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Kittel best in Tirreno, Hucker wins in Taiwan, Gaviria out: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

March 13, 2018

Kittel wins stage 6 of Tirreno-Adriatico; Hucker wins stage 2 of the Tour de Taiwan; Fractured hand puts Gaviria out of Milan-San Remo; Sagan shows off sublime bike-handling skills once again; Further scans needed on Eisel’s wrist, Cavendish back training; Tour de France confirms 2020 Grand Départ in Nice; Ageing cyclists display immune system of 20 year olds, plus other health benefits; Long distance solo ride to raise funds for cancer fight; Video: Tomas Slavik’s winning run at Red Bull Valparaiso Cerro Abajo 2018; Video: Dygert’s stunning pursuit world record in the 2018 world track championships

Sagan shows off sublime bike-handling skills once again

by Shane Stokes

World Champion Peter Sagan (SVK/Bora-Hansgrohe) to the start 12th Strade Bianche 2018 Siena > Siena: 184km (ITALY)
Known as one of the best bike handlers in the peloton – an ability which saved him from disaster in Milan-San Remo and other races in the past – Peter Sagan drew on his skill once again on Monday’s penultimate stage of Tirreno-Adriatico.

The world road race champion was behind Fernando Gaviria when the Colombian hit the deck with eight kilometres to go. Footage shows Sagan swerving to avoid the QuickStep Floors rider and while he is seriously off balance, he manages to stay upright.

He then impressed once again after stopping to change a broken wheel. He had the horsepower to come back to the bunch, thread his way through it and take second on the stage.

“The team did a great job all day and we were well positioned in the last kilometres but, unfortunately, in order to avoid hitting the road, I had to brake hard,” Sagan explained. “The riders behind me piled up and my back wheel was damaged, so we had to change it. I was able to come back for the final sprint but I had spent a lot of energy. That’s cycling, there are things you can’t control in a race.”

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