Judg­ing by the re­sults...

Cycling Weekly - - Fitness -

When Patxi Vila started to train Sa­gan in spring 2015, the Slo­vak had al­ready won the Tour’s green jersey three times in a row (from 2012 to 2014), in­di­vid­ual stages at the Tour and the Vuelta, a E3 Harel­beke in 2014 and the Ghent-wevel­gem in 2013 — among other vic­to­ries. And yet, work­ing with Vila, he was set to be­come even more suc­cess­ful.

Win­ning three World Cham­pi­onships in a row is some­thing no­body else has done in the his­tory of the sport. If he wins a fourth — whether or not con­sec­u­tively — he’ll be the very first cy­clist ever to do so. Sa­gan’s other ma­jor suc­cess since team­ing up with Vila have been his two ad­di­tional green jer­seys at the Tour. This year, dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion quashed his chance of match­ing Eric Za­bel’s record of six in a row. He also won the Tour of Flan­ders and an­other Ghent-wevel­gem in 2016, the Grand Prix Cy­cliste de Que­bec in 2016 and 2017, the Tour of Cal­i­for­nia in 2016 and more stages at the Tour and the Vuelta.

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