September 24, 2017 17:06 GMT by foxsports.com

Sagan becomes 1st man to win 3 straight world road titles

BERGEN, Norway (AP) Peter Sagan of Slovakia became the first man to win three straight world road race titles on Sunday after holding off Norwegian Alexander Kristoff in a sprint finish on Sunday.

Sagan was unnoticed during most of the 267.5-kilometer (166-mile) race. He perfectly timed his final effort, powering to the front in the final straight at the road world championships.

Australia’s Michael Matthews was third.

Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe tried to go for a solo win in the final 10 kilometers after a sudden acceleration on the final climb of Salmon Hill. He was joined by Gianni Moscon of Italy but the pair was ultimately reined in.

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