Sagan powers to victory in Porto Cervo

Slovak talent tops Ballan and Oss in Sardinia

Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) gave further notice of his burgeoning talent with a dominant victory on stage one of the Giro di Sardegna. In an uphill sprint to the line, the young Slovak simply had too much for former world champion Alessandro Ballan (BMC) and teammate Daniel Oss, and he won by a healthy margin.

The powerful finishing sprint that saw Sagan surge clear in the closing metres was one of the hallmarks of the five quality wins that he took in his debut season in 2010, but the 21-year-old admitted that he is still discovering his capabilities.

“I still don’t really know what kind of rider I am or what I can do,” Sagan said after the finish. “I know that I’m young, I haven’t raced much and I haven’t won much. Don’t compare me to Philippe Gilbert: he’s a champion.”

Sagan was expertly piloted to victory by his Liquigas-Cannondale teammates in the finale. Vincenzo Nibali, making his seasonal debut, was prominent on the front of the peloton in the closing kilometres before handing over the baton to Eros Capecchi and finally to Daniel Oss. Indeed, it was Oss who led out the sprint through the final bend and he explained that the men in lime green had benefited from some prior knowledge of the course.

“We’d already been on these roads during the team training camp [in December],” he said. “Then during the race we went past the finish line, albeit in the opposite direction, but that allowed us to understand the importance of the last bend.”

Alessandro Ballan simply had no answer to Sagan’s startling acceleration once Oss had pulled over, and he realised early on that he was racing for second place on the drag to the line.

“Sagan took the last corner stronger than me, but he probably would have won anyway,” Ballan admitted.

A deceptively tough day

The stage was animated by a long breakaway featuring Arkimedes Arguelyes (Katusha) and Canadian champion Will Routley (Team Spidertech p/b c10). The duo escaped after 7km and built up a maximum lead of 7:40. Arguelyes went clear alone on the climb of the San Pantaleo, but with Lampre-ISD and BMC chasing hard behind, his move was never likely to last to the finish line.

Meanwhile, Miche’s Gianluca Randazzo launched an ambitious attempt to bridge up to the leaders but in spite of his best efforts, the Sicilian found himself mired in no-man’s land. On deceptively tough terrain, he was the first of the escapees to be gobbled up, while Routley was the next to give best to a peloton that now had the strong Liquigas-Cannondale squad upping the ante.

Arguelyes managed to hold out until 9km from the finish, and once he was caught a number of riders tried their luck on the run-in to Porto Cervo. Stefano Pirazzi (CSF-Colnago) and Danilo Di Luca (Katusha) were among the aggressors in the closing stages, but with BMC and, in particular, Liquigas-Cannondale stringing out the bunch in single file, their efforts were doomed to failure.

In the sprint to the line, it was Oss who led into the final bend and then swung over to allow Sagan punch home the victory, and he gratefully galloped clear to add another impressive win to his palmares. While Ballan pipped Oss to be the best of the rest behind, Sagan even had time to sit up and savour his win as he crossed the line, and his ambitions will surely be high, both this week and in the months ahead.

