Peter Sagan is still searching for his first Tour de France win since 2013 after coming third on stage one. The Tinkoff rider described the opening stage as “boring” and was disgruntled by the amount of tension in the peloton.
“There was a lot of stress in the group for nothing, and then in the final there were the usual guys at the front. Personally I’m very happy with my third place today and it’s a nice way to start the race. I didn’t have any problems in the finish and I can be happy with my result.”, Sagan told the media.
Tomorrow’s stage will take riders 183km around the Cotentin Peninsula. Starting in Saint-Lô a little way south of today’s finish. The three categorised climbs early in the day shouldn’t trouble riders too much, however the third category ascent to the race’s first uphill finish could challenge some of the fast men looking to contest the win. This could be a day for the all-rounders.
Looking ahead, Sport Director Sean Yates saw that stage 2 was more suited to Peter’s strengths, and today’s ride showed he was bringing good form to the race. “Tomorrow’s sprint is more suited to Peter and if he’s strong like today he should be right up there again. There’s no 3km rule, so we’ll have to be up there at the end to the line with Alberto.”
The Spanish rider was now looking to see how the next few days would pan out after his crash today, but was pleased it wasn’t worse. “Fortunately, I don’t have to go home and I will try to go through the following days in the best way possible so that I reach the mountains recovered. We will go to the hotel and assess the situation. When I place my shoulder in a certain position I am worried. As I said, it’s important to apply ice and as the days pass I will feel more pain. However, the Tour doesn’t finish here. We have to be optimistic and focus on the following hours in order to rest and recover as much as possible for tomorrow morning.”
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