News – Finally, Sagan Gets the Win


After a string of second places, Peter Sagan powered his way to the top step as he sprinted to victory on the penultimate stage of Tirreno-Adriatico

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News – Finally, Sagan Gets the Win

Tinkoff-Saxo’s Peter Sagan powered his way to success, as he sprinted to victory on the penultimate stage of Tirreno-Adriatico. After a long period of multiple second places, Sagan finally got the relief that he had been searching for, thanks to a determined team effort.


After crossing the finish line of stage 6 with a big roar, Sagan tells that he was especially pleased with the way the stage was won. “I’m extremely happy and I would like to thank the entire Tinkoff-Saxo team because today they did a great job. They all helped me, including Alberto Contador who in the last two climbs pulled as hard as he could to break the group. We managed to drop a number of sprinters and pulled for the last 80km of the race until the finish. I’m very happy to have won such a tough stage. It’s a great victory for both the team and myself. Today’s stage couldn’t have gone better”, says Peter Sagan.

Stage 6 of 210km from Rieti took the riders through challenging weather conditions with rain and wind to the seaside town of Porto Sant’Elpidio. Tinkoff-Saxo took to the front of the field with 80km to go after recognizing that several teams were in difficulties. Steven de Jongh explains:

“Today was a very hard stage for the riders, and we had rain from the start, while climbing to 1,000m altitude along the way. It was very, very cold and a lot of the other teams were struggling with the weather. We saw riders all over the place and at one point Bjarne Riis took the decision that we were going to make the race hard on the climb with 80km to go, to drop as many riders as possible”.

“The riders agreed and they did their best all the way to the finish line. When we came down from the climb, Mollema, who had been dropped, came back, but Cavendish was nowhere to be seen and Peter ultimately won a great victory thanks to the team”, comments Steven de Jongh.

Second placed Gerald Ciolek explained after “It was a long, rainy and cold day. I was feeling good, even on the climbs. The team worked great throughout the whole stage and then did a world class leadout in the finale. Sagan just had the better kick in the end. I am really happy to see the whole team going well and working so well together”.

Today is a flat time trial where the Wirral’s Steve Cummings is looking to move up the classification.

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