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by Neal Rogers
July 15, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: A Frenchman on Bastille Day: Barguil fights his way to Stage 13 victory at Tour de France; Albrecht takes Stage 2 victory from breakaway at Thüringen; Barnes outsprints Vos to assume lead in BeNe Ladies Tour; UCI race jury reverses 20-second penalties on Uran, Bennett at Tour de France; Fuglsang abandons Tour de France two days after fracturing wrist, elbow; Sagan to return to Tour de Pologne for first time since winning overall in 2011; American teenage phenom Adrien Costa taking leave of absence from pro cycling; Video: GoPro’s Tour de France Stage 13 highlights; Video: Inside team meetings at the Tour de France.
World champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) will participate in the 74th Tour de Pologne, the UCI WorldTour stage race held July 29-August 4.
Sagan is returning to the roads where he shone in 2011, the year he won the race, clinching the yellow jersey at the end of a head-to-head duel with Dan Martin that lasted all the way to the final stage; Sagan also captured two stage victories and the jersey for the points’ classification. It was an important victory that helped the then 21-year-old Slovak rider to evolve into a major figure in major cycling’s international scene.
“Although six years have passed since my last participation at the Tour de Pologne, I will never forget how I felt in 2011 when I stood on the final podium in Krakow with the yellow jersey,” Sagan said. “It was my first overall victory in a major stage race and one of my best moments as a young rider. I’m happy to announce that I will be back for the 2017 edition and I look forward to an exciting week of racing in Poland. See you in Krakow in two weeks.”