Full Results
1Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale3:35:25 
2Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
3Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
4Oscar Gatto (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli  
5Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
6Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Androni Giocattoli  
7Elia Favilli (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli  
8Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
9Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
10Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
11Constantino Zaballa Gutierrez (Spa) Miche - Guerciotti  
12Federico Canuti (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox  
13Geraint Thomas (GBr) Great Britain National Team  
14Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Katusha Team  
15Vladimir Miholjevic (Cro) Acqua & Sapone  
16Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
17Fabio Taborre (Ita) Acqua & Sapone  
18Ben Hermans (Bel) Team RadioShack  
19Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
20Stefan Schumacher (Ger) Miche - Guerciotti  
21Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
22Jonathan Patrick McCarty (USA) Team Spidertech Powered By C10  
23Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Androni Giocattoli  
24Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
25Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Team RadioShack  
26Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Great Britain National Team0:00:05 
27Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Acqua & Sapone  
28Pasquale Muto (Ita) Miche - Guerciotti  
29Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
30Francesco Masciarelli (Ita) Pro Team Astana  
31Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
32Andrea Noe (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli  
33Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Pro Team Astana  
34Cayetano José Sarmiento Tunarrosa (Col) Acqua & Sapone  
35Philip Deignan (Irl) Team RadioShack0:00:15 
36Massimo Codol (Ita) Acqua & Sapone  
37Alexander Porsev (Rus) Katusha Team  
38Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone  
39Antonio Santoro (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
40Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team  
41Simone Stortoni (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox  
42Johann Tschopp (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
43Jonathan Monsalve (Ven) Androni Giocattoli  
44Alessandro Bisolti (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli  
45Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
46Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Team RadioShack  
47Rafai Chtioui (Tun) Acqua & Sapone  
48Petr Ignatenko (Rus) Katusha Team  
49Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale  
50Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) Katusha Team  
51Alexander Mironov (Rus) Katusha Team  
52Krzysztof Szczawinski (Pol) Miche - Guerciotti  
53Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Pro Team Astana  
54Sacha Modolo (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox  
55Svein Tuft (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10  
56Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
57Lucas Euser (USA) Team Spidertech Powered By C10  
58Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Team RadioShack0:00:46 
59Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:01:02 
60Roberto Cesaro (Ita) Miche - Guerciotti  
61Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Pro Team Astana  
62Slawomir Kohut (Pol) Miche - Guerciotti  
63Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Pro Team Astana  
64Manuel Belletti (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox  
65Benjamin King (USA) Team RadioShack  
66Ben Swift (GBr) Great Britain National Team  
67Andrea Masciarelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone0:01:24 
68Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:01:38 
69Yevgeniy Nepomnyachshiy (Kaz) Pro Team Astana0:01:41 
70Luca Fioretti (Ita) Ora Hotels Carrera0:01:42 
71Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:01:57 
72Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team RadioShack0:02:01 
73Arkimedes Arguelyes Rodriges (Rus) Katusha Team0:01:56 
74David Boily (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C100:02:02 
75Luke Rowe (GBr) Great Britain National Team0:02:03 
76Edward King (USA) Liquigas-Cannondale0:02:02 
77Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Pro Team Astana0:02:03 
78Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli0:02:04 
79Emanuel Vona (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli0:02:05 
80Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:02:06 
81Francois Parisien (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C100:02:12 
82Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Pro Team Astana0:02:44 
83Alessandro Bertolini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
84Alessandro Malaguti (Ita) Ora Hotels Carrera  
85Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:02:42 
86Chris Butler (USA) BMC Racing Team0:02:44 
87Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha Team  
88Edward Clancy (GBr) Great Britain National Team  
89Andrew Tennant (GBr) Great Britain National Team  
90Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha Team  
91Matthew Busche (USA) Team RadioShack  
92Mauro Abel Richeze (Arg) Ora Hotels Carrera0:02:49 
93Kevin Lacombe (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10  
94Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
95Yannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
96Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
