Mechanical problem provides mitigation for Peter Sagan at E3 BinckBank Classic

Peter Sagan waves to the crowds at the start

Peter Sagan ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) has long since reached that rarefied level where finishing 4th finish at Milan-San Remo, as he did last weekend, can be qualified with an 'only'. Three-time world champions tend to be held to a higher standard than their rivals. The Slovak may no longer wear the rainbow bands, but he continues to wear a heavy crown as the most assessed and discussed one-day rider in the professional peloton. Although Sagan started his season with a stage victory at the Tour Down Under, he has been visibly short of his usual effervescence since returning to action following his by-now annual February block of training, with a bout of illness ahead of Tirreno-Adriatico seemingly the culprit. Friday's E3 BinckBank Classic was Sagan's first outing on the cobbles this season, but, ultimately, it was difficult to draw firm conclusions from his 17th place finish in Harelbeke, 1:42 behind ...

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