Rui Costa wins 3rd straight Tour de Suisse

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Updated: Sun, 22 Jun 2014 01:15:13 EST

SAAS-FEE, Switzerland (AP) — World road champion Rui Costa won his third straight Tour de Suisse on Sunday after clinching the ninth and final stage.

The 27-year-old Portuguese made his move with 2.4 kilometers (1.5 miles) of the 156.7-kilometer mountainous stage to go. Costa finished 14 seconds ahead of Dutch cyclist Bauke Mollema and 24 seconds in front of Switzerland's Mathias Frank.

Frank was second overall, 33 seconds behind Costa, with third-placed Mollema 50 seconds off the pace in the 78th edition of the race.

Costa, of the Lampre-Merida team, started the day in third, 1 minute, 5 seconds behind time trial world champion Tony Martin of Germany, who had been leading since the opening stage.

Martin was unable to respond when the leading group made its break with 48 kilometers to go and the Omega Pharma-QuickStep rider finished in a group 2:18 behind Costa.

The German finished fourth overall, 1:13 off the pace. Dutchman Tom Dumoulin, who started the day second overall, finished in the same group as Martin to slip to fifth.

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