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Caleb Ewan in race to the line to pip Sam Bennett in Tour de France

Joy: Ewan edges out Bennett PICTURE: GETTY

CALEB EWAN pipped Sam Bennett on the line to win stage three of the Tour de France in a dramatic bunch sprint in Sisteron.

The Australian left it late to weave his way out of the pack and edge out Irish champion Bennett, with Italy’s European champion Giacomo Nizzolo in third.

After a hectic opening weekend and with the first summit finish of the race to come today, the overall contenders took it easy on the 198km stage from Nice and the pace was slow as the day’s break was swept up before Ewan led the fast men in the charge for the line.

The 26-year-old, who won three Tour stages last year, said: ‘The first ones were very special but it’s the Tour de France and I’m so happy to get another win and prove that last year wasn’t just a fluke.

‘Coming from behind is a bit of a risk but I found my way along the barrier and I came with a lot of speed, and it worked in the end.’

Bennett’s Deceuninck-Quick Step team-mate Julian Alaphilippe stayed in the bunch to retain the yellow jersey for the overall race lead.