Peter Sagan regala al Team TINKOF la vittoria e la maglia gialla nella 2a tappa del Tour de France pubblicato il 04/07/2016

2a tappa domenica 3 luglio - 183 km - Saint-Lô / Cherbourg-en-Cotentin

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Peter Sagan taglia primo il traguardo davanti ad Alaphillippe e Valverde nella 2a tappa del Tour de France © ASO/G.Demouveaux

Super Sagan conquista la vittoria e la maglia gialla nella 2a tappa del Tour de France 

Buffeted by winds and lashed with rain, today’s stage saw typical Normandy weather. Not only was the terrain challenging, with four categorised climbs over its length, but the coastal route around the Cotentin peninsula made riding even more tough. This didn’t stop Peter Sagan in his campaign for stage wins however, as the Slovakian rider took the win with a sterling effort and powerful finish. The UCI World Champion will wear the yellow jersey with pride tomorrow for the first time in his career, the first yellow jersey of the team and team owner Oleg Tinkov too, adding to his impressive performances in the season so far.

The Tour de France’s second day brought with it its first uphill finish. While only a small third category kick at the end of the day, it had the potential to be just that little bit too difficult for the pure sprinters, giving the all-rounders a chance to go for the stage win. After an opening stage that proved Peter Sagan had the power and the hunger to get to the line first, stage 2 was to give the UCI World Champion the kind of terrain on which he excels. It was a double edged sword though as GC leader Alberto Contador lost ground on the final climb, conceding time to his rivals after hitting the deck again on today's stage.

At 183km the stage was long enough to be felt in the legs, but with three categorised climbs in the first 52km to contend with, it was going to be a tough day in the saddle – and the tough Normandy weather was only going to make the going more difficult. Skirting around the edge of the Cotentin peninsula, the peloton would be buffeted by wind and the occasional rain shower, with damp conditions early in the day. After getting through this, there was just the small matter of the third category Côte de La Glacerie to take the peloton to the finish.


For Oleg Tinkov, for the team and for Peter Sagan - today's yellow jersey win was the first for all three.

This being the Tour de France, the attacks came from the moment the race left the neutralised zone. Four riders escaped up the road, and by the time the race had hit its second climb of the day, the fourth category Côte de Montabot, the breakaway had a lead of more than five minutes.

In spite of the break having a significant advantage, the peloton was in no rush to bring them back in, and as the day went on and the gap remained stable, there was every chance the break might be able to hold the chasing peloton at bay until the finish. With the first categorised climbs long behind them, it was sure to come down to the final climb to the finish and as the race entered its final 15km, the breakaway riders still had a gap of just under three minutes on the peloton.

While the break had their own ambitions, there were plenty in the peloton who wanted the stage win for themselves, and the pace crept up as the final 10km came. Peter Sagan in particular was keen to reel in the escapees and the peloton was happy to work with him. A tough climb shortly before the final climb took the wind out of the break’s remaining three riders, and while they began attacking each other to contest the win solo, the peloton was closing fast.

With the roads narrowing, the finishing 5km were treacherous as the pace rose ever higher and the chasers were jostling for position. With drops of rain falling on the course, the riders were throwing caution to the wind, racing full gas to pull in the last of the breakaway. With just under 4km to go, the gap was 1’20” and falling fast, but with the final climb still to come, with a section of 14% part of the way up, would the solo rider have the legs to finish ahead?

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Crossing the line to take the win, Peter initially didn't realise he'd won the stage. Photo by Bettini Photo

With Roman Kreuziger putting in a huge effort for the UCI World Champion, the break was in sight, the peloton massing for the finish. With it finally all back together, the race to the finish was on. Pushing hard for the win, Peter was passed just a few hundred metres from the line, but the Slovakian rider hadn’t started his sprint yet, and as he put the power in, he took the win and the yellow jersey on the line – the first time he has worn the famous Maillot Jaune in his career.

In typically understated fashion, Peter didn’t realise he had taken the win – or the yellow jersey – until after the stage. “I am very happy as I didn't know I won today. Thank you to all my team-mates, and especially to Roman Kreuziger. He did the last climb full gas and was pulling all the way. Then in the final I did my best for a third place but it was really for the win.”

It was something of a bittersweet day for the team however, as Alberto Contador was unlucky to be involved in a crash earlier in the day, as Sport Director, Steven De Jongh, explained. “After 55km Alberto had a bad crash again - a rider came down in front of him and he went over and hurt himself, it was just bad luck. That's the reason why in the final he couldn't stand up to climb and he blew his legs. That was the reason that he lost time.”

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Alberto Contador had team support after a tough day in damp conditions. Photo by Bettini Photo

Peter, too, was quick to offer his support to the Spanish rider and was confident he would recover. Alberto has had a bit of bad luck yesterday and today again. I was very close to him when he came down. It was bad luck and I hope for Alberto that he will heal fast - he will be strong for sure.

After today’s successes however, the team would be celebrating Peter’s first day in the yellow jersey, as the new holder of the Maillot Jaune explained. “I'm really happy to have this jersey for the first time in my career. It's nice to win here again after no stage wins for the last two years. This year I'm having a really good season, from the classics to now, I'm very happy for this. Thanks again to Oleg Tinkov and Tinkoff Bank for their support and confidence, and I’d like to dedicate this victory also to Oleg for making this all possible with his support.”

