February 04, 2017

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) American Travis McCabe won a crash-marred third stage of the Herald Sun Tour on Saturday, out-sprinting a reduced field over the final kilometers.

McCabe was one of only a handful of riders to emerge from a big pileup with only 1.5 kilometers to go, beating Australians Mitch Docker and Leigh Howard.

''It was hairy. It got really crazy those last few Ks (kilometers), but I pretty much put all my faith and trust in the guys,'' McCabe said.

''It feels great. You always get that high when you win and this was no different.''

Orica-Scott's race leader Damien Howson of Australia and three-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome (Team Sky) were held up in the smash - the second in the last 3.5 kilometers- but emerged unscathed, setting the scene for a close four-lap sprint at Kinglake in the final stage on Sunday.

Howson continues to lead with Australian Jai Hindley in second place, 38 seconds behind. Froome is in sixth place, 1 minute, 12 seconds behind Howson.

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