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Cramps derail Sagan's Amstel Gold Race chances

Alasdair Fotheringham
April 14, 2013, 18:37,
April 14, 2013, 19:37
First Edition Cycling News, Monday, April 15, 2013
Amstel Gold Race
Overwhelming pre-race favorite Peter Sagan struggled with the warm temperatures

Overwhelming pre-race favorite Peter Sagan struggled with the warm temperatures

  • Overwhelming pre-race favorite Peter Sagan struggled with the warm temperatures
  • Podium: Philippe Gilbert (BMC), Peter Sagan (Cannondale) and Bjorn Leukemans (Vacansoleil - DCM)
  • Peter Sagan (Cannondale)

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Slovakian champion struggles with warm weather

Peter Sagan (Cannondale) was widely expected to take a top result in the Amstel Gold Race, but instead was forced to settle for a lowly 36th. The Slovakian champion, who was third in Amstel in 2012, and who won the key Amstel warm-up race, Brabantse Pijl, on Wednesday, said he felt ill in the last part of the race and could not make the running as he had expected.

"I felt rough, about 30 to 40 kilometres to go," Sagan told reporters afterwards. "It wasn't ideal but there wasn't anything I could do, I was cramping up."

Sagan said he tried as best as he could to play a part in the finale, but his strength was ebbing fast.

"When [Philippe] Gilbert (BMC) attacked, I wanted to follow him, but it simply wasn't possible. I didn't have the strength to do it."

"I think was because it was a warm day. In last two months I always raced with low temperatures, today my legs suffered in the change of the weather."

Reports earlier this week strongly suggested that Sagan will end his Classics campaign at Amstel Gold, having already won Gent-Wevelgem, two stages of Tirreno, Brabantse Pijl and taken second places in Milan-San Remo, Flanders and E3-Prijs Vlaanderen. He is also second overall in the WorldTour rankings, behind Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack).

Sagan confirmed in a press release that he would decide about Fleche Wallonne tomorrow.

CanadaSJRA More than 1 year ago
So he's human after all...
Winternet_ More than 1 year ago
The Mur de Huy might be too much for Sagan. He should give Liege a go, though.
Pedro Martins More than 1 year ago
He is the biggest talent and already the strongest ardenes-type of rider. However, he is much more than that, and wants to be the only 5 monument type of rider of TRUE pro cycling (modern era). Sagan is young and already raced too much and won (or was close) any type of race so far. He is racing a lot because cannondele has nothing more to show. Moser and Viviani are still young. He should rest and go Sprinter-Asskicker-mode now. He already had a hell of a season. Only 23, unbelievable. You are the real deal Peter and you have nothing more to prove. Don't burn yourself. Even if you end with a great palmares, you could end so much better if you manage yourself properly. Look at Boonen, he will be remembered as the best cobbles rider. However, he was the "thing" too... Undroppable on hills, unstoppable on sprints, a train on flats... He could've won so much more. Same with Fabian, the "beast". If only he was smarter and managed himself better (specially when choosing teams). Learn with them. You have everything to be "the cyclist" of modern era.
rainwatrz More than 1 year ago
I agree. He could have a few beers with, and listen to AS, then maybe notch it down a bit. Since "recovery preps" have been phased way back it might prevent a quick end to a long ride.
bikerbruce More than 1 year ago
My two cents... Three cheers to RK for giving us a "surprise" winner and reminding us of the unpredictable beauty that is our sport. Gilbert's attack from the base of the last climb to the finish...talking about ripping legs off. There was nobody in the world that could follow that. And I'm with Pedro, I hope Sagan and those who manage him protect his future.
ellenbrook2001 More than 1 year ago
AHAHAHHA what warm weather + 30??????????? what a joke hes a girl or what?
bikerbruce More than 1 year ago
Ellenbrook, I am enjoying your posts. From some of the things I've read, you seem to have an in depth and long term understanding of cycling. As far as Sagan is concerned, you seem to just not like him. And that's ok. Why not just post "I don't like Sagan" each time? When he wins, you accuse him of doping. Now he shows weakness and you call him a female. What can he do to please you? Should he quit the sport? Big changes are difficult on any of us at times. It seems very credible that Sagan did have a bad response to riding in warm air after his body was adapted to cold, especially since Gilbert said he looked at Sagan and his face was sweating with salt crusted all over. Maybe Sagan should have hydrated more, but in any case, Sagan's demise added to the unpredictable nature of our sport...which adds to entertainment value!
mikethethane More than 1 year ago
I totally agree with what Pedro says, but remember every once in a while someone comes along like Eddy and does not burn out but goes on and on and on.....
wigvelo More than 1 year ago
He is a quality rider no doubt. I do not understand all this chat and predictions he can wins all 5 monuments and even tours too. The fact is most young young riders who are predicted to be the 'next big thing' often dont live up to it. Look at Eddie Boss, similar things were said about him when he tore the legs off everyone at the Tour Of Britian all those years ago. Sagan has talent for sure but he is finding it a lot harder to win as a favourite. Let him win his FIRST monument, before others [himself included] predict this amazing future. Cannondale, you have a huge talent and it is your responsibility to nurture it, you guys need to protect him from over racing and sadly his own will to want to race everything. If not, he is unlikely to be able to stand the test of time.