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Sagan ready to lead Cannondale into 2013 Classics

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Peter Sagan and the Liquigas-Cannondale team sign autographs for Japanese fans.

Peter Sagan and the Liquigas-Cannondale team sign autographs for Japanese fans.
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Jurai Sagan (Liquigas - Cannondale)

Jurai Sagan (Liquigas - Cannondale)
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Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) celebrates on the Champs-Élysées after a remarkable Tour de France debut.

Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) celebrates on the Champs-Élysées after a remarkable Tour de France debut.
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Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) scored another top finish on stage 18 to extend his points classification lead

Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) scored another top finish on stage 18 to extend his points classification lead
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Peter Sagan (Slovakia)

Peter Sagan (Slovakia)
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Peter Sagan (Liquigas) winner of the Green jersey

Peter Sagan (Liquigas) winner of the Green jersey
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Following a breakthrough season in 2012, Peter Sagan says he is ready to assume leadership of the newly titled Cannondale Pro Cycling team next year. And after a string of near misses last spring, the Slovakian is determined to make his mark on the Classics in 2013.

Asked if he felt extra pressure going into next season, following several high profile departures from this season’s Liquigas squad, the 22-year-old sounded bullish. ”I'm not scared of responsibility,” he told Cycling News HD.

"I was fourth in Milan-Sanremo, second in Gent-Wevelgem, fifth at the Tour of Flanders and third at Amstel Gold," he recalled.

"It's true I didn’t win but they're not bad results for my second full spring campaign. The classics are more complicated than other races, experience counts a lot and I'm happy to admit I made mistakes. I also learnt a lot. Now I know the routes more, and know when and how to position myself better in the key moments. I won't make the same mistakes again."

Cycling News HD
The full interview with Peter Sagan appears in issue 29 of our digital magazine Cycling News HD, out now, and is just one example of what you can find inside. Elsewhere in the issue we continue our review of the year with the season’s biggest race, the Tour de France, with in-depth analysis and stunning photography of the key moments over the three weeks. Chris Froome, who served as Bradley Wiggins’ right-hand man, talks exclusively about his best season to date: “I knew my form was at the best I’ve ever had it. I was ready to go to the Tour and really go for it in the high mountains.” We also have the second of our guest columns with Sean Kelly. The seven-time Paris-Nice winner thinks the 2012 route may have been a little one-sided: “For Bradley Wiggins this year’s Tour route had a good balance, but for the race itself I don’t think it was the best choice.” Kelly’s first column on the Giro d’Italia was featured in Issue 28.