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d-s3 said:
I enjoyed that read very much. Thanks for posting!

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This Wednesday Alberto Contador was premiered as a commentator on Eurosport, specifically the Tirreno Adriatico, a competition he has played three times and won in 2014.

The start of the 'Race of the 2 Seas' was a team time trial, in which BMC has flown to achieve victory. At the moment in which Peter Sagan and his Bora began to compete, Alberto Contador has undone in praise for the three-time world champion.

Seeing that Sagan dropped down as the last unit of the team at the beginning, he half-jokingly pointed out that he was doing it so that he would not take out his teammates with an infernal rhythm, going on to praise the figure of his teammate in the Tinkoff .

"Does things that seem easy, but are very difficult"

"Peter Sagan is the best talent I've seen. It's a super class, capable of doing amazing things. For me it has been an honor and a pleasure to share equipment with him ". It was a time when the person who was the highest leader of the team (crazy Oleg? :D ) always seemed to take sides with Sagan, but Alberto recalled that "we got along really well. For me it was a plus to ride with him. He was a perfect rider, especially generous. "

And he added: "He is one of the cyclists that you enjoy watching (doing) things that seem easy, but that are very difficult, almost impossible to do for any other rider".
 
As we saw last July, Sagan has a big fan base, mostly in his home country. The punk immature behavior is hard to forget, but he was young. OK.

He should stop the flamboyant stuff...and win. He's the most talented rider that I have seen since Hinault, but now he's a clown. Win baby, win.
 
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Tonton said:
As we saw last July, Sagan has a big fan base, mostly in his home country. The punk immature behavior is hard to forget, but he was young. OK.

He should stop the flamboyant stuff...and win. He's the most talented rider that I have seen since Hinault, but now he's a clown. Win baby, win.
You want him to be somebody else, that won't happen.

While he does not appear to be very smart, but he has the wisdom to see the wider picture:
1) this sport (no, every sport), is at the end an entertainment for the fans. Many for whatever reasons refuse to see that. ( Yes, many sports, including cycling and e.g. football have a strong participatory element. Still, looking from sufficiently far away, the primary purpose of the top cyclists/footballers is to entertain/inspire the masses.)

2) He gets more recognition/fans/$$ by riding with panache (and providing show for the fans) and winning some, then by being focused only on wins (riding conservatively, skipping the showy stuff) and winning a bit more.

At the end, he should be winning more, but very often (much more than any other rider) he is put into impossible situation (remember his Tour de France with 5 breakaways in a row, and not a single win?) .

Be happy that he is riding the way he is riding ... otherwise the sport will be much more boring. There were already voices before Strade Bianche that the early season races were very underwhelming ... guess what? Sagan was not there to animate them...

Btw, Sagan's fan base is way beyond his (quite small) home country ... and for a good reason. And many of his detractors are from the fans of riders (e.g. Alaphilippe) overshadoved by Sagan...
 
DonEsteban said:
While he does not appear to be very smart, but he has the wisdom to see the wider picture:
1) this sport (no, every sport), is at the end an entertainment for the fans. Many for whatever reasons refuse to see that. ( Yes, many sports, including cycling and e.g. football have a strong participatory element. Still, looking from sufficiently far away, the primary purpose of the top cyclists/footballers is to entertain/inspire the masses.)
Yeah, but at the same time, any sport would be *** boring if winning was just a matter of math and science, comparing watts/hour, strength/weight, acceleration-top speed, etc. Even simple sports like 100m sprint or weightlifting have elements of tactics and mind games.

If everybody was playing by Sagan's rules, yeah, he would win almost every *** race he wants, but how exciting would that be?

If that's the way Sagan wants to be - fair play to him. But then it's a bit weak to complain about other riders doing whatever it is they can to win with the tools they have.
 
Valv.Piti said:
"I don't care about the victories, it's more about the show"

Oh please, I don't even wanna read that article. Thats pretty much why I never will be able to like or root for Sagan..
I think headline was rather misleading...I read .............coming 2nd is ok if it's in a good style
........but coming 1st is better

not sure about sagan's beef with kwacka.........is it just something to feed the journo's? MSR
is hardly a race that can be won in grand style

still love sagan..........'cos most pro cyclists are as boring as...................

