And why wouldn't he be? Sagan is the infant terribel (French sp?) of the peloton these days. You would be a fool not to be aware of the threat posed by that certain young Slovak - especially if you have been injured and have had less than stellar results lately.
/\this.Also, I suspect we are in a transitional stage - a generational shift with a new crop of younger stronger riders emerging and eclipsing the veterans. Spartacus has been covered and his wheel stuck to like crazy glue since he went on his classics rampage - it's to be expected - always happens to the most feared riders.
Sagan may not have the long list of wins of a veteran, but he has all the hallmarks of becoming one of the top riders of his generation. People would clamp on to his wheel as well - if only they could keep up!
exactly right! fabian played the card that gave him the best possibility of defeating sagan...and it almost worked.Fabian's comments worked. Sagan did a lot of work in the finale. Fabian himself was not quite able to take advantage but I bet Gerald Coileck is pretty happy about it.
He made a move on the Poggio and Sagan covered it. Sagan made a move and Fabian covered it. Hardly wheel sucker stuff. Fabian going 2nd and 3rd on a day like this is hardly a failure.Looks like Spartacus tried his hand as a wheelsucker and still couldn't beat Sagan.
I wonder if Sagan and Spartacus knew that that was Ciolek and that Ciolek is one of the fastest guys inside 250m. Were they hoping to shake Ciolek? It didn't work. Ciolek played this one to perfection, holding wheels while Sagan and Cancellera exchanged attacks. Good on himSagan made a simple mistake in jumping for the line too early--that's on him, not his team. Too bad for him, but he will learn from it. Everyone in that front bunch rode a heroic race.
yeah Sagan is a marked man. Guys ain't gonna let him suck wheels anymore. And no doubt the fact that he didn't win might have had something to do with him not being able to suck wheel and actually had to work.It almost always sucks being first loser, but in those conditions after a long day that must suck. Being a marked rider makes it almost impossible to win in yesterdays senario, no one is going to give Sagan a chance to rest behind a wheel. As far as Cannondale not having a team to get him up there, I'm not sure I agree. Besides Sky showing superhuman strength, Cannondale has been working for the start of the gun when Sagan is favored. A few hours of work keeping him safe before they leave him near the front. Not bad if you ask me.
Exactly, like on the old days,your worst nightmare would be if you let Oscarito or Zabel to get into de head group over the PoggioI wonder if Sagan and Spartacus knew that that was Ciolek and that Ciolek is one of the fastest guys inside 250m. Were they hoping to shake Ciolek? It didn't work. Ciolek played this one to perfection, holding wheels while Sagan and Cancellera exchanged attacks. Good on him
MSR is always a great race.