Tour de France - Peter Sagan: In sprints you can win or lose by a very small margin
Jul 07 2019 12:51 am CET

Tour de France - Peter Sagan: In sprints you can win or lose by a very small margin
Tour de France - Peter Sagan: In sprints you can win or lose by a very small margin
Peter Sagan (c)Bora-hansgrohe / VeloImages

Bora-hansgrohe's Peter Sagan has finished in the second place of the opening stage in the Tour de France. The Slovak was beaten by Mike Teunissen by centimetres.

The German team was part of the controlling forces in the peloton at the first stage of La Grande Boucle and managed to keep Sagan protected at all times. The former World Champion was one of the favourites to take the first Yellow Jersey of the race but Teunissen was just fastest than he at the finish line.

"As always, the first stage of the Tour de France is hectic," the former World Champion said. "There was an early break of four riders and our guys worked to keep them under control. In a critical point a few km before the intermediate sprint, Bora-hansgrohe put the hammer down as we entered the pavé section, split the peloton and caught the break, giving me the opportunity to take the full 20 points there. We then kept a strong pace with the final kilometres being nervous with some crashes in the group.

"I was well-positioned for the bunch sprint and in good form. It was a bit unusual as it seemed 300m to the finish everybody was stopped. I accelerated, gave my best but was edged out in a photo finish, by a few centimetres. That's part of the race and the sprints, you can win or lose by a very small margin. The Tour de France has just started, we have three long weeks ahead of us and we will fight in every stage."




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