Tour of California: Sagan escapes the breakaway, gets caught, then sprints for second

Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) may be the only rider in the peloton who could have pulled off his feat Saturday at the Tour of California, where he jumped into a breakaway group on a notoriously difficult Santa Rosa stage, escaped that group for a long solo flyer, and then salvaged his day with second place in the bunch sprint after getting caught with about 25km to go.

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Growing up in Missoula, Montana, Pat competed in his first bike race in 1985 at Flathead Lake. He studied English and journalism at the University of Oregon and has covered North American cycling extensively since 2009, as well as racing and teams in Europe and South America. Pat currently lives in the US outside of Portland, Oregon, with his imaginary dog Rusty.