Peter Sagan takes overall victory at Tour of Slovakia
Sep 20 2021 08:42 am CET

Peter Sagan takes overall victory at Tour of Slovakia
Peter Sagan takes overall victory at Tour of Slovakia
Photo of Peter Sagan (c)Bora-hansgrohre/Christof Kreutzer

Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe) has taken the overall victory at the Tour of Slovakia after finishing second in the last stage.

The fourth stage of the Slovakian competition was 159.2 kilometres long between Trencianske Teplice and Trnava over a rolling route that featured two climbs of the third category and one of the second. The stage started with Sagan in the GC lead, followed by Alvaro Hodeg at only two seconds and Jannik Steimle at five.

Bora-hansgrohe made sure to control the pace of the pack and control every intermediate sprint, so none of the rivals would take some valuable seconds. Sagan managed to collect some seconds on the way and the rhythm set by his team was so high that caused a break in the peloton, but Steimle was in front with him -while Hodeg was in the group behind- so it was essential for the rider to perform well at the final sprint.

Sagan delivered a good sprint and finished in the second position behind Itamar Einhorn (Israel Start-Up Nation) -who didn't represent any risk for him. Steimle stepped on the second place of the final podium and Cees Bol (Team DSM) on the third.

"This is a special day," said Sagan. "It is my first ever participation in the Tour of Slovakia, so claiming the overall victory makes me very happy. I would have liked to get some stage wins, but I think the yellow jersey is more important. I'd like to thank my teammates for their tremendous work and dedication in the race, we were the protagonists on every stage and our strong effort paid off with the overall victory. Today, we made the race very hard right from the start and put Deceuninck-Quickstep in trouble.

"They stayed with Alvaro in the climb and then had a really hard time getting back. In every climb, we gave it our all and went all-in. We managed to stay in the front, in a group of about 20 riders, and started working with DSM and Bike Exchange to maintain the lead from the peloton. We were successful and made it to the finish. In the finale, I was focused on beating Jannik in the sprint. I took second on the line, so that is a good result. Last but certainly not least, I'd like to thank the race organisers for holding such a great event. The Tour of Slovakia has nothing to envy of other races."

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