Peter Sagan lost his leader’s jersey in the Tour of Poland but feels optimistic about the upcoming stages.
Driving a brutally fast pace throughout the day, Bora-hansgrohe kept Sagan safe and delivered him to the line to contest the finish. Numerous attacks in the finale left the bunch contesting a messy sprint, where the world champion took eighth after being boxed in.
“As expected, stage 2 of the Tour de Pologne was very fast and finished with a bunch sprint”, said Sagan. “
“The team did a very good job of protecting me – pulling hard at the front to close the gaps and neutralise the attacks. Unfortunately, I was closed in the finale and wasn’t able to sprint the way I wanted. However, I felt in good form and with strong legs, so I’m confident about my chances in the upcoming stages.”
Sports Director, Christian Pömer, provided a similar review: “Due to the high speed sprint, with the final kilometre a downhill slope to the finish, we knew today not only strong legs would count – you would also need luck in timing”.
“With Peter in yellow, the team had the added responsibility of working hard to close all the gaps, therefore we lost two riders during the stage because they gave their all. We worked hard to bring Peter to the finish in a good position, and hoped he would have a good gap and some luck. Unfortunately that didn’t happen today and he couldn’t sprint like he wanted, but that’s a part of cycling. The team worked very well together and in tomorrow’s mountain stage we’re hoping for another good chance for us!”