The Swiss cyclist, Alex Zülle, has held on to his overall lead in the Tour of Spain cycling race. He finished Monday's third stage with the pack behind Jans Koerts from the Netherlands.
Koerts won the the 198 kilometre stage from Montoro to Valdepenas in five hours, eight minutes and 27 seconds, pulling just ahead of Italian Alessandro Petacchi and Czech Jan Svorda, in the final sprint.
In the overall standings, Zülle stays in the top spot, ahead of Abraham Olano of Spain and Jan Hruska of the Czech Republic.
"It's very nice to be in the lead again in the Tour of Spain," Zülle said. "Tomorrow could be the same but you never know. The terrain is tough and you always have to be alert."
The Swiss rider won the opening-day time trial on Saturday.
Tuesday's fourth leg is a 159-kilometre stage from Valdepenas to Albacete.
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