Sagan finally takes his first victory in the rainbow jersey

Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) finally took what has been a long overdue first win in the rainbow jersey when he claimed a second victory in Gent-Wevelgem. Having attacked hard on the Kemmelberg, he joined forces with Sep Vanmarcke (LottoNL-Jumbo), Fabian Cancellara (Trek) and Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Katusha) to keep an elite chase group at bay and then took an easy sprint win. 

Kuznetsov launched the sprint but Sagan reacted immediately. It briefly looked like the Russian would take the win but when Sagan went full gas, the outcome was never in doubt. He had plenty of time to celebrate his win before Vanmarcke with a fast finish managed to cross the line in second. Kuznetsov took third while Cancellara sat down and had to settle for fourth.

In the finale, Benoot, Grivko and Rowe made a late attack but they were brought back on the finishing straight. Instead, it was Demare who beat Gaviria in the sprint to take fifth.

With Gent-Wevelgem done and dusted, the attention now turns to the Driedaagse van de Panne which runs from Tuesday to Thursday and is the final chance to prepare for Sunday’s Tour of Flanders which is the next WorldTour race.

Gent-Wevelgem 2016 results:

1 Peter Sagan (Tinkoff)

5:55:16

2 Sep Vanmarcke (LottoNl-Jumbo)

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3 Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Katusha)

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4 Fabian Cancellara (Trek-Segafredo)

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5 Arnaud Demare (FDJ)

+12”

6 Fernando Gaviria (Etixx – QuickStep)

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7 Jurgen Roelandts (Lotto Soudal)

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8 Jacopo Guarnieri (Katusha)

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9 Greg Van Avermaet (BMC)

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10 Michael Morkov (Katusha)

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