Mark L
 
I always liked sagan and his style of racing but right now he behaves like a child. Even he has to understand that what kwiat did was the only right thing to do and saying he didn't want to win this way is rubbish. He wins most of his races without attacking, and hey, if making a show is more important than winning why did he wait for the sprint in races like Bergen. It's like a kid whose team loses a football game and then with tears in its eyes claims if they wanted they easily could have won because actually they are way better
 
Gigs_98 said:
I always liked sagan and his style of racing but right now he behaves like a child. Even he has to understand that what kwiat did was the only right thing to do and saying he didn't want to win this way is rubbish. He wins most of his races without attacking, and hey, if making a show is more important than winning why did he wait for the sprint in races like Bergen. It's like a kid whose team loses a football game and then with tears in its eyes claims if they wanted they easily could have won because actually they are way better
Yeah, I can't take it seriously really. Playing for the media is how I best can describe it, polishing his image as the the cool guy, the entertainer! Christ, he has won 3 WCs in a row where he has been COMPLETELY anonymous until the last 200 metres safe for his first title in Richmond where he attacked from where, 4 km out?
 
Part of it is lazy reporting. Journalists know that if they poke him around long enough, they will get a soundbite eventually that they can use, leaving out the rest. He starts off saying that winning is what matters, more so than style of racing:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7AGQ7lT8RfA

How would you like to win, what is the dream scenario for you?
-Important is to win. How you win, it doesn't matter. Well, important to win.

...

But for sure, he prefers to win with style and to put on a show. You can see he tries to deflect some of the pressure there is for him to win, and why he hasn't won it yet.
 
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Netserk said:
Part of it is lazy reporting. Journalists know that if they poke him around long enough, they will get a soundbite eventually that they can use, leaving out the rest. He starts off saying that winning is what matters, more so than style of racing:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7AGQ7lT8RfA

How would you like to win, what is the dream scenario for you?
-Important is to win. How you win, it doesn't matter. Well, important to win.

...

But for sure, he prefers to win with style and to put on a show. You can see he tries to deflect some of the pressure there is for him to win, and why he hasn't won it yet.
Thank you for the link, that were probably the most reasonable responses I´ve heard form him. I just don´t get the journalists. How can they just keep asking those stupid questions over and over again.
If somebody would ask such questions I would stop talking to him for wasting my time.
 
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tomorrow said:
Netserk said:
Part of it is lazy reporting. Journalists know that if they poke him around long enough, they will get a soundbite eventually that they can use, leaving out the rest. He starts off saying that winning is what matters, more so than style of racing:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7AGQ7lT8RfA

How would you like to win, what is the dream scenario for you?
-Important is to win. How you win, it doesn't matter. Well, important to win.

...

But for sure, he prefers to win with style and to put on a show. You can see he tries to deflect some of the pressure there is for him to win, and why he hasn't won it yet.
Thank you for the link, that were probably the most reasonable responses I´ve heard form him. I just don´t get the journalists. How can they just keep asking those stupid questions over and over again.
If somebody would ask such questions I would stop talking to him for wasting my time.
#fakenews
 
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Gigs_98 said:
I always liked sagan and his style of racing but right now he behaves like a child. Even he has to understand that what kwiat did was the only right thing to do and saying he didn't want to win this way is rubbish. He wins most of his races without attacking, and hey, if making a show is more important than winning why did he wait for the sprint in races like Bergen. It's like a kid whose team loses a football game and then with tears in its eyes claims if they wanted they easily could have won because actually they are way better
Yeah, I can't take it seriously really. Playing for the media is how I best can describe it, polishing his image as the the cool guy, the entertainer! Christ, he has won 3 WCs in a row where he has been COMPLETELY anonymous until the last 200 metres safe for his first title in Richmond where he attacked from where, 4 km out?
Even though you picked these three victories out of his 100, lets break it down.

Richmond 4 km is not enough to be NOT anonymous?
Doha? Bunch sprint!
Bergen too, but you probably deliberately ignore the "missing" coverage from Bergen, where he definitely wasnt "anonymous".

Compare it to the wheelsucking of Kwia for seven! kilometers behind Peter and overtaking him on the final meters.

Thats something completely different, dont you think?
 
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Screecher said:
Once again an overwhelming favorite to win and once again a huge fail. I really hope he gets it right at least in 1 classic this spring.
I don't think it was such a fail. They underestimated nibali yes, but not only sagan and bora, but also other teams and riders. Just look at the panic in peloton when nibali got such a gap so quickly. Bahrain Merida just started the show a little sooner than expected end executed it perfectly.

What I don't get is what was bora doing, at first the attack of burghard and at the same time, they were placed all over the peloton, and imho their only responsibility was to be aligned at the front a either control such attempts from the start or do exactly tha same for Sagan as BM did for Nibali.
They are very strong, but they should get much more organized, because it seems they are seriously overthinking things. They should just do a Boratrain in classics, they have the numbers for that.
 
"I knew that if I went solo and chased, we'd get him but the problem was that nobody reacted, they were all expecting me, so I said: Okay. I told myself: Vincenzo wins or we'll catch him. We didn't catch and that's okay."

IMO San Remo 2017 was breaking point for Sagan. He is more conservative after that. I think it is against his nature and it doesnt work very well. He won that way WC though. I am curious about cobbled classics. I hope he will be more active than last year.
 
