Peter Sagan got his Tour of Poland campaign off to a perfect start sprinting to a resounding stage victory in Kraków.
Sagan’s first race back after his disqualification from the Tour de France proved he is still riding strongly as he found a perfect opening in the sprint finish to take the win and the first leader’s jersey with it.
The Slovak was expelled from the Tour on the fifth stage after his elbow knocked Mark Cavendish to the tarmac in a high-speed bunch finish.
There was a mass fall in the peloton with 100m to go but this time Sagan played no part in the accident. Sporting a new military-style buzz haircut, Sagan burst clear of Caleb Ewan in the last stretch while Sky’s sprinter Danny Van Poppel was a third, three lengths back.
Tour of Poland 2017 – stage 1 results (Kraków – Kraków):
|1||Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe)||2:56:16|
|2||Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott)||,,|
|3||Danny Van Poppel (Team Sky)||,,|
|4||Riccardo Minali (Astana)||,,|
|5||Niccolo Bonifazio (Bahrain Merida)||,,|
|6||Nathan Haas (Dimension Data)||,,|
|7||Roberto Ferrari (UAE Team Emirates)||,,|
|8||Pawel Franczak (Poland)||,,|
|9||Boy Van Poppel (Trek-Segafredo)||,,|
|10||Jens Debusschere (Lotto Soudal)||,,|