Peter Sagan wins European Championships road race

As expected, Peter Sagan (Slovakia) claimed the first European Elite title on the circuit of Plumelec, France, that suited him to perfection. He outsprinted France’s Julian Alaphilippe and Spain's Dani Moreno atop the Cadoudal hill in a brilliant effort that will earn him a white and blue distinctive jersey next season if he doesn't win back-to-back world championships in Doha, Qatar, on October 16.

"Since it's the first time the European title is open to Elite riders, I'm very happy to be the winner," Sagan said. “It was a very fast race with a hard climb to finish, but it was a great course for me. There were two ways to win it: enter a breakaway or wait for the final sprint. I'm glad we chose the second option, and I thank the boys from Slovakia for helping me. This time we were a team of six, not three like usually at the world championship, so we were able to race as a team."

The race began with a long breakaway of four riders: Bert-Jan Lindeman (The Netherlands), Pirmin Lang (Switzerland), Andriy Bratashchuk (Ukraine) and Risto Raid (Estonia). They reached a maximum advantage of 11:40 after one third of racing on the 232.9km race.

Chasing from Italy, France and Belgium reduced the gap to all the moves in the last hour of racing, which led to the much-awaited sprint finish. Sagan himself rode behind Moreno Moser (Italy), who tried his luck by himself with 10km to go after his compatriot Fabio Aru was part of the last breakaway group caught with one lap to go. Another Italian, Davide Vilella, was the last man to attack, but the top riders appeared in the last curve in front of a large crowd: Sagan, Alaphilippe, Moreno, Samuel Dumoulin (France) and Petr Vakoc (Czech Republic).

"Sagan is beatable," Alaphilippe said. "He's human but he's also an exceptional rider. I'm aware that I'm second behind the best cyclist of our generation. I can't be completely satisfied to come second, but I can't be disappointed with the silver medal today. We rode well as a team. We were very motivated by this European championship and we took our responsibilities."

His teammate Dumoulin took the risk of losing the lead in the French cup. He has only one point more than runner up Baptiste Planckaert ahead of the final at Tour de Vendée on October 2. But his conclusion after finishing fourth where he won the GP Plumelec this year was: "I've a magical day on the bike today."

"Slovakia had nothing to lose," Sagan commented. "Had the European championship taken place in Nice as it was planned, I wouldn't have participated for sure, but when I heard it was going to be here, I thought it was a great opportunity and I decided to come two weeks ago. I'm glad I chose to do it even though I have very little time to enjoy my victory because I have to go to the Eneco Tour [by private jet] to chase WorldTour points. I believe the Eneco Tour will also be a good preparation for the Worlds. I'll take a bit of a rest in the meantime. The European champion jersey is an insurance for next year. If I don't retain the rainbow jersey, I'll be happy to wear this one.

"It's already been a too long season," Sagan added. "From January to mid-October… what to expect in mid-October, I don't know. It can't go bad for me in Qatar anyway. If I win again, it'll be something extra, but otherwise it doesn't matter because I've already won more than I could expect this year."

