Peter Sagan wins People's Choice Classic

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) claimed his first win of the season with victory in the People's Choice Classics in Adelaide. The world champion beat Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal) and Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott) to win the race and get off the mark for 2018.

"I am very happy," said Sagan. "I was ok but after some guys came from the back they closed me a little bit but in the end it went very well. I am very happy for that and I didn’t expect I could win today."

There was a heavy fall for Kristoffer Halvorsen (Team Sky) with the rider crashing in the sprint. He was taken to hospital for checks on his right side and suffered numerous cuts.

The 22-lap race, which totalled 50.6km in distance, saw the WorldTour teams assemble for the first time this season with the Tour Down Under proper starting in two days’ time.

It didn’t take long for the attacks to start, with Bahrain-Merida the first squad to fire a rider up the road. EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale chased the move down but by the start of the third lap a group of three had move clear.

At the front of the , Fumiyuki Beppu (Trek Segafredo), Tom Bohli (BMC Racing) and Zak Dempster (Uni-S-Ausrtralia) slipped clear, and they were soon joined by Timothy Roe ((Uni-S-Ausrtralia), Jhonatan Restrepo (Katusha-Alpecin), Lachlan Morton (Dimension Data) and Manuele Boara (Bahrain-Merida). This group steadily built up a lead of around 45 seconds in the opening half of the race as Quick-Step Floors, Mitcheton Scott, Sunweb and Lotto Soudal monitored the front of the main field.

Although the break made an instant impression, their lack of cohesion soon cost them. They fought over the intermediate sprints and Restrepo’s eagerness to push on and split the group caused instant problems. With 16 laps remaining, the Katusha Alpecin rider broke the group, skipping clear with veteran Boara and BMC Racing’s Bohli, but even that level of cooperation was short-lived. Restrepo soon sat up and when Quick-Step intensified their chase with around 6 laps to go, the two remaining leaders were slowly pulled back.

On lap 18, with the race back together, the sprinters’ teams began to vie for position. This caused the briefest of lulls and Matteo Montaguti (AG2R La Mondiale) soloed off the front. The move proved to be as futile as the host broadcaster’s attempts of streaming the event live – it cut out with two laps to go – but Bora showed their dominance to draw first blood. Sagan, who came into the race calling for calm and stating that he was racing without pressure, has hit the ground running. It’s only January and the rest of the peloton have been put on notice.


