Peter Sagan navigates changed sprint landscape to complete Tour de France hat-trick

Peter Sagan on the Tour de France podium after winning stage 13

The crossing of the Alps devastated the field of sprinters on this Tour de France , but Peter Sagan ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) seems singularly inured to the hardships that his fellow fast men must endure in order to survive the mountains. Most of the usual landmarks in a bunch sprint were absent at the finish of stage 13 in Valence – Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data), Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin), Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors), Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) and André Greipel (Lotto Soudal) were all forced out over the previous 48 hours – but Sagan didn’t need a map to orient himself in this shifting topography as he claimed his third stage win of the Tour. It was different kind of sprint but a familiar kind of outcome. "It's changed, yes, because the few teams that want to work are not here anymore," Sagan said of Friday's sprint. "There are maybe three or ...

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