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by Mark Zalewski
March 28, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Gullen, Bradbury go 1-2 for JLT Condor on second stage of Tour de Taiwan; Wildcard invites named for Vuelta a España; Sagan critical of Terpstra in Gent-Wevelgem finale, motivated for Flanders; No penalty for Sagan sheltering in Gent-Wevelgem finale; Lotto Soudal looking to turn things around at Three Days of De Panne; Brasilian continental team previously suspended for multiple doping positives again in hot water; Increased security measures for Tour of Flanders; Cancellara talks about life and plans post-retirement; Van Avermaet’s Strava from Gent-Wevelgem win; Direct Energie sponsorship renewed for at least two years; Bus driver who pushed cyclist ordered to pay penalty; 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour – Focus on ORICA-Scott; 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour – Gent-Wevelgem highlights; Descending on a fixie.
World champ Peter Sagan (BORA-hansgrohe) was critical of Niki Terpstra (Quick-Step Floors) in the finale of Gent-Wevelgem, as they rode in pursuit of eventual winner Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) and Jens Keukeleire (ORICA-Scott), saying Terpstra did not want to work in the end. The two were in the first chase group along with Søren Kragh Andersen (Sunweb) and at one point closed the gap to only eight seconds before allowing it to grow again.
“I just don’t know what Terpstra wanted to do,” said Sagan who won the race last year. “He attacked to go in the breakaway and afterwards he doesn’t want to work. This is just one example of how you can lose the race against me.
“What can I do? I am not his teammate. I’m not going to work, for what, for him to beat me in the sprint afterwards? I can decide today who wins.”
“It’s a missed opportunity,” Terpstra said. “It went wrong for me and the team, but I’m happy that the shape is good and the team is OK. And that I didn’t fall, because there were times I was in a crash and didn’t fall. Also Sagan was frustrated, we both let the gap open. Andersen didn’t do anything, almost, and that was the biggest frustration for both me and Sagan. It wasn’t for me to close the gap, and then they were gone.”
Sagan said the near win is giving him extra motivation for the win next Sunday at the Tour of Flanders.
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