Swipe to scroll horizontally
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe1:04:25
2Andre Greipel (Ger) Lotto SoudalRow 1 - Cell 2
3Caleb Ewan (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 2 - Cell 2
4Elia Viviani (Ita) Quick-Step FloorsRow 3 - Cell 2
5Simone Consonni (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 4 - Cell 2
6Chris Lawless (GBr) Team SkyRow 5 - Cell 2
7Sam Welsford (Aus) UniSA-AustraliaRow 6 - Cell 2
8Enrico Battaglin (Ita) LottoNL-JumboRow 7 - Cell 2
9Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar TeamRow 8 - Cell 2
10Mark Renshaw (Aus) Dimension DataRow 9 - Cell 2
11Carlos Barbero Cuesta (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 10 - Cell 2
12Mads Würtz Schmidt (Den) Katusha-AlpecinRow 11 - Cell 2
13Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Team SunwebRow 12 - Cell 2
14Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe0:00:03
15Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 14 - Cell 2
16Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 15 - Cell 2
17Daryl Impey (RSA) Mitchelton-ScottRow 16 - Cell 2
18Riccardo Minali (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 17 - Cell 2
19Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Quick-Step FloorsRow 18 - Cell 2
20Steele von Hoff (Aus) UniSA-AustraliaRow 19 - Cell 2
21Nans Peters (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 20 - Cell 2
22Logan Owen (USA) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 21 - Cell 2
23Alex Frame (NZl) Trek-SegafredoRow 22 - Cell 2
24Jay McCarthy (Aus) Bora-HansgroheRow 23 - Cell 2
25Michael Mørkøv (Den) Quick-Step FloorsRow 24 - Cell 2
26Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Bahrain-MeridaRow 25 - Cell 2
27Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) AG2R La MondialeRow 26 - Cell 2
28Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team SunwebRow 27 - Cell 2
29Koen de Kort (Ned) Trek-SegafredoRow 28 - Cell 2
30Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Bahrain-Merida0:00:08
31Rudiger Selig (Ger) Bora-HansgroheRow 30 - Cell 2
32Anthony Roux (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 31 - Cell 2
33Mathew Hayman (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 32 - Cell 2
34Bjorg Lambrecht (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 33 - Cell 2
35Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar TeamRow 34 - Cell 2
36Nicholas Dlamini (RSA) Dimension DataRow 35 - Cell 2
37Scott Davies (GBr) Dimension DataRow 36 - Cell 2
38Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Katusha-AlpecinRow 37 - Cell 2
39Nuno Bico (Por) Movistar TeamRow 38 - Cell 2
40Luis León Sánchez (Spa) Astana Pro TeamRow 39 - Cell 2
41Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 40 - Cell 2
42Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 41 - Cell 2
43Antoine Duchesne (Can) Groupama-FDJRow 42 - Cell 2
44Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Astana Pro TeamRow 43 - Cell 2
45Georg Preidler (Aut) Groupama-FDJRow 44 - Cell 2
46Ruben Guerreiro (Por) Trek-SegafredoRow 45 - Cell 2
47Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) UAE Team EmiratesRow 46 - Cell 2
48Niklas Eg (Den) Trek-SegafredoRow 47 - Cell 2
49Artyom Zakharov (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 48 - Cell 2
50Simon Clarke (Aus) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 49 - Cell 2
51Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 50 - Cell 2
52Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 51 - Cell 2
53Chris Hamilton (Aus) Team SunwebRow 52 - Cell 2
54Daan Olivier (Ned) LottoNL-JumboRow 53 - Cell 2
55Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Katusha-AlpecinRow 54 - Cell 2
56Tom Bohli (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 55 - Cell 2
57Mickael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 56 - Cell 2
58Miles Scotson (Aus) BMC Racing TeamRow 57 - Cell 2
59Steve Morabito (Swi) Groupama-FDJRow 58 - Cell 2
60Davide Cimolai (Ita) Groupama-FDJRow 59 - Cell 2
61Alex Edmondson (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 60 - Cell 2
62Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:00:24
63Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick-Step Floors0:00:25
64Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto SoudalRow 63 - Cell 2
65Sam Oomen (Ned) Team SunwebRow 64 - Cell 2
66Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Soudal0:00:29
67Jack Bauer (NZl) Mitchelton-ScottRow 66 - Cell 2
68Tiago Machado (Por) Katusha-Alpecin0:00:31
69Daniel Hoelgaard (Nor) Groupama-FDJ0:00:32
70Jacobus Venter (RSA) Dimension DataRow 69 - Cell 2
71Eros Capecchi (Ita) Quick-Step FloorsRow 70 - Cell 2
72Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 71 - Cell 2
73José Gonçalves (Por) Katusha-AlpecinRow 72 - Cell 2
74Patrick Bevin (NZl) BMC Racing TeamRow 73 - Cell 2
75Maarten Wynants (Bel) LottoNL-JumboRow 74 - Cell 2
76Robert Gesink (Ned) LottoNL-JumboRow 75 - Cell 2
77Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La MondialeRow 76 - Cell 2
78Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Bahrain-MeridaRow 77 - Cell 2
79Oscar Gatto (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:00:35
80Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team SunwebRow 79 - Cell 2
81Thomas Scully (NZl) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 80 - Cell 2
82Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto SoudalRow 81 - Cell 2
83Lukasz Wisniowski (Pol) Team SkyRow 82 - Cell 2
84Daniel Oss (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe0:00:39
85Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek-SegafredoRow 84 - Cell 2
86Manuele Boaro (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 85 - Cell 2
87Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek-SegafredoRow 86 - Cell 2
88Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Bora-HansgroheRow 87 - Cell 2
89Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora-HansgroheRow 88 - Cell 2
90William Clarke (Aus) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 89 - Cell 2
91Nathan Earle (Aus) UniSA-AustraliaRow 90 - Cell 2
92Scott Bowden (Aus) UniSA-AustraliaRow 91 - Cell 2
93Jaime Castrillo (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 92 - Cell 2
94Robert Wagner (Ger) LottoNL-JumboRow 93 - Cell 2
95Tom Leezer (Ned) LottoNL-JumboRow 94 - Cell 2
96Jon Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Bahrain-MeridaRow 95 - Cell 2
97Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 96 - Cell 2
98Manuele Mori (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:00:44
99Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 98 - Cell 2
100Pierre Latour (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 99 - Cell 2
101Simon Gerrans (Aus) BMC Racing TeamRow 100 - Cell 2
102Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing TeamRow 101 - Cell 2
103Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 102 - Cell 2
104Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team0:00:46
105Alex Porter (Aus) UniSA-Australia0:00:47
106Chad Haga (USA) Team Sunweb0:00:55
107Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Dimension Data0:00:59
108George Bennett (NZl) LottoNL-JumboRow 107 - Cell 2
109Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Sky0:01:02
110Kristoffer Halvorsen (Nor) Team SkyRow 109 - Cell 2
111Ben O'Connor (Aus) Dimension Data0:01:09
112Owain Doull (GBr) Team SkyRow 111 - Cell 2
113Enric Mas (Spa) Quick-Step FloorsRow 112 - Cell 2
114Egan Arley Bernal Gomez (Col) Team SkyRow 113 - Cell 2
115Florian Sénéchal (Fra) Quick-Step Floors0:01:12
116Timothy Roe (Aus) UniSA-Australia0:01:13
117Jhonatan Restrepo (Col) Katusha-Alpecin0:01:22
118Rubén Fernandez (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 117 - Cell 2
119Cameron Meyer (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:01:27
120Marco Marcato (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:01:34
121Jonathan Dibben (GBr) Team SkyRow 120 - Cell 2
122Matteo Bono (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 121 - Cell 2
123Roberto Ferrari (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:01:36
124Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro Team0:01:37
125Truls Engen Korsaeth (Nor) Astana Pro TeamRow 124 - Cell 2
126Brendan Canty (Aus) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 125 - Cell 2
127Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo0:01:42
128Damien Howson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:01:45
129Zakkari Dempster (Aus) UniSA-Australia0:01:58
130Lachlan Morton (Aus) Dimension DataRow 129 - Cell 2
131Mitchell Docker (Aus) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:02:51
132Nathan Haas (Aus) Katusha-Alpecin0:03:31

 

Thank you for reading 5 articles in the past 30 days*

Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read any 5 articles for free in each 30-day period, this automatically resets

After your trial you will be billed £4.99 $7.99 €5.99 per month, cancel anytime. Or sign up for one year for just £49 $79 €59

Join now for unlimited access

Try your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1