Peter Sagan continued a strong start to the classics season, taking fourth place in the 176km Strade Bianche in Italy. The World Champion was in contention at the race’s finish in Siena until the last few hundred metres, having forced the winning move late in the race to set up a nail-biting finish.
Sagan was positive about his early form. “It is the start of the season and we tried our best today. I’m satisfied I was able to give all I had. Finishing first, third or fourth is part of the sport of cycling.”
Patxi Vila, Sport Director, summed up the outcome. “It was a really hard race today, with 3200m of climbing it’s nearly a mountain stage, and together with all the unpaved sectors it’s a hard day out. We saw last week Peter was racing well so we rode to bring him into best position for the final.”
Vila continued, “Peter was looking good and made the big move on the penultimate sector to form the lead group but lacked a little something at the end. Overall the performance of the team was good, with five guys in the first main group of around 40 heading into the finale, so it was a good situation.
“There were lots of crashes and punctures as you would expect in a race like this, but we managed it quite well today, despite losing Trusov. But he’s OK and is back in the bus with no real problems. So overall we are happy. Obviously we wanted to win and thought we could today, but Cancellara was the strongest at the end. We are on the right line and will keep fighting for the win in the coming races.”
“I’m happy with today’s race.” Sagan said at the finish. “Weather conditions were good and it didn’t rain.I was in the front group but in the finale I didn’t have the legs to go.”
Now the team turns its attention to the Paris-Nice stage race, before Sagan continues his season at the Tirreno-Adriatico on Wednesday.
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