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Peter Sagan (Slovakia)5:34:23
2Julian Alaphilippe (France)Row 1 - Cell 2
3Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spain)Row 2 - Cell 2
4Samuel Dumoulin (France)Row 3 - Cell 2
5Petr Vakoc (Czech Republic)Row 4 - Cell 2
6Rui Faria Da Costa (Portugal)Row 5 - Cell 2
7Tony Gallopin (France)0:00:03
8Philippe Gilbert (Belgium)Row 7 - Cell 2
9Diego Ulissi (Italy)Row 8 - Cell 2
10Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spain)Row 9 - Cell 2
11Michael Gogl (Austria)Row 10 - Cell 2
12Danilo Wyss (Switzerland)Row 11 - Cell 2
13Daniel Martin (Ireland)Row 12 - Cell 2
14Michal Golas (Poland)Row 13 - Cell 2
15Sergei Lagutin (Russia)0:00:09
16Felix Grossschartner (Austria)0:00:11
17Gianni Meersman (Belgium)0:00:14
18Wout Poels (Netherlands)0:00:16
19Toms Skujins (Latvia)Row 18 - Cell 2
20Sam Oomen (Netherlands)Row 19 - Cell 2
21Giovanni Visconti (Italy)Row 20 - Cell 2
22Radoslav Rogina (Croatia)Row 21 - Cell 2
23Fabio Aru (Italy)Row 22 - Cell 2
24Sébastien Reichenbach (Switzerland)0:00:22
25Mathias Frank (Switzerland)Row 24 - Cell 2
26Matvey Mamykin (Russia)Row 25 - Cell 2
27Matija Kvasina (Croatia)0:00:25
28Ben Hermans (Belgium)0:00:36
29Sonny Colbrelli (Italy)0:00:39
30Pavel Kochetkov (Russia)0:00:40
31Davide Villella (Italy)0:00:43
32Redi Halilaj (Albania)0:00:48
33Sergio Paulinho (Portugal)0:00:57
34David De La Cruz Melgarejo (Spain)0:01:00
35Koen De Kort (Netherlands)0:01:10
36Paul Martens (Germany)Row 35 - Cell 2
37Jan Bakelants (Belgium)0:01:21
38Karol Domagalski (Poland)0:01:40
39Cyril Gautier (France)0:01:51
40Paul Voss (Germany)0:01:52
41Moreno Moser (Italy)0:01:55
42Tiesj Benoot (Belgium)0:02:05
43Lukasz Owsian (Poland)Row 42 - Cell 2
44Lukasz Wisniowski (Poland)Row 43 - Cell 2
45Michael Albasini (Switzerland)0:02:46
46Huub Duijn (Netherlands)0:02:55
47Jan Barta (Czech Republic)0:03:03
48Diego Rubio Hernandez (Spain)Row 47 - Cell 2
49Zydrunas Savickas (Lituania)0:03:12
50Vitaliy Buts (Ukraine)Row 49 - Cell 2
51Matej Mugerli (Slovenia)Row 50 - Cell 2
52Péter Kusztor (Hungary)0:03:20
53Tobias Ludvigsson (Sweden)0:03:43
54Jan Polanc (Slovenia)Row 53 - Cell 2
55Karel Hnik (Czech Republic)Row 54 - Cell 2
56Juraj Sagan (Slovakia)Row 55 - Cell 2
57Jure Golcer (Slovenia)Row 56 - Cell 2
58Igor Boev (Russia)Row 57 - Cell 2
59Tiago Machado (Portugal)Row 58 - Cell 2
60Marek Canecky (Slovakia)Row 59 - Cell 2
61Kanstantsin Siutsou (Belarus)Row 60 - Cell 2
62Andre Cardoso (Portugal)Row 61 - Cell 2
63Carlos Barbero Cuesta (Spain)Row 62 - Cell 2
64Jens Keukeleire (Belgium)Row 63 - Cell 2
65Omar Fraile Matarranz (Spain)Row 64 - Cell 2
66Grega Bole (Slovenia)Row 65 - Cell 2
67Oleksandr Prevar (Ukraine)Row 66 - Cell 2
68Jose Goncalves (Portugal)Row 67 - Cell 2
69Maciej Paterski (Poland)Row 68 - Cell 2
70Tanel Kangert (Estonia)Row 69 - Cell 2
71Koen Bouwman (Netherlands)Row 70 - Cell 2
72Simon Geschke (Germany)Row 71 - Cell 2
73Emanuel Buchmann (Germany)Row 72 - Cell 2
74Andreas Schillinger (Germany)Row 73 - Cell 2
