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Teams & Riders Peter Sagan discussion thread.

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Sagan 13 victories this year so far... But I wonder who has more runner-up placings than him: 1xTour de San Luis, Strade, MSR, E3, RVV, 1xTdS, 2xTdF (until today). 8 second places so far, interesting pack.
 
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I just heard on the TV that Cav was taking antibiotics from bronchitis right up to the start of the tour.

Duing the intermediate sprints, Cav has looked nowhere near as quick as I would have expected given his pre-tour statements that he is targeting green. He's said in the past that he doesn't race for second place. But racing for second - or any other place that accrues points - is necessary for someone going up against the likes of Sagan et. al, for green. Bummer that he's been sick. It's always fun to watch the best go against the best while they are at 100% health.

Now, after three stages, Sagan has a big lead in points even though he fell on the finale of the first stage and wasn't even able to contest. His lead-out didn't do much to help him on stage 3 and he reacted a bit slowly to the late surge of Orica. Maybe he was remembering going too early at MSR?

It's much to early to say that he's a lock for green, but it's hard to believe that Cav at less that top form or anyone else in the race can expect to consistently out-perform Sagan. Podium girls beware!
 
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Cannondale as a whole, and Sagan in the final kilometer were simply perfect today (Stage 7, 2013).

Sagan's ability to get over the Cat 2 climbs with the lead group while his main rivals for green for a grupetto is why he will either win green, crash out, **** positive, or get sick to finish this TdF.

Sagan still seems to find himself in difficult tactical positions durin the final kilometer - boxed in against the barriers today - but has the burstof speed needed to easily pass a sprinter as strong as Kittel oncy he has some room to maneuver.
 
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TheBean said:
Cannondale as a whole, and Sagan in the final kilometer were simply perfect today (Stage 7, 2013).

Sagan's ability to get over the Cat 2 climbs with the lead group while his main rivals for green for a grupetto is why he will either win green, crash out, **** positive, or get sick to finish this TdF.

Sagan still seems to find himself in difficult tactical positions durin the final kilometer - boxed in against the barriers today - but has the burstof speed needed to easily pass a sprinter as strong as Kittel oncy he has some room to maneuver.

That was Degenkolb he passed.

Great win for Sagan today, and great tactics by him and Cannondale in the green jersey competition, chapeau.

Each of the top 4 sprinters have a win now. But who will have the most by the end? :cool:
 
TheEnoculator said:
The thought just hit me after today's stage: Sagan will be the next Hushovd, transitioning from pure sprinter to classics rider.

There's one issue with that though. Sagan has never been a pure sprinter. He finished 5th in the RvV at 22 years of age.

Now if he loses his top speed he might focus fully on classics, but even then he's more of a well-rounded version of Boonen than Hushovd (and I reckon his palmares will be more Boonen than Hushovd too).
 
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Sagan >>>>>>>>> Hushovd.

He's definately headed in that direction.

But, before it can truly be stated that Sagan is the better of the two, he HAS to win on the Champs as well as winning a world championship.

If and when he accomplishes both of those achievements, there will be no argument that he is the better of the two.
 
TheBean said:
He's definately headed in that direction.

But, before it can truly be stated that Sagan is the better of the two, he HAS to win on the Champs as well as winning a world championship.

If and when he accomplishes both of those achievements, there will be no argument that he is the better of the two.

Winning on the Champs is not that big an achievement.
 
TheBean said:
He's definately headed in that direction.

But, before it can truly be stated that Sagan is the better of the two, he HAS to win on the Champs as well as winning a world championship.

If and when he accomplishes both of those achievements, there will be no argument that he is the better of the two.

Sagan has lots of time. Hushovd won his first bunch sprint at 26, C-E at 28 and Worlds at 32.

WC win for Hushovd was great since Norway was small team there. I think Sagan won't have much team-mates either.
 
Just saw an interview with him after today's stage. He was asked why he didn't make a funny celebration when crossing the line and he replied something along the lines of: "i pointed to the cannondale logo on my chest because i could not have won without my team. Today it wasn't my victory it was the team's."
Very humble and nice guy :)
 
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Sagan has lots of time. Hushovd won his first bunch sprint at 26, C-E at 28 and Worlds at 32.

WC win for Hushovd was great since Norway was small team there. I think Sagan won't have much team-mates either.

Agree, Sagan has already rivaled or almost rivaled (depending on opinion) Hushovd's palmares. And the fact that he's still only 23 and has done that makes him better than Hushovd at the moment IMO.

As for worlds, Sagan will no doubt win more then a few rainbow jerseys IMO. He's too versatile a rider and good on too many forms of terrain to not.