Peter Sagan will lead Bora-Hansgrohe’s team at this weekend’s Milan-San Remo as he looks to win the Italian Monument for the first time.
“Yeah,” Sagan said when asked if he was to generous in last year’s finale. “But that’s also the thing, the way you win. If you analyse how Kwiatko won last year… If I win like that, I’m not happy with my performance. Or we are playing fair or after, it’s very easy.”
“Well, everyone is different. We have difference personalities, that’s life. That’s why life is beautiful, everybody is different,” he said of Kwiatkowski.
“I prefer to make some show for people and how it’s going, it’s going. It doesn’t matter if you win or lose.”
Last year, Kwiatkowski beat Sagan and Julian Alaphilippe in a shoulder-to-shoulder sprint after they got away on the Poggio following Sagan’s powerful attack.
“I know how it is to race with the rainbow jersey. It’s part of the game that he says such a thing,” Kwiatkowski responded. “A lot of guys put him under pressure, and they put me under pressure. It’s part of the game.
“He’s playing mind games? Of course, that’s how it is. Sometimes you don’t win the race by being the strongest, by you need to be the smartest.”