologue, leads Wiggins overall by 7 seconds. France's Sylvain Chavanel is third with the same time.
Evans is 17 seconds behind the Swiss leader.
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