Peter Sagan wins Tour of Flanders classic in Belgium solo
Peter Sagan, the World Champion, won the first huge classic race that he has never achieved in his entire career with a solo victory. The event which came to an end on Sunday marked Tour Flanders’ hundredth edition. Peter Sagan denied Fabian Cancellara a win who became the second. Fabian had a record breaking streak over the last four seasons in the race. Sep Vanmarcke came in close, taking the third position. Sagan had taken home the world title last year in September, an event that took place in Richmond, Virginia.
When asked to comment, Sagan said that the race was “…super hard. From the beginning to the end, it was full of gas.” Sagan was spotted celebrating with his wheelie after crossing the finish line. Sagan further says that he finds it hard working with other guys because no one wants to work with him. In his opinion, it is a good idea to drop everybody. After making the first acceleration that splits the group of the best and favorite in Oude Kwaremont, he managed to drop Vanmarcke at Paterberg through a brutal cobbled ascent coupled with a 20 percent maximum gradient. With a 13 kilometer gap, it is not easy catching up with an experienced competitor.
Sagan had a mechanical hitch at 100 kilometers from the finish line and was compelled to change his wheels. After the hitch was corrected, Sagan performed perfectly well in the finale, which further increased his gap with Cancellara.
Sagan paid tribute and dedicated this win to two German riders, Daan Myngheer and Antoine Demoitie, who died last month. He also dedicated the win to Maciej Bodnar, who a crash while taking his training and wished him a quick recovery and to return to race soon.
The 2015 Tour of Flanders winner Alexander Kristoff finished fourth. He cited not being in the best form in the race.
This year, the weather again favored the race. However, it was marred with numerous crashes on the Flemish country roads which were narrow. Greg Van Avermaet, a local competitor, was forced to quit the race after having broken right collarbone.
The Tour of Flanders race forms part of the 5 high-profile classic that are commonly referred to as Monument. These races include Giro di Lombardia, Paris-Roubaix, Milan-San Remo, and Liege-Bastogne-Liege.
Peter Sagan Sagan wins Tour of Flanders. He won his first world champion at Gent-Wevelgem, rainbow jersey. He seems to be ambitious and we expect him to feature and win more of the coming races. He is going to be amongst the top contenders at the Paris-Roubaix which is coming next.