49 Facts About Peter Sagan

1. Peter Sagan is twenty-eight and blessed with miles more talent than Tafi is, allied with years of sports science that simply wasn't available to Tafi.

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2. Peter Sagan headlined his own event, the Sagan Fondo, in Windsor, Northern California, last week.

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3. Peter Sagan is a practising Catholic and met Pope Francis in Vatican City in January 2018.

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4. Peter Sagan kicked off the 2018 season by winning the People's Choice Classic, the prelude criterium to the Tour Down Under.

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5. On 8 September, Peter Sagan sprinted to his 100th career victory at 2017 Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec.

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6. Peter Sagan won the third stage of the Tour de France from an uphill sprint in Vittel.

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7. In an attempt to close that gap, Peter Sagan began to chase with rival Greg Van Avermaet.

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8. Peter Sagan entered the 2017 Tour of Flanders in hopes of defending his title.

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9. Peter Sagan came in second at Milan–San Remo after initiating a move near the finish on the slope of the Poggio, bringing with him Michał Kwiatkowski and Julian Alaphilippe.

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10. Peter Sagan achieved his second victory of the season by sprinting to the line ahead of the pack in Stage 3 of Tirreno-Adriatico.

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11. Peter Sagan began the 2017 season at the Tour Down Under where he finished in second place on stages 3, 4 and 6.

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12. Peter Sagan claimed his 3rd victory by winning stage 16 in Bern, beating Alexander Kristoff in a sprint by few centimetres.

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13. In the first stage of the Tour de France Peter Sagan came in third.

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14. On his next race, the Tour de Suisse, Peter Sagan sprinted to victory on the hilly stage 1 around Baar.

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15. In the Tour of California, Peter Sagan won on stages one, which was a bunch sprint finish, and 4, where the finish was contested on the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

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16. Peter Sagan dedicated the win to two cyclists who died recently, Antoine Demoitie and Daan Myngheer.

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17. Upon his win at Gent-Wevelgem Peter Sagan became the World No 1 in the newly formed rankings.

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18. Peter Sagan started his season at the Tour de San Luis, taking his first podium place of the year on Stage 2 by finishing second.

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19. Peter Sagan broke his Grand Tour victory drought at the Vuelta a Espana by outsprinting Nacer Bouhanni and John Degenkolb on the third stage.

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20. Peter Sagan amassed five second places in this Tour, and won the points classification by a margin of 66 points over Greipel.

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21. Peter Sagan came in second and was awarded 'most combative' of the day again.

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22. Peter Sagan chased him down the descent, but to no avail as Plaza soloed to victory.

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23. On the next stage, Peter Sagan was part of the breakaway, amassing maximum points at the intermediate sprint and finishing fifth.

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24. On the fourth Stage featuring cobbles, Peter Sagan sprinted to a third position after protecting his leader Contador.

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25. Peter Sagan started his season at the Tour of Qatar, taking his first podium spot of the season on Stage 4 by finishing second.

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26. Peter Sagan went on to compete in the Clasica San Sebastian but withdrew.

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27. In the first week of the Tour de France, Peter Sagan scored seven top-5 finishes in a row, without registering a victory, a feat that had not been recorded since Charles Pelissier did eight top-5 finishes in a row in 1914.

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28. Peter Sagan won the penultimate stage of the Tour of California, and won the sprints classification, for the fifth successive year.

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29. Peter Sagan finished tenth in Milan–San Remo, despite being considered one of pre-race favorites.

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30. Peter Sagan started the 2014 season at the Tour de San Luis, where he finished second on the final stage.

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31. Peter Sagan got short of success in the Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec where he accelerated strongly on one of the final climbs but faded in sight of the finishing line.

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32. At the Tour, Peter Sagan scored numerous second positions before winning stage 7 to Albi, after his team worked to shed the pure sprinters on the Category 2 Col de la Croix de Mounis.

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33. In the somewhat hectic massive sprint, Peter Sagan came from a long way to beat Michael Matthews, finding a passage on the right side of the road at the last moment.

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34. Peter Sagan finished second at the Tour of Flanders after breaking away with Fabian Cancellara and joining Jurgen Roelandts.

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35. Peter Sagan covered the late break attempts to help Moser's bid for victory, then attacked himself to complete a one-two for Cannondale.

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36. Peter Sagan started his season at the Tour de San Luis, coming close to success in the last stage by finishing second behind Mattia Gavazzi.

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37. Peter Sagan started the 2012 Tour de France by finishing in 53rd place on the Prologue after losing some time in the corners.

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38. Peter Sagan jumped out of his teammate's wheel to get into Burghardt's slipstream and sailed past him to take the win.

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39. On the third stage, Peter Sagan took his third consecutive victory by a very slim margin over Heinrich Haussler for the third time in a row.

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40. Peter Sagan won Stage 4 of Tirreno-Adriatico and played a key role in helping Vincenzo Nibali win the event overall.

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41. Peter Sagan targeted the Vuelta a Espana as his first Grand Tour appearance.

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42. At a team training camp in December 2010, Peter Sagan said that his first goal for the 2011 season would be Milan–San Remo.

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43. Peter Sagan was set to continue in 2011 with the same team, now renamed Liquigas–Cannondale.

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44. At the 2010 Tour of California, Peter Sagan won the 5th and the 6th stage, coming in with the GC contenders each time.

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45. Peter Sagan won his first and second Pro Tour stages during the 2010 Paris–Nice road race.

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46. Peter Sagan joined a Pro Tour team Quick-Step for road testing but failed to secure a contract.

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47. Peter Sagan started to ride bikes at the age of nine when he joined Cyklisticky spolok Zilina, a small local club in his home town.

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48. Born in Zilina, Peter Sagan is the youngest child among three brothers and a sister.

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49. Peter Sagan had a successful junior cyclo-cross and mountain bike racing career, winning the Junior Mountain Bike World Championship in 2008, before moving to road racing.

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