Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) produced a yet another strong performance to pull back six seconds on Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) in the final 10.1km time trial at Tirreno-Adriatico but it was one second short of what he needed to win the overall classification, leaving the world champion with yet another second place.
Sagan refused suggestions that he was disappointed but signs of frustration were evident as he stood one step below Van Avermaet on the final podium in San Benedetto del Tronto.
“Disappointed? If you look at it that way, it could be bad, but I look at it differently,” he argued.
“Had they not cancelled the stage, I wouldn't even be here in second place. I think I rode a good time trial; I did the most I could.
There are time trials I've won in my life. I think I went well, but not great. How can you know how your rivals go? I did my best. It went how it went, that's it. My form could be the best in the world, but results count.”