Giro d'Italia - Peter Sagan: I had to wait a bit to get this result
Oct 14 2020 03:21 am CET

Giro d'Italia - Peter Sagan: I had to wait a bit to get this result
Giro d'Italia - Peter Sagan: I had to wait a bit to get this result

Former World Champion Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe) has taken the victory of the 10th stage at the Giro d'Italia, which is not only his first one in the race but also the first since the 2019 Tour de France.

The last time that the former Slovakian champion celebrated a victory before today's was at the fifth stage of the 2020 edition of the French grand tour. The rider was part of the breakaway of the tenth day of competition of the Italian grand tour and after many attempts finally broke free during the last climb of the day, which gave him a solo victory of the stage.

"I'm very happy with this victory which also has a special meaning to me since it is my first one ever at the Giro d'Italia," said Sagan. "My previous victory was last year at the Tour de France, so I had to wait a bit to get this result. The team and the fans had their expectations, so I owed them a victory. I was on the podium a lot of times but there is a big difference between first and second place. We knew that going in the breakaway would be important today but I can guarantee you it wasn't easy at all. It was very hard, it took a lot of effort and I think the escapees today were the ones with the best legs.

"On top of that, once our group was formed we had to work hard for a long time because the peloton, with Groupama-FDJ in front, also tried hard to bring us back. It took us a long time to build an advantage. In the final climbs, especially the last one, I knew I had to give it my all because I needed to have a gap and then make sure I didn't crash in the last descent. I lost a bit of time there and in the final 7km it was important to go on the limit because behind me there was a group of 10-15 riders that certainly wanted to catch me."



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