Peter Sagan: Strade Bianche lived up to its reputation

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) in the group

Peter Sagan ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) preferred not to stop after finishing eighth at Strade Bianche , pedalling as fast as possible through the passionate tifosi that had invaded the finish area in Piazza del Campo. Sagan spent all of the 184 kilometres and five hours of racing protected in a black rainbow cape covering up his white world champion’s jersey. He was not strong enough to go with the attacks of Romain Bardet, Wout van Aert and then Tiesj Benoot but tried to close the gap several times from the chase group. He fought his way up the steep climb to Siena, finishing 2:08 behind Benoot. Sagan had played down his chances of success after only recently completing an altitude training camp and the wet and muddy conditions meant there was nowhere to hide in this year’s Strade Bianche. As usual, Sagan tried to see the positive side of his ...

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