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Press Releases | 14.05.2021

Peter Sagan’s strong sprint squeezed to a standstill as incident in finale sees him finish fourteenth on Giro d’Italia stage 7

Weaving its way down Italy’s Adriatic coast, stage 7 of the Giro d’Italia was predicted to be one for the sprinters. The 181km parcours was fairly flat much of the day, with only a fourth category climb to slow things down on an otherwise fast stage. While the peloton and its sprinters were confident of taking the stage, a trio decided they would try to frustrate the faster riders and set about building a lead of five minutes. The five minute marker was the point the bunch sprang into action to reduce this gap, bringing things down to a more manageable 2:30 at the day’s halfway point, before reducing this further to thirty seconds in the final 25km. Once the catch was made with 15km to go, BORA-hansgrohe took over on the front, the entire team working to keep Peter Sagan in position for the sprint and to ensure Emanuel Buchmann arrived at the finish safely. The final kilometres were incredibly demanding, with narrow roads, street furniture and multiple bends that could cause crashes or catch riders out of position – especially with speeds hitting 60km/h in the final 5km. On an uphill stretch with 1.2km to go, Daniel Oss pulled to draw back a late attack, leaving Peter with the sprinters behind. The Italian rider took to the front to control the pace before the sprint started and Peter followed as the fast men leapt towards the line. However, on the final right-hand bend, Peter was pushed into the barrier, the Slovak rider using all his bike handling skills not to end up on the ground and at this point, the loss of momentum prevented him from contesting the win. Peter crossed the line in fourteenth position, with the rest of the team coming in safe with the bunch. 

 

Results 

01        C.Ewan                       4h42’12” 

02        D.Cimolai                    + 0:00 

03        T.Merlier                    + 0:00 

... 

14        P.Sagan                       + 0:00 

 

From the Finish Line 

"I would say it was a bittersweet stage today. I had strong legs, I was feeling well and the squad was fantastic. They worked perfectly to keep me safe and position me, especially in the difficult final kilometres. I was in a good position for the sprint finish but a rider in front of me closed me into the barriers and there was little I could do." – Peter Sagan 

"It was a sprint stage that suited Peter really well. The finale was tricky, with was a sharp right-hand corner with 1.5km to go, followed by a short and steep climb. Peter was very well positioned, the guys did a brilliant job all day and Daniel Oss lead him out very well. Unfortunately, in the final few hundred metres, Peter was closed by another rider, touched the barriers and that was the end of his sprint effort." – Jan Valach, Sports Director

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