Banking Team Hog The Limelight

by | Jul 10, 2015

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Peter Sagan

Cycling mad IFAs were no doubt glued to their screens yesterday as they watched stage winner Zdenek Stybar (team Etixx-Quick Step) grab a cheeky victory in Le Harve on Stage 6 of this year’s Tour de France.

Tinkoff-Saxo’s ever-present Peter Sagan – who’s beginning to look like the bridesmaid, never the bride – snatched his third second place of the Tour.

Peter Sagan (Tinkoff - Saxo)

Peter Sagan (Tinkoff – Saxo)

Sagan said: “Today I demonstrated that I had good legs, but this is the race and today everybody expected me to make a move. You have to stay cool and sometimes things don’t turn out exactly how you want it to and sometimes they do. I didn’t notice the crash, but apparently it happened just behind me. Then Stybar attacked, where the climb flattened and the group didn’t have the legs. I said to the other riders that I wasn’t going to pull because they were all looking at me.

“If I had gone to the front to pull, I wouldn’t win the sprint. I’m still happy with my second place because it’s still some points for the green jersey, as Greipel wasn’t there. I won in the group, but the tactical situation made it very difficult, everybody knows it’s hard to win in the Tour. My strategy was to be at the front on the final climb and wait for the sprint, but there were nobody to close the gap to Stybar. I won the green jersey for three years in a row and it would be nice to do that again, but it will be difficult for sure”.

Tour de France 2015

Tour de France 2015

Tinkoff-Saxo Head Sport Director Steven de Jongh gave some background to the race: “I think that today was less hectic than the previous days and the boys did a concentrated job once again. Sagan was free to ride for the stage and he showed that he’s in very good condition. He positioned himself very well on the final climb and showed that he had the speed to pull it off today. But Stybar had different plans and he made a very clever move, while the sprinters were waiting for somebody to take responsibility.

“Peter was isolated up there in the group following the crash. That’s how it is, as we also have our focus on Alberto, but Katusha had some guys up there but they apparently didn’t want to take control. Peter took 2nd place, it’s a bit of a shame, but with that said, we are very happy that none of our riders were affected by the final crash that unfortunately cost Tony Martin a broken collarbone.”

Stage 7 takes them to Fougeres from Lavarot.

Standings:

Stage 6 Result:

1. STYBAR Zdenek
Etixx – Quick Step
04:53:46
2. SAGAN Peter
Tinkoff – Saxo
0:02
3. COQUARD Bryan
Team Europcar
4. DEGENKOLB John
Team Giant – Alpecin
5. VAN AVERMAET Greg
BMC Racing Team
6. GALLOPIN Tony
Lotto Soudal
7. BOASSON HAGEN Edvald
MTN – Qhubeka
8. CIMOLAI Davide
Lampre – Merida
9. SIMON Julien
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
10. IZAGIRRE Gorka
Movistar Team

16. CONTADOR Alberto
Tinkoff – Saxo
58. KREUZIGER Roman
Tinkoff – Saxo
70. ROGERS Michael
Tinkoff – Saxo
72. VALGREN ANDERSEN Michael
Tinkoff – Saxo
87. BENNATI Daniele
Tinkoff – Saxo
126. TOSATTO Matteo
Tinkoff – Saxo
153. MAJKA Rafał
Tinkoff – Saxo
182. BASSO Ivan
Tinkoff – Saxo
4:45

General Classification

1. MARTIN Tony
Etixx – Quick Step
22:13:14
2. FROOME Christopher
Team Sky
0:12
3. VAN GARDEREN Tejay
BMC Racing Team
0:25
4. SAGAN Peter
Tinkoff – Saxo
0:27
5. GALLOPIN Tony
Lotto Soudal
0:38
6. VAN AVERMAET Greg
BMC Racing Team
0:40
7. URAN Rigoberto
Etixx – Quick Step
0:46
8. CONTADOR Alberto
Tinkoff – Saxo
0:48
9. STYBAR Zdenek
Etixx – Quick Step
1:04
10. THOMAS Geraint
Team Sky
1:15

15. KREUZIGER Roman
Tinkoff – Saxo
2:03
36. ROGERS Michael
Tinkoff – Saxo
8:59
81. BENNATI Daniele
Tinkoff – Saxo
19:23
90. VALGREN ANDERSEN Michael
Tinkoff – Saxo
21:32
131. MAJKA Rafał
Tinkoff – Saxo
31:13
154. TOSATTO Matteo
Tinkoff – Saxo
38:41
167. BASSO Ivan
Tinkoff – Saxo
44:11

 

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