Peter Sagan wins People's Choice Classic

World champion beats Greipel and Ewan in sprint finish

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) claimed his first win of the season with victory in the People's Choice Classics in Adelaide. The world champion beat Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal) and Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott) to win the race and get off the mark for 2018.

"I am very happy," said Sagan. "I was ok but after some guys came from the back they closed me a little bit but in the end it went very well. I am very happy for that and I didn’t expect I could win today."

There was a heavy fall for Kristoffer Halvorsen (Team Sky) with the rider crashing in the sprint. He was taken to hospital for checks on his right side and suffered numerous cuts.

The 22-lap race, which totalled 50.6km in distance, saw the WorldTour teams assemble for the first time this season with the Tour Down Under proper starting in two days’ time.

It didn’t take long for the attacks to start, with Bahrain-Merida the first squad to fire a rider up the road. EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale chased the move down but by the start of the third lap a group of three had move clear.

At the front of the , Fumiyuki Beppu (Trek Segafredo), Tom Bohli (BMC Racing) and Zak Dempster (Uni-S-Ausrtralia) slipped clear, and they were soon joined by Timothy Roe ((Uni-S-Ausrtralia), Jhonatan Restrepo (Katusha-Alpecin), Lachlan Morton (Dimension Data) and Manuele Boara (Bahrain-Merida). This group steadily built up a lead of around 45 seconds in the opening half of the race as Quick-Step Floors, Mitcheton Scott, Sunweb and Lotto Soudal monitored the front of the main field.

Although the break made an instant impression, their lack of cohesion soon cost them. They fought over the intermediate sprints and Restrepo’s eagerness to push on and split the group caused instant problems. With 16 laps remaining, the Katusha Alpecin rider broke the group, skipping clear with veteran Boara and BMC Racing’s Bohli, but even that level of cooperation was short-lived. Restrepo soon sat up and when Quick-Step intensified their chase with around 6 laps to go, the two remaining leaders were slowly pulled back.

On lap 18, with the race back together, the sprinters’ teams began to vie for position. This caused the briefest of lulls and Matteo Montaguti (AG2R La Mondiale) soloed off the front. The move proved to be as futile as the host broadcaster’s attempts of streaming the event live – it cut out with two laps to go – but Bora showed their dominance to draw first blood. Sagan, who came into the race calling for calm and stating that he was racing without pressure, has hit the ground running. It’s only January and the rest of the peloton have been put on notice.



