Peter Sagan ended his run of near misses by winning stage three of the Vuelta.
Sagan’s Tinkoff Saxo team controlled the peloton in the later stages of the 158.4 km ride from Mijas to Málaga.
Despite a break from a handful of riders the stage was always expected to end with a sprint finish in the centre of Málaga and that’s what happened.
After the break was over the sprint was on.
German John Degenkolb burst out with blistering speed but Sagan and former French national champion Nacer Bouhanni were even faster.
Sagan eventually hit the line first ahead of Bouhanni for his first win since the Tour of California in May and his first win in a Grand Tour since the 2013 Tour de France.
Colombian Esteban Chaves finished safely in the bunch to retain the overall race lead five seconds ahead of Dutch rider Tom Dumoulin.