97Emanuele Rizza (Ita) Ora Hotels Carrera  
98Alfredo Balloni (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
99Martin Gilbert (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10  
100Marco Frapporti (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:03:29 
101Cristiano Fumagalli (Ita) Miche - Guerciotti0:03:31 
102Filippo Savini (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:03:47 
103Simone Boifava (Ita) Ora Hotels Carrera0:04:22 
104Gianluca Mirenda (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli0:06:27 
105Steven Burke (GBr) Great Britain National Team0:07:58 
106Roberto De Patre (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli  
107Adriano Angeloni (Ita) Ora Hotels Carrera0:08:21 
108Krisztian Lovassy (Hun) Ora Hotels Carrera  
109Will Routley (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C100:08:19 
110Walter Proch (Ita) Ora Hotels Carrera0:08:21 
111Gianluca Randazzo (Ita) Miche - Guerciotti0:08:20 
112Samuel Harrison (GBr) Great Britain National Team0:13:59 
Points
1Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale10pts
2Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team8 
3Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale6 
4Oscar Gatto (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli5 
5Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre - ISD4 
6Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Androni Giocattoli3 
7Elia Favilli (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli2 
8Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre - ISD1 
Sprint 1 - Pantogia, 20.3km
1Arkimedes Arguelyes Rodriges (Rus) Katusha Team5pts
2Will Routley (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C103 
3Gianluca Randazzo (Ita) Miche - Guerciotti1 
Sprint 2 - Cannigione, 41.9km
1Will Routley (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C105pts
2Arkimedes Arguelyes Rodriges (Rus) Katusha Team3 
3Gianluca Randazzo (Ita) Miche - Guerciotti1 
Sprint 3 - Arzachena, 86.0km
1Arkimedes Arguelyes Rodriges (Rus) Katusha Team5pts
2Will Routley (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C103 
3Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Lampre - ISD1 
Sprint 4 - Arzachena, 122.2km
1Arkimedes Arguelyes Rodriges (Rus) Katusha Team5pts
2Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Lampre - ISD3 
3Edward King (USA) Liquigas-Cannondale1 
Mountain 1 - Cima Micalosu, 48.3km
1Will Routley (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C103pts
2Arkimedes Arguelyes Rodriges (Rus) Katusha Team2 
3Gianluca Randazzo (Ita) Miche - Guerciotti1 
Mountain 2 - San Pantaleo, 98.8km
1Arkimedes Arguelyes Rodriges (Rus) Katusha Team3pts
2Will Routley (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C102 
3Benjamin King (USA) Team RadioShack1 
Teams
1Liquigas-Cannondale10:46:15 
2Lampre - ISD  
3Androni Giocattoli  
4Team RadioShack  
5Acqua & Sapone0:00:05 
6BMC Racing Team  
7Miche - Guerciotti  
8Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli  
9Katusha Team0:00:15 
10Pro Team Astana0:00:25 
11Colnago - CSF Inox0:00:30 
12Team Spidertech Powered By C10  
13Great Britain National Team0:01:07 
14Ora Hotels Carrera0:07:15 
General classification after stage 1
1Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale3:35:15 
2Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:00:04 
3Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:00:06 
4Oscar Gatto (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli0:00:10 
5Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
6Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Androni Giocattoli  
7Elia Favilli (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli  
8Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
9Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
10Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
11Constantino Zaballa Gutierrez (Spa) Miche - Guerciotti  
12Federico Canuti (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox  
13Geraint Thomas (GBr) Great Britain National Team  
14Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Katusha Team  
15Vladimir Miholjevic (Cro) Acqua & Sapone  
16Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
17Fabio Taborre (Ita) Acqua & Sapone  
18Ben Hermans (Bel) Team RadioShack  
19Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
20Stefan Schumacher (Ger) Miche - Guerciotti  
21Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
22Jonathan Patrick McCarty (USA) Team Spidertech Powered By C10  
23Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Androni Giocattoli  
24Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
25Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Team RadioShack  
26Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha Team  
27Matthew Busche (USA) Team RadioShack  
28Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Great Britain National Team0:00:15 
29Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Acqua & Sapone  
30Pasquale Muto (Ita) Miche - Guerciotti  
31Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
32Francesco Masciarelli (Ita) Pro Team Astana  
33Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
34Andrea Noe (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli  
35Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Pro Team Astana  
36Cayetano José Sarmiento Tunarrosa (Col) Acqua & Sapone  
37Philip Deignan (Irl) Team RadioShack0:00:25 
38Massimo Codol (Ita) Acqua & Sapone  
39Alexander Porsev (Rus) Katusha Team  
40Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone  
41Antonio Santoro (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
42Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team  
43Simone Stortoni (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox  
