Matthias Kessler celebrates

Germany's Matthias Kessler was caught a hundred metres from the line in Esch-sur-Alzette on Monday but 24 hours later he timed his attack perfectly over the top of the Cauberg climb to win stage three to Valkenberg.

T-Mobile team mate Michael Rogers was the surprise winner of the bunch sprint for second place, five seconds behind Kessler, with Italy's Daniele Bennati (Lampre) third and Tom Boonen (Quick Step) fourth.

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