Con­stant threat

Procycling - - THE BIG INTERVIEW -

Con­sis­tency has al­ways been one of Peter Sa­gan’s big­gest strengths. His ver­sa­til­ity on a wide range of ter­rain means he can con­test far more races than many of his ri­vals. This was ex­em­pli ied dur­ing the irst week of this sum­mer’s Tour de France. Sa­gan in­ished in the top 10 on ev­ery one of the race’s open­ing nine stages: in lat bunch sprints, on climbs such as the Mûr de Bre­tagne and across the Roubaix cob­ble­stones. In to­tal, Sa­gan recorded 14 top-10 in­ishes at this year’s Tour, the most he has ever achieved in a sin­gle edi­tion of the race. His three stage vic­to­ries make him one of ive rid­ers who have now won 11 Tour stages in to­tal, along­side An­dré Greipel and Loui­son Bo­bet. But per­haps more re­mark­ably than his vic­to­ries, over the seven Tours Sa­gan has started, he has now in­ished in the top 10 on 68 stages. Of the 130 stages he has rid­den (he only in­ished four of the 2017 Tour be­fore he was sent home) that equates to 52 per cent. Since Sa­gan’s de­but in the race in 2012, 55 of those in­ishes have also been in the top ive. It’s a tally that few rid­ers even come close to.

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