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Sagan apologizes for the pinch on Tour of Flanders podium

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April 01, 2013, 21:32 BST,
April 02, 2013, 0:16 BST
First Edition Cycling News, Tuesday, April 2, 2013
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2013 Tour of Flanders runner-up Peter Sagan (Cannondale)

2013 Tour of Flanders runner-up Peter Sagan (Cannondale)

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Cannondale rider says he's sorry for disrespectful conduct

Cannondale's Peter Sagan apologized on Monday for his actions on the podium following the Tour of Flanders on Sunday. As the runner-up standing next to winner Fabian Cancellara on the podium in Oudenaarde, he grabbed the derrière of one of the podium hostesses while she was posing for the cameras with Cancellara.

The move by the 23-year-old drew plenty of criticism for showing disrespect against women.

On Monday, he released a video apology which followed up on an earlier Twitter apology.

"I sincerely apologize to Maja for what I did on the podium yesterday after the race," said Sagan in English in the video posted on Facebook. "It was wrong of me, and I wasn't thinking when I was on the podium. I never should have done that. I'm so sorry and I hope that Maja and anyone else I have offended knows how how sorry I am."

"I promise to act more respectfully in the future," said Sagan.

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