It was a tooth and nail to the top of the uphill finish, when reigning World Champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) emerged victorious ahead of Michael Matthews (Sunweb) and Dan Martin (QuickStep Floors) on the third stage of the Tour de France.
Team Sky played the day well, keeping the coveted yellow jersey on Geraint Thomas for the third consecutive day, while teammate Chris Froome moved up to second, at 12 seconds. Matthews shot up to third also at 12 seconds while Sagan moved up to fourth.
Richie Porte showed his might on the difficult, twisting climb to the finish line only to be overtaken by the reigning world champion Sagan, who showed his skills as an overall contender.
“It was a pretty hard climb. BMC did a good job for Richie and after he attacked in the last 800m, he got a little gap. After, I decided to go – I guess it was too early – it was 400m to go. It was far away, in the moment, I said ‘fuck, again too early’, ” said Sagan.
“Then I started my sprint, and as I pushed – I pulled my feet out from the cleat. It was another mistake, I was like, ‘what is happening today?’ – after I that I won. Matthews almost beat me, but I am very happy for this victory and thank you Bora-Hansgrohe.” Sagan described his finishing moments.
“We went into the climb a little far back so had to move up before the corner as Richie attacked, and we stayed around that position all the way to the line. All the boys were working then Kwiato [Michal Kwiatkowski] was last then to guide me and Froomey up the last bit, ” said Thomas who was happy to finish the stage unscathed.
Everyone’s eyes on was on Peter Sagan’s new steed – an iridescent S-Works Tarmac SL6 which Specialized had just released. Sagan’s cockpit is adorned with Specialized’s Aerofly bar with bare tops, a Zipp SL Sprint stem and a custom Garmin mount from K-Edge.
Specialized is claiming the new S-Works Tarmac frame weighs 733g in a size 56cm. and will be selling their top build weighing a claimed 6.2kg/13.7lb with Roval CLX32 wheels, ee brakes and a special paint job that only adds 10g.
However, keeping to UCI regulations, Sagan’s bike weighs in at 6.8kg/14.99lb with Roval CLX50 wheels and a standard Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 with direct-mount calipers. His 4iiii power meter only adds a few grams.
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