Peter Sagan and Kwiatkowski in a war of words before Milan-San Remo

Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe) leads the breakaway onto the Via Roma in Milan-San Remo

Tirreno-Adriatico has only just ended and Milan-San Remo is still four days away, but Peter Sagan ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) and Michal Kwiatkowski ( Team Sky ) have already begun to square off like prize fighters, using their battle in last year's race to raise the stakes for Saturday. Last year Kwiatkowski beat Sagan and Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) in a shoulder-to-shoulder sprint after they got away on the Poggio following Sagan's powerful attack. Kwiatkowski played mind games and bluffed with Sagan in the final kilometres to save his strength for the sprint. Sagan generously led out the sprint in Via Roma thinking he was the strongest, only for Kwiatkowski to beat him at the line. Sagan often says that 'the show' is more important that winning but revealed that he has never wanted to watch the video of last year's race. He is clearly still smarting from that defeat, despite ...

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