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Sagan brushes asides any pressure to win Strade Bianche

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Peter Sagan's ever-longer hair is intact ahead of Strade Bianche

Peter Sagan's ever-longer hair is intact ahead of Strade Bianche
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World champions Lizzie Armitstead and Peter Sagan pose for photos at the Strade Bianche press conference

World champions Lizzie Armitstead and Peter Sagan pose for photos at the Strade Bianche press conference
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World champions Peter Sagan and Lizzie Armitstead meet the press ahead of Strade Bianche

World champions Peter Sagan and Lizzie Armitstead meet the press ahead of Strade Bianche
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World champions Peter Sagan and Lizzie Armitstead show off their rainbows ahead of Strade Bianche

World champions Peter Sagan and Lizzie Armitstead show off their rainbows ahead of Strade Bianche
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At friday's press conference, Peter Sagan said he's gotten used to the 'favourite' label

At friday's press conference, Peter Sagan said he's gotten used to the 'favourite' label
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Peter Sagan brushed aside pre-race pressure to win Strade Bianche

Peter Sagan brushed aside pre-race pressure to win Strade Bianche
(Image credit: Bettini)

Peter Sagan brushed aside any suggestion that he is under pressure to win Saturday’s Strade Bianche as easily as he frequently flicked back his ever longer locks of hair, insisting his chances depend on how his rivals race and the expected rain that could make the Tuscan race into a battle of survival.

Sagan sat next to fellow world Champion Lizzie Armitstead in the pre-race press conference and then the two posed together in their rainbow jerseys. She has already won her first race in the rainbow jersey, dominating last weekend’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Sagan (Tinkoff) finished second behind Greg van Avermaet (BMC) but has learnt to push back and deflect any expectations.

“I tested my legs in Belgium and my form seemed pretty good but I’m not sure if I can win," he said.

Cyclingnews will have live coverage of Saturday's Strade Bianche men's race, which begins at 11 a.m. CET (5 a.m. EST)