44Johann Tschopp (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
45Jonathan Monsalve (Ven) Androni Giocattoli  
46Alessandro Bisolti (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli  
47Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
48Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Team RadioShack  
49Rafai Chtioui (Tun) Acqua & Sapone  
50Petr Ignatenko (Rus) Katusha Team  
51Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale  
52Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) Katusha Team  
53Alexander Mironov (Rus) Katusha Team  
54Krzysztof Szczawinski (Pol) Miche - Guerciotti  
55Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Pro Team Astana  
56Sacha Modolo (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox  
57Svein Tuft (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10  
58Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
59Lucas Euser (USA) Team Spidertech Powered By C10  
60Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Team RadioShack0:00:56 
61Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:01:12 
62Roberto Cesaro (Ita) Miche - Guerciotti  
63Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Pro Team Astana  
64Slawomir Kohut (Pol) Miche - Guerciotti  
65Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Pro Team Astana  
66Manuel Belletti (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox  
67Benjamin King (USA) Team RadioShack  
68Ben Swift (GBr) Great Britain National Team  
69Andrea Masciarelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone0:01:34 
70Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:01:48 
71Yevgeniy Nepomnyachshiy (Kaz) Pro Team Astana0:01:51 
72Luca Fioretti (Ita) Ora Hotels Carrera0:01:52 
73Arkimedes Arguelyes Rodriges (Rus) Katusha Team0:02:06 
74Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:02:07 
75Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team RadioShack0:02:11 
76David Boily (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C100:02:12 
77Edward King (USA) Liquigas-Cannondale  
78Luke Rowe (GBr) Great Britain National Team0:02:13 
79Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Pro Team Astana  
80Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli0:02:14 
81Emanuel Vona (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli0:02:15 
82Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:02:16 
83Francois Parisien (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C100:02:22 
84Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:02:52 
85Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Pro Team Astana0:02:54 
86Alessandro Bertolini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli  
87Alessandro Malaguti (Ita) Ora Hotels Carrera  
88Chris Butler (USA) BMC Racing Team  
89Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha Team  
90Edward Clancy (GBr) Great Britain National Team  
91Andrew Tennant (GBr) Great Britain National Team  
92Mauro Abel Richeze (Arg) Ora Hotels Carrera0:02:59 
93Kevin Lacombe (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10  
94Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
95Yannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
96Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
97Emanuele Rizza (Ita) Ora Hotels Carrera  
98Alfredo Balloni (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
99Martin Gilbert (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C10  
100Marco Frapporti (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:03:39 
101Cristiano Fumagalli (Ita) Miche - Guerciotti0:03:41 
102Filippo Savini (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:03:57 
103Simone Boifava (Ita) Ora Hotels Carrera0:04:32 
104Gianluca Mirenda (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli0:06:37 
105Steven Burke (GBr) Great Britain National Team0:08:08 
106Roberto De Patre (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli  
107Will Routley (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C100:08:29 
108Gianluca Randazzo (Ita) Miche - Guerciotti0:08:30 
109Adriano Angeloni (Ita) Ora Hotels Carrera0:08:31 
110Krisztian Lovassy (Hun) Ora Hotels Carrera  
111Walter Proch (Ita) Ora Hotels Carrera  
112Samuel Harrison (GBr) Great Britain National Team0:14:09 
Points classification
1Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale10pts
2Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing Team8 
3Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale6 
4Oscar Gatto (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli5 
5Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre - ISD4 
6Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Androni Giocattoli3 
7Elia Favilli (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli2 
8Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre - ISD1 
Sprint classification
1Arkimedes Arguelyes Rodriges (Rus) Katusha Team18pts
2Will Routley (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C1011 
3Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Lampre - ISD4 
4Gianluca Randazzo (Ita) Miche - Guerciotti2 
5Edward King (USA) Liquigas-Cannondale1 
Mountains classification
1Will Routley (Can) Team Spidertech Powered By C105pts
2Arkimedes Arguelyes Rodriges (Rus) Katusha Team5 
3Benjamin King (USA) Team RadioShack1 
4Gianluca Randazzo (Ita) Miche - Guerciotti1 
Teams classification
1Liquigas-Cannondale10:46:15 
2Lampre - ISD  
3Androni Giocattoli  
4Team RadioShack  
5Acqua & Sapone0:00:05 
6BMC Racing Team  
7Miche - Guerciotti  
8Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli  
9Katusha Team0:00:15 
10Pro Team Astana0:00:25 
11Colnago - CSF Inox0:00:30 
12Team Spidertech Powered By C10  
13Great Britain National Team0:01:07 
14Ora Hotels Carrera0:07:15 

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