auscyclefan94 wrote:Yes he does say this
But when you are not able to go with the leaders and stay with them then you don't have the legs. He wasn't as strong as the front guys for the distance. It is a matter of fact. He also made some mistakes in regards to positioning and when he was riding on the front. I also believe that Sagan is more suited to Flanders because of his lighter frame, climbing abilities and punch. Roubaix suits larger riders who can power on the flat more who have a large diesel.
It was not the distance, but bad luck. I will put here an excerpt from his interview in slovak. Among other things, he mentioned that at first he had problems with "derailleur"(i hope google translated this one correctly), so he had to swith his bike, then he returned to the peloton by himself, without any help from his teammates, that he had problems with brakes, he had to wait for car, but they didn't have any spare bike, so they only provisourly fixed the brakes, caught the peloton alone again, than after some kms brakes were down again, so sagan desperately threw his bike into the bushes and waited for the car with fixed original one, than he return to peloton again alone. And then, in the first ascent to patterberg he was blocked by the fall and had to cath the leaders alone again.
So that's why he had not enough strenght to respond to Boonen's coutner attack. Honestly, given the circumstances, I think that the 5th place is pretty amazing.