Politt seizes chance offered by Sagan's early Tour de France exit

Nils Politt (Bora-Hansgrohe) after his Tour de France stage win
Nils Politt (Bora-Hansgrohe) after his Tour de France stage win (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Nils Politt (Bora-Hansgrohe) took full advantage of teammate Peter Sagan's early exit from the Tour de France on Wednesday as the German Classics specialist delivered a masterclass in how to win from a breakaway without being the fastest racer.

Although Bora-Hansgrohe are involved in the general classification battle with Wilco Kelderman, sixth overall, it was always likely that Sagan's exit from the Tour, before stage 12 with a knee injury, would give his teammates a much bigger chance to shine on their own account.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.