75Raphael Freienstein (Germany)Row 74 - Cell 2
76Gianni Moscon (Italy)0:04:14
77Alexandre Geniez (France)0:06:05
78Maxime Bouet (France)Row 77 - Cell 2
79Maxim Belkov (Russia)Row 78 - Cell 2
80Laurent Didier (Luxembourg)Row 79 - Cell 2
81Twan Castelijns (Netherlands)Row 80 - Cell 2
82Janez Brajkovic (Slovenia)Row 81 - Cell 2
83Frantisek Sisr (Czech Republic)Row 82 - Cell 2
84Johannes Fröhlinger (Germany)0:07:58
85Jonathan Fumeaux (Switzerland)Row 84 - Cell 2
86Juan José Lobato Del Valle (Spain)Row 85 - Cell 2
87Anthony Delaplace (France)0:09:31
88Nicolas Edet (France)Row 87 - Cell 2
89Rick Zabel (Germany)Row 88 - Cell 2
90Lilian Calmejane (France)Row 89 - Cell 2
91Peeter Pruus (Estonia)Row 90 - Cell 2
92Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spain)0:10:12
93Conor Dunne (Ireland)0:10:21
94Fabian Lienhard (Switzerland)0:13:02
95Patrik Tybor (Slovakia)Row 94 - Cell 2
96Martijn Keizer (Netherlands)Row 95 - Cell 2
97Jan Tratnik (Slovenia)Row 96 - Cell 2
98Michael Kolar (Slovakia)Row 97 - Cell 2
99Martin Mahdar (Slovakia)Row 98 - Cell 2
100Alo Jakin (Estonia)Row 99 - Cell 2
101Roman Maikin (Russia)Row 100 - Cell 2
DNFJelle Vanendert (Belgium)Row 101 - Cell 2
DNFEliot Lietaer (Belgium)Row 102 - Cell 2
DNFLoic Vliegen (Belgium)Row 103 - Cell 2
DNFValerio Conti (Italy)Row 104 - Cell 2
DNFEnrico Gasparotto (Italy)Row 105 - Cell 2
DNFRuben Fernandez Andujar (Spain)Row 106 - Cell 2
DNFBert-Jan Lindeman (Netherlands)Row 107 - Cell 2
DNFMario Vogt (Germany)Row 108 - Cell 2
DNFPirmin Lang (Switzerland)Row 109 - Cell 2
DNFSimon Pellaud (Switzerland)Row 110 - Cell 2
DNFMarcel Wyss (Switzerland)Row 111 - Cell 2
DNFJiri Polnicky (Czech Republic)Row 112 - Cell 2
DNFEgor Silin (Russia)Row 113 - Cell 2
DNFAndrii Bratashchuk (Ukraine)Row 114 - Cell 2
DNFAndriy Khripta (Ukraine)Row 115 - Cell 2
DNFSergii Lagkuti (Ukraine)Row 116 - Cell 2
DNFAndriy Vasyliuk (Ukraine)Row 117 - Cell 2
DNFDamien Shaw (Ireland)Row 118 - Cell 2
DNFRisto Raid (Estonia)Row 119 - Cell 2
DNFMihkel Raim (Estonia)Row 120 - Cell 2
DNFRein Taaramae (Estonia)Row 121 - Cell 2
DNFDarijus Dzervus (Lituania)Row 122 - Cell 2
DNFPaulius Siskevicius (Lituania)Row 123 - Cell 2
DNFKanstantsin Klimiankov (Belarus)Row 124 - Cell 2
DNFBranislau Samoilau (Belarus)Row 125 - Cell 2
DNFAleksejs Saramotins (Latvia)Row 126 - Cell 2
DNFMaksym Averin (Azerbaijan)Row 127 - Cell 2
DNFPolychronis Tzortzakis (Greece)Row 128 - Cell 2
DNFMatti Manninen (Finland)Row 129 - Cell 2
DNFRoy Goldstein (Israel)Row 130 - Cell 2
DNFBesmir Banushi (Albania)Row 131 - Cell 2
DNFYlber Sefa (Albania)Row 132 - Cell 2
DNFMaxim Rusnac (Moldavia)Row 133 - Cell 2
DNFGoran Cerovic (Montenegro)Row 134 - Cell 2
DNFJulio Pintado Madrigal (Andorra)Row 135 - Cell 2
DNFOscar Cabanas Quintela (Andorra)Row 136 - Cell 2
DNFEvgenii Gerganov (Bulgaria)Row 137 - Cell 2
DNFAlexander Alexiev (Bulgaria)Row 138 - Cell 2
DNSMarcin Bialoblocki (Poland)Row 139 - Cell 2
DNSJose Mendes (Portugal)Row 140 - Cell 2
DNSAlexandr Pliuschin (Moldavia)Row 141 - Cell 2

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