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Michael Matthews wins 3rd stage

Updated: August 9, 2012, 8:08 PM ET
Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY -- Michael Matthews looked at the course for the third stage of the Tour of Utah and picked his battle.

The Australian gambled that a shorter course with fewer climbs compared to what he would face later in the week gave him a decent chance at a stage victory. Matthews' goal was simply to survive as long as he could and be in the mix at the finish line.

It worked. Matthews won the stage Thursday, while Christian Vande Velde retained the overall lead.

"I can climb ...

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