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  • If he stays upright, surely he has the green jersey wrapped up. What a beast.

     

    • clyde

      You can see he’s still got a lot to learn about flat, fast bunch sprints and holding wheels/lines and getting that little bit more top end speed – but once he’s got that sorted, boom.

  • Anonymous

    Loving this guys energy! Nothing like a bit of showboating to light up the finish line!

  • Michal

    Go Peter!

  • RL

    Recon Wiggo should have lost some time last night. I know it was within the last 3 kms but it was far from a traditional sprint stage. What an exciting stage none the less!!

    • clyde

      And if you watch the crash, Wiggo was safely around it before deciding to stop and check his bike. Soft.

      • Gus

        Agree …. I reckon he knew he was going to drop time and took any opportunity he could to stop pedalling. Definitely should have lost time.

        • Derek

          Is that any less tactical than following Fabians wheel, refusing to pass and help only to hang on and jump him at the finish?
          Or to ask for the stage to be nullified because your whole team has crashed so it’s suddenly become too dangerous?
          Carry on about suffering and panache but it’s chess on wheels.

          • Anonymous

            Derek, what Wiggins did (or appeared to do) was dishonest and dishonourable (along with 2 of his team mates). He was trying to make sure he was judged to be ‘involved in the crash’ instead of riding on like all the other guys that were behind the crash. He was set to lose time to Evans and took a way out when it was presented to him. Possibly instructions from the team car as all 3 Sky riders stopped for no apparent reason.

            • Pedro

               I must be missing something – I thought Wiggo got forced up against the barrier and went over the handlebars?

      • Yeah I agree too, but he WAS impeded by the crash and it would have been a pretty game commissar that did not award him the same time. If he did need to pull a stunt like that at such an early stage, one wonders how he will fare later on. If he had been up front like Cadel was it wouldn’t have been an issue in the first place.

    • Anonymous

      Now that I saw this on the overhead replay shot on last night’s SBS coverage, I have lost all respect for Wiggins. What looked probable from the front-on view looked blatantly obvious from the overhead. Mick Rogers (shame on you too Mick – to be part of shit like this) rides up to a crashed rider instead of going round him, then Wiggins rides into Mick and bumps shoulders with him at about 5kph, gets off, checks the back wheel and tries to look like he’s part of the mess. That is the poorest thing I have ever seen in cycling and from a top GC contender too. Shame, shame, shame Bradley Wiggins. While Tomo and Keenan called him on it last night on TV and both agreed that it was ‘a smart move’, I can only disagree in the strongest terms. They also went on to say that Menchov, who was actually affected by the crash, was initially down to lose time, but appealed and was later included with the crash victims. You can see from the footage last night that Menchov was hurrying and trying to limit his time loss. Wiggins, who deserved to lose time, took the coward’s and cheat’s way out.

  • Mars

    Question : Can you spell Peter Sagan?

    Answer : P-A-N-A-C-H-E

    I love this guy, he is having so much fun, his celebrations are reminiscent of beating your mates as you are first passing the 60km sign or cresting the next hill.

    I want him to win more stages so I can see his next show.

    Go Cadeelivans!

  • Ed

    Who remembers Sagan during the Willunga Hill stage of the 2010 TdU – he got away with Cadel, Valverde & Luis Leon Sanchez on the final lap. Great company to be in. He is going to win a lot of classics over the next 10 years.

    • Rob

       +1. Get him on the cobbles pronto!

  • Ed

    Who remembers Sagan during the Willunga Hill stage of the 2010 TdU – he got away with Cadel, Valverde & Luis Leon Sanchez on the final lap. Great company to be in. He is going to win a lot of classics over the next 10 years.

  • jules

    how long before he discovers coke?

  • Gus

    No doubt Sagan has the goods …. but he is already coming across as more than a little pretentious. Can he maybe show just a little bit of humbleness? These are Tour Stages, but he is crossing the line like its the final act in a comedy show! Don’t know why … but it is already annoying me.
    Maybe it’s just not in a sprinters nature to be humble …. certainly wasn’t in Robbie McKewans if his book is anything to go by!!

    • mattb

      nah, I get where you’re coming from but I love it.
      I think he is just having fun, and its not at anyone else’s expense.
      If it bothers the other riders, all they have to do is to beat him to stop it.
      After all, we aint saving babies here so its all about fun.

      Lets not sanitise it too much, Cipo, McEwan, Cav all added/add flavour and energy to it, and thats part of what makes the sport great.

      • bracks_ashat

        Atleast his salutes are better than Cavendish’s lame ones. Good on ya Peter, you’re young and full of energy. Enough of this “show some respect” blah blah blah. You’re not going to have everyone behave themselves just for the sake of making one person happy.

    • Pedro

      All these guys are in the entertainment business right? Good on him for entertaining I say.

  • Paolo

    What a role model is Sagan for the kids in Australia, who get fined $50 for raising there arms when winning a race? Haha, keep on dancing Peter, do whatever you want and don’t listen to the haters who would scream and dance if they would get anywhere near of winning a Tour de France stage (or two out of 4 at the age of 22). He seems humble enough off the bike and if anyone has an issue with his celebrations, go out, beat him and he won’t have a  reason to celebrate. Easy as that.

    • jules

      what is this $50 fine you are talking about?

    • Robert Merkel

       Paolo, the rules against salutes in local racing is a safety issue as far as I’m concerned.  Do you want some clown stuffing up their victory salute and crashing in front of you?

      Club racing sprints are chaotic and dangerous enough without throwing that in the mix. 

    • Robert Merkel

       Paolo, the rules against salutes in local racing is a safety issue as far as I’m concerned.  Do you want some clown stuffing up their victory salute and crashing in front of you?

      Club racing sprints are chaotic and dangerous enough without throwing that in the mix. 

      • Paolo

        I understand the safety reason, don’t agree with it.If they would seriously worry about safety, why race with a big bunch of kids/U19/Elite etc. on small roads with oncoming traffic during official races (not talking club races) all the time. Santos North Western Tour anyone? Unlucky crash at a bad time and that’s it. Seems to be more a political , government issue though, unfortunately.  There are definitely bigger safety concerns than a 17 year old boy raising his arms out of the excitement of winning. I just don’t like this rule as it tries to block the show of positive emotions, but that is what sport is about. At least Cadels salutes are usually in line with the aussie rules and the kids are often happy to pay for the enjoyment of crossing the line arms raised. 

  • Anonymous

    I thought all was lost without Tom and Alberto….. but BIG PETE!!!! Bringing a show!!!!!

  • Pedro

    “You are not working, I want more money”…. just about fell off my chair!

  • Anonymous

    https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/105879402976365364869/albums/5654068764391120177/5654071352637706114?authkey=CKve8YXdjfqhXg 
    20 y/o Sagan hanging with the big dogs (Valverde, Sanchez, Evans) at the front on the final Willunga Hill ascent at TDU 2010. Wow.

  • What a great stage to watch. Cav winning that immediate sprint stage was damn impressive. I love the way he just cruised across the line while the others rode their guts out.

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