Friday 24 November 2017

Tour de France: Sagan sprints to debut win

Slovakian sensation Peter Sagan took his first ever stage win in his first ever Tour de France road stage yesterday when he outsprinted race leader Fabian Cancellara (Radioshack) and Norwegian champion Edvald Boassen Hagen of Sky atop the Cote de Seraing at the end of stage one in Belgium.

Sagan (21) first came to prominence when he won the Slovak Cup despite having sold his bike in the mistaken belief that a new-found sponsor would have a new one ready for him in time for the race. Unperturbed, he lined up on his sister's commuter bike with poor brakes and dodgy gears -- and duly won the race.

"Vincenzo Nibali looked after me in the run-in to the finish and put me in a good place. The final hill was extremely difficult and I waited to see if I could attack. I wanted to hold on, because I knew it was a long finish," Sagan said after yesterday's win.

Irish Independent

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