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by Shane Stokes
April 4, 2017
Photography by Kristof Ramon
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Matthews wins Stage 1 of Vuelta al Pais Vasco; D’Hoore takes Grand Prix de Dottignies; Uncertainty over Vanmarcke’s Roubaix participation; Phinney could be back for Paris-Roubaix; No major issues for Sagan after Flanders crash, video clarifies how fall happened; Cancellara calls Sagan position on Kwaremont a mistake; Ferrari handed 18-month prison sentence, will appeal; Greipel sets sights on Scheldeprijs; Tour of the Battenkill adds UCI event for 2017; No uphill Mogollon finish for Tour of the Gila this year; Title sponsor of Wellens-managed Steylaerts-Verona team extends for two years; 2017 Women’s Ronde van Vlaanderen Highlights; 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour: Focus on Chantal Blaak
Recently retired Classics star Fabian Cancellara said that Peter Sagan’s decision to ride so close to the barriers on the final ascent of the Oude Kwaremont, resulting in a crash that took him out of contention, was a mistake.
“We saw what happened, I don’t say the word but it’s like just a mistake,” Cancellara told Cycling Weekly after the race “You don’t ride so close just to be smoother, it was bad, it was wrong.”
Cancellara made his comments before further video evidence showed that a spectator’s jacket likely caught on the world champion’s handlebars, leading to the crash. While Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) said as much after the race, he still took responsibility for riding in that position.
Cancellara, who won the Tour of Flanders three times, thinks that the pressure placed on Sagan as world champion could be affecting him.
“He has pressure, he has expectation from all over. Everyone is watching him because he’s the rider who has caused damage a lot in the races to win with the way he’s won. Today he made a mistake; he paid,” Cancellara continued.
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