#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe1:04:25 
2Andre Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal  
3Caleb Ewan (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott  
4Elia Viviani (Ita) Quick-Step Floors  
5Simone Consonni (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
6Chris Lawless (GBr) Team Sky  
7Sam Welsford (Aus) UniSA-Australia  
8Enrico Battaglin (Ita) LottoNL-Jumbo  
9Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team  
10Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension Data  
11Carlos Barbero Cuesta (Spa) Movistar Team  
12Mads Würtz Schmidt (Den) Katusha-Alpecin  
13Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Team Sunweb  
14Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe0:00:03 
15Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida  
16Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
17Daryl Impey (RSA) Mitchelton-Scott  
18Riccardo Minali (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
19Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Quick-Step Floors  
20Steele von Hoff (Aus) UniSA-Australia  
21Nans Peters (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
22Logan Owen (USA) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale  
23Alex Frame (NZl) Trek-Segafredo  
24Jay McCarthy (Aus) Bora-Hansgrohe  
25Michael Mørkøv (Den) Quick-Step Floors  
26Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Bahrain-Merida  
27Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale  
28Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team Sunweb  
29Koen de Kort (Ned) Trek-Segafredo  
30Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Bahrain-Merida0:00:08 
31Rudiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe  
32Anthony Roux (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
33Mathew Hayman (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott  
34Bjorg Lambrecht (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
35Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar Team  
36Nicholas Dlamini (RSA) Dimension Data  
37Scott Davies (GBr) Dimension Data  
38Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin  
39Nuno Bico (Por) Movistar Team  
40Luis León Sánchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team  
41Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team  
42Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
43Antoine Duchesne (Can) Groupama-FDJ  
44Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Astana Pro Team  
45Georg Preidler (Aut) Groupama-FDJ  
46Ruben Guerreiro (Por) Trek-Segafredo  
47Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates  
48Niklas Eg (Den) Trek-Segafredo  
49Artyom Zakharov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
50Simon Clarke (Aus) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale  
51Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
52Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida  
53Chris Hamilton (Aus) Team Sunweb  
54Daan Olivier (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo  
55Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Katusha-Alpecin  
56Tom Bohli (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
57Mickael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
58Miles Scotson (Aus) BMC Racing Team  
59Steve Morabito (Swi) Groupama-FDJ  
60Davide Cimolai (Ita) Groupama-FDJ  
61Alex Edmondson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott  
62Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:00:24 
63Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick-Step Floors0:00:25 
64Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Soudal  
65Sam Oomen (Ned) Team Sunweb  
66Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Soudal0:00:29 
67Jack Bauer (NZl) Mitchelton-Scott  
68Tiago Machado (Por) Katusha-Alpecin0:00:31 
69Daniel Hoelgaard (Nor) Groupama-FDJ0:00:32 
70Jacobus Venter (RSA) Dimension Data  
71Eros Capecchi (Ita) Quick-Step Floors  
72Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale  
73José Gonçalves (Por) Katusha-Alpecin  
74Patrick Bevin (NZl) BMC Racing Team  
75Maarten Wynants (Bel) LottoNL-Jumbo  
76Robert Gesink (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo  
77Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale  
78Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Bahrain-Merida  
79Oscar Gatto (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:00:35 
80Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Sunweb  
81Thomas Scully (NZl) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale  
82Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Soudal  
83Lukasz Wisniowski (Pol) Team Sky  
84Daniel Oss (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe0:00:39 
85Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek-Segafredo  
86Manuele Boaro (Ita) Bahrain-Merida  
87Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek-Segafredo  
88Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Bora-Hansgrohe  
89Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe  
90William Clarke (Aus) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale  
91Nathan Earle (Aus) UniSA-Australia  
92Scott Bowden (Aus) UniSA-Australia  
93Jaime Castrillo (Spa) Movistar Team  
94Robert Wagner (Ger) LottoNL-Jumbo  
95Tom Leezer (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo  
96Jon Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Bahrain-Merida  
97Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
98Manuele Mori (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:00:44 
99Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
100Pierre Latour (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
101Simon Gerrans (Aus) BMC Racing Team  
102Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing Team  
103Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
104Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team0:00:46 
105Alex Porter (Aus) UniSA-Australia0:00:47 
106Chad Haga (USA) Team Sunweb0:00:55 
107Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Dimension Data0:00:59 
108George Bennett (NZl) LottoNL-Jumbo  
109Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Sky0:01:02 
110Kristoffer Halvorsen (Nor) Team Sky  
111Ben O'Connor (Aus) Dimension Data0:01:09 
112Owain Doull (GBr) Team Sky  
113Enric Mas (Spa) Quick-Step Floors  
114Egan Arley Bernal Gomez (Col) Team Sky  
115Florian Sénéchal (Fra) Quick-Step Floors0:01:12 
116Timothy Roe (Aus) UniSA-Australia0:01:13 
117Jhonatan Restrepo (Col) Katusha-Alpecin0:01:22 
118Rubén Fernandez (Spa) Movistar Team  
119Cameron Meyer (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:01:27 
120Marco Marcato (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:01:34 
121Jonathan Dibben (GBr) Team Sky  
122Matteo Bono (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
123Roberto Ferrari (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:01:36 
124Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro Team0:01:37 
125Truls Engen Korsaeth (Nor) Astana Pro Team  
126Brendan Canty (Aus) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale  
127Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo0:01:42 
128Damien Howson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:01:45 
129Zakkari Dempster (Aus) UniSA-Australia0:01:58 
130Lachlan Morton (Aus) Dimension Data  
131Mitchell Docker (Aus) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:02:51 
132Nathan Haas (Aus) Katusha-Alpecin0:03:31 


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