Dan Martin pipped for stage win in Vuelta a Espana
Daniel Martin was pipped on the line by Australia’s Michael Matthews in today’s third stage of the Vuelta a Espana.
The Irish Garmin-Sharp rider had looked set to snatch the stage himself but Matthews battled past in the closing metres to take the 197.8-kilometre ride from Cadiz to Arcos de la Frontera in a time of five hours, 12 minutes and 14 seconds.
Matthews took the red leader's jersey from Alejandro Valverde after forcing Martin into second place.
The 23-year-old Matthews, who signed a new two-year deal with Orica-GreenEdge last week, is now four seconds ahead of race favourite Nairo Quintana, who in turn is seven seconds clear of Valverde in third.
Martin sits in 24 th place, 39 seconds back with former Tour de France winners Alberto Contador of Spain (Tinkoff-Saxo) and Britain's Chris Froome (Team Sky) 23 and 31 seconds behind Matthews in 12th and 17th places respectively.
Froome’s Irish team-mate Philip Deignan finished the stage in 86 th, 1min 38 secs back and is 76 in the general classification at 2min 9 secs.