Sunday July 1st, 2012

Stage 1Liège / Seraing

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Peter Sagan: «Only I remained with him...»

interview01.07.2012Stage 1- Liège / Seraing

The finish of stage one was touted as one for the strong men and that was confirmed when a trio of Fabian Cancellara, Edvald Boasson Hagen and Peter Sagan found themselves at the front of affairs at the critical time. Two have previously won multiple stages of the Tour but they couldn't follow the Slovakian debutant when he opened up his sprint.

“Yesterday I was a little unhappy because I thought I'd do a better time in the prologue but after an incident… ah, I'm was happy that I didn't crash. Today, after 100 kilometers, I started to think about the win. During the first half of the stage I was feeling not very good but then it was okay. I need to say a very big thank you to all of my team guys because they did very good work the last kilometers – they helped me on the front of the group and it was very dangerous at this time.
“At the finish it was very difficult and very hard in the last three kilometers with the climb. Before the race we spoke with the team manager and we agreed that there was only one rider who was good for this finish – and that's Cancellara, right? And after his effort with an attack, only I remained with him.
“He pulled very hard at the finish and I didn't do a turn of pace because I was at my limit. Afterwards, I was very happy to have won.”

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