In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Peter Sagan wins the inaugural European Championships road race; Anna van der Breggen wins at the European Championships; Fernando Gaviria takes out the Primus Classic Impanis – Van Petegem; Joe Cooper and Lucy Kennedy win at the National Capital Tour; Iranian Paralympian dies after road race crash; Tour de l’Avenir winner David Gaudu signs with FDJ; Ben Swift leaves Team Sky for TJ Sport/Lampre setup; Kirsten Wild signs with Cylance for 2017; Driver high-fives their mate after dooring a cyclist.
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Peter Sagan’s stellar 12 months have continued with the world champion winning the inaugural elite European road race championships in France over the weekend.
Racing for his home nation of Slovakia, Sagan comfortably beat Julian Alaphilippe (France) and Dani Moreno (Spain) in an uphill sprint to the line in Plumelec.
“I’m extremely happy to be the first ever European Road Champion and it’s an honour for me to take the Slovak colors to the highest spot of the podium,” Sagan said. “As expected, it was a long and tough race, but in the final lap my legs were strong and I thought I had what it took to jump at the opportunity when it arose.
“I waited until I felt the timing was right to attack and take my chance, although it wouldn’t have been possible without the dedicated work of all my Slovak teammates. I dedicate this victory to them as well as the entire country of Slovakia and I congratulate all riders of Tinkoff for their effort in this European Championship.”
— peloton® (@pelotonmagazine) September 19, 2016
The early running was made by a group of four that got clear early in the circuit race. A series of moves came with 50km to go as the last of the attackers was brought within a minute. The race was eventually brought back together in the closing laps before Sagan made his move around the last corner, powering to a commanding victory.
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