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by Matt de Neef
March 20, 2017
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Michal Kwiatkowski wins a thrilling Milan-San Remo; Coryn Rivera sprints to victory at Trofeo Alfredo Binda; Kristof Allegaert leads into day 3 of the Indian Pacific Wheel Race; Sagan – Kwiatkowski owes me a few beers; Former Tour de France champion Roger Pingeon dies at 76; Dame Sarah Storey launches elite women’s cycling team; Rwandan cyclist Adrien Niyonshuti’s Grand (Tour) plans; DreamRide II.
Few would doubt that Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) was the strongest rider in Saturday’s Milan-San Remo. The world champion made the move that split the race, he towed his two breakaway companions to the line and was only just beaten after leading out the sprint from the front. But with Kwiatkowski timing his sprint to perfection, Sagan would have to settle for second place; a result the Slovakian wasn’t disappointed with.
Sagan tore the race apart on the Poggio then did most of the work down to the finish in San Remo.
“I’m satisfied. The result is important but so is putting on a show for the fans. The strongest doesn’t always win,” Sagan said. “The only thing missing today was a little bit of co-operation from some other riders. But it’s okay. I did my bit and I’m happy with what I did. That’s cycling. I did a lot of work in the last five kilometres. They did one turn each but that’s normal and it’s clear that they recovered more than I did. I produced a lot of watts in the sprint but I didn’t win.”
Sagan said his devastating move on the Poggio was an instinctual one.
“I hadn’t planned anything because racing depends on the legs you have,” he said. “I didn’t think to go so well. I thought other riders would attack, I don’t know why they didn’t. Perhaps they didn’t have the legs….
Sagan added that Kwiatkowski now “owes me a few beers”.