McEwen wins sprint finish to take third stage

GOSSAU, Switzerland -- Robbie McEwen won a sprint finish to take the rain-soaked third stage of the Tour de Suisse on Monday.

The Australian rider edged Spain's Oscar Freire and Germany's Gerald Ciolek in the 96-mile ride from Flums to Gossau, Switzerland. They all finished with a time of 3 hours, 50 minutes, 5 seconds.

The stage was dominated by a three-man breakaway of Frenchman Herve Duclos-Lassalle, Jeff Louder of the United States and Germany's Rene Weissinger, who stayed out in front for more than 81 miles. The group was caught six miles from the finish, setting the stage for a bunched sprint.

The nine-day race continues Tuesday with another stage favoring sprinters, a 106-mile route from Gossau along the Swiss-Liechtenstein border to Domat-Elms.