Sagan confident of form despite missing out in San Remo

Tinkoff-Saxo rider turns focus to cobbled classics

Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) was understandably disappointed after he missed out on victory, and a podium, at Milan-San Remo on Sunday. The Slovakian jumped out of the slipstream of John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin) in the final 50 metres but didn’t have the legs to overtake the German, who went on to win. Sagan eventually faded to fourth.

Following the requisite trip to anti-doping Sagan headed straight to the team bus, where he stayed until it reached the team hotel. While he said that he was not up to talking to Cyclingnews after the race, he did speak to his team later that evening. In a press release issued by Tinkoff-Saxo, he said that bad positioning denied him a shot at the win.

“I was too far down after the last corners, which meant that I had to overtake too many to be successful at the end,” he explained. “I would like once again to thank my teammates because they worked really hard during the race. But at the end, although I was feeling very well and in form, I think I made a mistake when I approached the final sprint too far down in the pack.

“I focus on the Cobbled Classics ahead and I must admit that I feel well and in good form. We will see how the next races play out.”

Matti Breschel was one of two Tinkoff-Saxo riders, along with Roman Kreuziger, who made it over the Poggio in the front group. When asked if anything had gone wrong for the team he offered Cyclingnews a pretty simple assessment of the day, “Nothing really, we just didn’t win.”

The Dane did elaborate further, and said that ultimately they could be happy with how things panned out. “There were some pretty heavy guys there,” he said. “Degenkolb is one of the fastest in the world and the same with Kristoff. It was all the best sprinters there and normally Cav would also be there. I don’t know if he crashed or he had a little bit of bad luck on the descent of the Poggio. I mean, to be fourth in that company, I think that we can be pretty OK with that. Of course we wanted to win but that’s cycling.”

The team will now move onto the cobbles of Belgium with Dwars Door Vlaanderen coming up this Wednesday. There will be more opportunities for Sagan to deliver on the biggest of stages with the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix within the next three groups. “It will come,” Breschel said with a smile. “We will keep trying.”

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