De Jongh shared Peter’s enthusiasm, and was clearly proud of the team’s World Champion. “The win with Peter is really nice. With 15km to go we never thought that the breakaway was going to come back but he lost time and it was up to Peter to do his sprint. He rode a great finish - it was world class from the world champ, and I'm really happy for him. It's nice for him after a few years with no wins to not only get the stage but to also take the yellow jersey.”

Tomorrow the race hits its second-longest stage as we start to head south from Normandy to the Pays de la Loire. Covering 223.5km, the day starts with an undulating profile that includes a fourth category climb, before a further two steep uncategorised climbs. With the climbing over in the first 60km however, it’s a long and fairly flat ride to the finish in Angers. Regardless of the outcome, Peter will be working to do the yellow jersey justice. “We will see what we do for the yellow jersey - I will try every day, but if I lose it I have green, if I lose green I have my world champion stripes.”

De Jongh’s aim was to continue to support Alberto in his recovery in the days to come. “The next few days, firstly we will aim to recover - it's a long tour and with Alberto crashing again today we want to support him to let his body recover. We will talk this evening about the plan around defending Peter's yellow jersey.”

Peter Sagan taglia primo il traguardo davanti ad Alaphillippe e Valverde nella 2a tappa del Tour de France © ASO

Ordine d'arrivo 2a tappa 103° Tour de France
1    Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff Team    4:20:51     
2    Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Etixx - Quick-Step          
3    Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team          
4    Daniel Martin (Irl) Etixx - Quick-Step          
5    Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-BikeExchange          
6    Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo          
7    Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal          
8    Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team          
9    Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo          
10    Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky        
11    Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-BikeExchange          
12    Pierre Rolland (Fra) Cannondale-Drapac          
13    Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-BikeExchange          
14    Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-Alpecin          
15    Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha          
Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team          
17    Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team          
18    Rui Costa (Por) Lampre - Merida          
19    Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team          
20    Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Team Katusha          
21    Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Team Sky          
22    Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ          
23    Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff Team          
24    Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale          
25    Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin          
26    Sergio Henao (Col) Team Sky          
27    Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling    0:00:10     
28    Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) FDJ    0:00:11     
 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team          
30    Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ          
31    Louis Meintjes (RSA) Lampre - Merida          
32    Jarlinson Pantano (Col) IAM Cycling          
33    Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    0:00:15     
34    Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team          
35    Lawson Craddock (USA) Cannondale-Drapac    0:00:17     
36    Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Trek-Segafredo          
37    Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac          
38    Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data          
39    Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Argon 18          
40    Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 18          
41    Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Fortuneo - Vital Concept          
42    Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team          
43    Jesus Herrada (Spa) Movistar Team          
44    Romain Sicard (Fra) Direct Energie          
45    Cyril Gautier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    0:00:21     
46    Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky    0:00:24     
47    Luis Angel Mate (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    0:00:26     
48    Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits          
49    Frank Schleck (Lux) Trek-Segafredo    0:00:32     
50    Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre - Merida    0:00:35     

61    Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff Team   0:00:48    

Peter Sagan indossa la maglia gialla nella 2a tappa del Tour de France © ASO/G.Demouveaux

Classifica generale maglia gialla dopo la 2a tappa del 103° Tour de France
1    Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff Team    8:34:42     
2    Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Etixx - Quick-Step    0:00:08     
3    Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team    0:00:10     
4    Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-Alpecin    0:00:14     
5    Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky          
6    Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team          
7    Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team          
8    Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff Team          
9    Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-BikeExchange          
10    Daniel Martin (Irl) Etixx - Quick-Step          
Fabio Aru 
(Ita) Astana Pro Team          
12    Pierre Rolland (Fra) Cannondale-Drapac          
13    Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal          
14    Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin          
15    Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo          
16    Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Team Katusha          
17    Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale          
18    Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team          
19    Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-BikeExchange          
20    Rui Costa (Por) Lampre - Merida          
21    Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-BikeExchange          
22    Sergio Henao (Col) Team Sky          
23    Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo          
24    Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Team Sky          
25    Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ          
26    Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha          
27    Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling    0:00:24     
Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team    0:00:25     
29    Jarlinson Pantano (Col) IAM Cycling          
30    Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) FDJ          
31    Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ          
32    Louis Meintjes (RSA) Lampre - Merida          
33    Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team    0:00:29     
34    Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale          
35    Lawson Craddock (USA) Cannondale-Drapac    0:00:31     
36    Jesus Herrada (Spa) Movistar Team          
37    Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data          
38    Romain Sicard (Fra) Direct Energie          
39    Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Fortuneo - Vital Concept          
40    Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Argon 18          
41    Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team          
42    Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Trek-Segafredo          
43    Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Argon 18          
44    Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac          
45    Cyril Gautier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    0:00:35     
46    Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky    0:00:38     
47    Luis Angel Mate (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    0:00:40     
48    Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits          
49    Frank Schleck (Lux) Trek-Segafredo    0:00:46     
50    Daniel Moreno (Spa) Movistar Team    0:00:49     
62    Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff Team          

Peter Sagan indossa la maglia verde nella 2a tappa del Tour de France © ASO/G.Demouveaux

Classifica a punti maglia verde dopo la 2a tappa del 103° Tour de France
1    Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff Team    87     pts
2    Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data    63     
3    Marcel Kittel (Ger) Etixx - Quick-Step    50     
4    André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal    40     
5    Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Etixx - Quick-Step    33     
6    Bryan Coquard (Fra) Direct Energie    25     
7    Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha    21     
8    Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Argon 18    20     
9    Leigh Howard (Aus) IAM Cycling    20     
10    Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team    20     








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