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Bettini wins third stage, Freire retains overall lead

Updated: September 3, 2007, 1:56 PM ET
Associated Press

LUARCA, Spain -- Italian cyclist Paolo Bettini won the third stage of the Tour of Spain on Monday, and Oscar Freire held on to the overall leader's gold jersey.

The Quick Step-Innergetic team worked hard over the final quarter of the 95-mile course to lead the pack before the world champion sprinted to the finish, crossing in 4 hours, 8 minutes, 42 seconds.

"Today, the whole team worked hard and it's a special day for me," Bettini said. "It's only a short time to the world championship ...

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