At Richmond Worlds he was doing his best to totally hide within the peloton until those last couple of Ks. We have a ton of pictures of the field as they rode by and have a grand total of 1 picture that he's in. We were watching from a spot where we saw them twice per lap. When they were on the opposite side of the road we got a lot more individual pictures of riders and when they came by on our side of the road we got a lot of field pictures. There were a lot of riders that were easy to find, Sagan was basically invisible. We did end up with a couple of field pictures that have his brother in them.
 
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I think the Bora's main fail was when they let Nibali get 20s. Burghardt and/or Oss should had been prepared and should had reacted much sooner; this is more on DS than Sagan himself.

On the second part of Poggio Oss & Sagan did a lot of work, bringing Nibali's lead down to 11s, downhill obviously Sagan did his thing, but Nibali went for the win, so was obviously more aggressive.

The second crucial moment was when Trentin went up and Sagan could not/did not follow. He probably did not want to do too much, signalling others to help ... they did not, so he sat "I am not going to tow you, if you want to win, you better do the work". Kwiatek had no plan B, apparently neither others, so it took time to organize the chase ... the time which was lacking at the end.

Maybe he should had gone with Trentin and worked with him to catch Nibali ... but with Kwiatek on his wheel, most likely he would have not gotten free. And maybe he simply did not have legs...

Anyway, worthy winner ... it is getting more and more likely Sagan will never win MSR (too much riding against him, him getting tired of this and possibly retiring from road racing after his contract expires).
 
In slovak television RTVS they gave interwiev with Sagan and he told he had something with gearings and chain so he didnt sprint properly. I dont know if it is true but Sagan himself told that. He also said something like " Why should I catch attackers everytime by myself". And he told he praise Nibali win.
 

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In slovak television RTVS they gave interwiev with Sagan and he told he had something with gearings and chain so he didnt sprint properly. I dont know if it is true but Sagan himself told that. He also said something like " Why should I catch attackers everytime by myself". And he told he praise Nibali win.
Unfortunately for Sagan, He is the strongest rider in the peloton so everybody would be looking at Him to close any dangerous attacks down. It's the same boat Cancellera was in a few years ago at the cobbles classic. Riders simply stuck His wheel like Glue because of who He is.
 
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Sagan: ‘I told myself Vincenzo wins or we’ll catch him’

I wonder if this happens a lot to Sagan, his brain thinking up tautological statements. "I crash or I don't", "Kwiato outsprints me or he doesn't"
 
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tomorrow said:
Screecher said:
Once again an overwhelming favorite to win and once again a huge fail. I really hope he gets it right at least in 1 classic this spring.
I don't think it was such a fail. They underestimated nibali yes, but not only sagan and bora, but also other teams and riders. Just look at the panic in peloton when nibali got such a gap so quickly. Bahrain Merida just started the show a little sooner than expected end executed it perfectly.

What I don't get is what was bora doing, at first the attack of burghard and at the same time, they were placed all over the peloton, and imho their only responsibility was to be aligned at the front a either control such attempts from the start or do exactly tha same for Sagan as BM did for Nibali.
They are very strong, but they should get much more organized, because it seems they are seriously overthinking things. They should just do a Boratrain in classics, they have the numbers for that.
same in Strade...
 
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Jungle Cycle said:
tomorrow said:
Screecher said:
Once again an overwhelming favorite to win and once again a huge fail. I really hope he gets it right at least in 1 classic this spring.
I don't think it was such a fail. They underestimated nibali yes, but not only sagan and bora, but also other teams and riders. Just look at the panic in peloton when nibali got such a gap so quickly. Bahrain Merida just started the show a little sooner than expected end executed it perfectly.

What I don't get is what was bora doing, at first the attack of burghard and at the same time, they were placed all over the peloton, and imho their only responsibility was to be aligned at the front a either control such attempts from the start or do exactly tha same for Sagan as BM did for Nibali.
They are very strong, but they should get much more organized, because it seems they are seriously overthinking things. They should just do a Boratrain in classics, they have the numbers for that.
same in Strade...
Tbf, I think burghard didn't want to attack but tried to shred the peloton to distance some sprinters. The problem was that his pace was so high that BM, who at that point wanted a sprint with colbrelli, thought "why the hell should we follow this pace if we want colbrelli to be fresh for the sprint?" Bora probably should have set a high pace on the cipressa instead.
But the real question is why everything collapsed when nibali attacked. Where was burghard then, why didn't oss chase immediately, why on earth were they banking on sky to chase although they had 0 interest in a sprint and how is it possible that despite such a strong team sagan himself led the chase on the descent? For sure a lot went wrong for them
 

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