Manuel Cardoso takes win ahead of Valverde

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Manuel Cardoso surprised the big names by snatching stage three of the Tour Down Under today. The Portuguese national champion jumped out of the pack 250 meters from the line, catching everyone else off-guard on a tough rise to the finish.

Caisse d'Epargne had looked threatening all day as they tried to set up the win for Alejandro Valverde. The Spanish team controlled the race on the final undulating circuit and Valverde was always near the front, looking attentive.

But he was caught napping when Cardoso made his move. World Champion Cadel Evans reacted first as he and Valverde closed in on Cardoso all the way to the line.

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Simon Richardson
Magazine editor

Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. He fell in love with cycling 1989 when watching the Tour de France on Channel 4, started racing in 1995 and in 2000 he spent one season racing in Belgium. During his time at CW (and Cycle Sport magazine) he has written product reviews, fitness features, pro interviews, race coverage and news. He has covered the Tour de France more times than he can remember along with two Olympic Games and many other international and UK domestic races. He became the 130-year-old magazine's 13th editor in 2015.