In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Kristoff wins second stage of De Panne, Gilbert extends lead; Avila wins a second stage at Tour de Taiwan; Better than ever at Spring Classics, Durbridge sets his eyes on Flanders and Roubaix; Hall closes in on Allegaert as the Indian Pacific Wheel Race approaches its final 1,000km; Keukeleire out of De Panne with Achilles injury; 15 riders, including stage winner Gilbert, fined for riding sidewalks at De Panne opener; Gamesmanship between Quick-Step Floors and Sagan heading into Flanders; Van Avermaet confident heading into Flanders; Bouhanni extends with Cofidis for two years; Gaviria leaves Classics to focus on Giro; Team Sunweb gives injury updates; Bernard Hinault inducted into Giro hall of fame; Phil Gaimon’s “Worst Retirement Ever,” episode 1: Palomar; Cross is not coming (yet).
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There is a developing tension between world champion Peter Sagan (BORA-hansgrohe) and the Quick-Step Floors team, following Sagan’s criticism of Niki Terpstra at Gent-Wevelgem. In response the team’s Classics director Wilfried Peeters told Cyclingnews that the team will not necessarily work with the world champion on Sunday in the Tour of Flanders.
“We try to win… but if we don’t win then he loses,” Peeters said. “It’s normal for him now [to complain about others not working with him]. Why have too much respect for Sagan? I’m not saying we’re not riding with him; we won’t give 100 percent support – that’s something different.”
While Sagan has shown he is one of the strongest riders this year, another revelation is that he does not have the team support like that of a deep Quick-Step Floors outfit.
“You can see there are two riders who are the strongest, and that’s Sagan and [Greg] Van Avermaet – everybody knows it. That ranking is the real ranking, and we are for sure behind,” said Peeters. “We have more guys – sometimes that’s a good thing, sometimes it’s a bad thing.
“We were in a situation where we had two fast riders behind, and we didn’t need to support the break 100 percent if we weren’t sure we could win,” he said regarding Gent-Wevelgem. “There was a miscommunication, but we said ‘some turns but not full gas – support the break and we look at what to do in the final two kilometres. If the bunch comes back we have another option. We don’t need to pull and bring other guys to the finish.'”
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