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Tour de France rider galleries: Peter Sagan

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Peter Sagan transformed into the Incredible Hulk after winning in Metz

Peter Sagan transformed into the Incredible Hulk after winning in Metz
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Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) celebrates his win.

Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) celebrates his win.
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Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) almost crashed when he took one of the 180 degree turns too fast, but the Slovakian managed to stay upright.

Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) almost crashed when he took one of the 180 degree turns too fast, but the Slovakian managed to stay upright.
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Green jersey Peter Sagan (Liquigas - Cannondale)

Green jersey Peter Sagan (Liquigas - Cannondale)
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Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Nissan) and Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale)

Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Nissan) and Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale)
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Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) wins stage 3

Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) wins stage 3
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Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale)

Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale)
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Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) has a lot of time to celebrate

Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) has a lot of time to celebrate
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Points leader Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale)

Points leader Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale)
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Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) in action

Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) in action
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Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) celebrates victory

Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) celebrates victory
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A victorious Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale)

A victorious Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale)
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Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) dances with joy on his bike upon winning another Tour stage

Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) dances with joy on his bike upon winning another Tour stage
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Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) spent after his win in Seraing

Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) spent after his win in Seraing
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Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) knows his way around a podium.

Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) knows his way around a podium.
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Job done... Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale)

Job done... Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale)
(Image credit: Elmar Krings)
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Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) used to be known as the 'Terminator' but now he's the 'Tourminator'.

Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) used to be known as the 'Terminator' but now he's the 'Tourminator'.
(Image credit: James Huang)
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Tour leader Fabian Cancellara chats with points leader Peter Sagan on the start line.

Tour leader Fabian Cancellara chats with points leader Peter Sagan on the start line.
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Points leader Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) shows off his custom-painted bike.

Points leader Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) shows off his custom-painted bike.
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No victory salute antics, but Peter Sagan did pop a wheelie at the finish of stage 7

No victory salute antics, but Peter Sagan did pop a wheelie at the finish of stage 7
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Plenty of smiles in the Liquigas-Cannondale camp as Peter Sagan won his third stage of the 2012 Tour.

Plenty of smiles in the Liquigas-Cannondale camp as Peter Sagan won his third stage of the 2012 Tour.
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Points classification leader Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale)

Points classification leader Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale)
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He rode his first grand tour at the Vuelta a Espana at the end of last year as a second-year professional, won three stages, competed at the world championships and then rode the Tour of Beijing - winning a stage. He’s only 22-years-old and yet there was little doubt he would succeed in taking at least one stage at the Tour this year. Not many young riders are filled with such promise and actually deliver.

This year he cleaned up at the Tour of California, taking five stages throughout the week including repeating his win in 2010 on the difficult stage up to Big Bear Lake. Shortly after California he arrived at Tour de Suisse, won the opening prologue, took out three additional stages and the Points Classification. A week before the Tour he successfully defended his national Slovakian road race title. Sagan’s riding a wave of fantastic form this season but will it hold over the next three testing weeks?

Sagan put the disappointment of his opening Tour prologue behind him and quickly went to work in the finale of Stage 1, following Fabian Cancellara’s (RadioShack-Nissan) attack before waiting patiently for the time to strike. It wasn’t a day designed for the sprinters but Sagan is so young, we are yet to know what he can actually do, or not do. We discovered on Stage 3, that it was just the start.

He may lack the experience and speed for a dedicated bunch sprint but expect him to finish near the front on these days while picking up valuable intermediate sprint points on some of the tougher stages.

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