Eneco Tour: Another for Sagan


World Champion Peter Sagan shows the form is on fire with another stage win beating Andre Greipel in a bunch kick

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Eneco Tour: Another for Sagan

With another powerful sprint finish after a hectic finale to the fourth stage of the Eneco Tour, Peter Sagan (Tinkoff)  took another win, his second in two days. It was a bike throw to the line that decided the victory as Peter held off the charge from behind on the headwind finish by Andre Greipel, timing his lunge to perfection to take the win and the 10 second bonus that moves him into the overall race lead, by seven seconds.


Pic: EnecoTour

After finding out that he was indeed the stage winner, Peter told us: “I didn’t know I’d won because it was very close with André and after I was waiting for the final result, but I’m very happy with the win because it’s another case of very good timing with the head wind finish. It was a nervous sprint at the end and I had to hold my line next to Démare, but that’s sprinting.

Looking ahead to tomorrow’s team time trial, Peter added: “I’m happy, it’s good that I got some more seconds from today. We want to make a good team time trial and do our best and we’ll see how it goes.”

The day’s break, with Briain’s Mark McNally in it for the second day running and going for sprint points, initially started with two before two more jumped across the gap in the early stages of the race. … continued after advert2016_ShuttVeloRapideAdvert

With Peter so close to the top of the GC, Tinkoff was one of the teams that helped control the peloton, but the catch came earlier than expected with still over 50km to race. From here, the attacks came thick and fast, with several groups moving clear and the guys needing to stay attentive to what moves were going up the road. To make things more difficult, the race had entered the tough finishing circuit with cobblestones and two climbs to negotiate.

Eventually, two riders pulled clear and the pace was fast but controlled behind for the last 30km. These two were swept up in the final kilometres from which point another hectic sprint unravelled. Holding his position in the line, then jumping at just the right moment, Peter was able to power clear and timed it to perfection to hold off a fast closing André Greipel (Lotto Soudal) from behind, giving him his third win in five days.


Pic: EnecoTour


Pic: EnecoTour

As well as taking the white jersey of race leader, Peter extends his lead in the points classification with three stages remaining.

Aalter – St-Pieters-Leeuw

1 Peter Sagan TINKOFF 4:42:12
2 André Greipel LOTTO SOUDAL 0:00:00
3 Alexander Kristoff TEAM KATUSHA 0:00:00
4 Arnaud Demare FDJ 0:00:00
5 Dylan Groenewegen TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO 0:00:00
6 John Degenkolb TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN 0:00:00
7 Reinardt Janse van Rensburg DIMENSION DATA 0:00:00
9 Giacomo Nizzolo TREK – SEGAFREDO 0:00:00
10 Luka Mezgec ORICA GreenEDGE 0:00:00

72 Ben Swift TEAM SKY 0:00:00
81 Ryan Mullen CANNONDALE 0:00:00
83 Alex Dowsett MOVISTAR TEAM 0:00:00
103 Geraint Thomas TEAM SKY 0:00:00
117 Jack Bauer CANNONDALE 0:00:00
132 Luke Rowe TEAM SKY 0:06:48

1 Peter Sagan TINKOFF 13:17:29
2 Rohan Dennis BMC RACING TEAM 0:00:07
3 Jos Van Emden TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO 0:00:12
4 Andriy Grivko ASTANA PRO TEAM 0:00:20
5 Jasha Sütterlin MOVISTAR TEAM 0:00:21
6 Martin Elmiger IAM CYCLING 0:00:21
7 Wilco Kelderman TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO 0:00:22
8 Matthias Brandle IAM CYCLING 0:00:22
9 Primoz Roglic TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO 0:00:23
10 Taylor Phinney BMC RACING TEAM 0:00:23
11 Marcel Kittel ETIXX – QUICK STEP 0:00:24
12 Alex Dowsett MOVISTAR TEAM 0:00:25
13 Tony Martin ETIXX – QUICK STEP 0:00:25
14 Jon Izaguirre Insausti MOVISTAR TEAM 0:00:26
15 Ramunas Navardauskas CANNONDALE 0:00:26
16 Tom Dumoulin TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN 0:00:27
17 Soren Kragh Andersen TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN 0:00:28
18 Niki Terpstra ETIXX – QUICK STEP 0:00:28
19 André Greipel LOTTO SOUDAL 0:00:28
20 Nelson Filipe Santos Simoes Oliveira MOVISTAR TEAM 0:00:29



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