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Peter Sagan Fan Boy Thread presented by Blackbandit
« on: March 27, 2013, 10:46 »
Peter Sagan (born 26 January 1990 inŽilina) is a Slovak professional road bicycle racer for World Tour Team Cannondale.[3]  Sagan had a successful junior mountain bike racing career, winning the Junior World Championshipin 2008, before moving to road racing.  Sagan is considered by some to be one of cycling's most promising young talents, as he has earned many prestigious victories in just his early twenties.[4] Proofs of this statement come in the following victories: two stages at Paris–Nice, three stages atTirreno–Adriatico, one at the Tour de Romandie, two and the overall classification at the Tour de Pologne, a record eight at the Tour of California,[5]six at the Tour de Suisse as well as the overall classification and three stages of the Giro di Sardegna. He has won six stages at Grand Tours, having won three at the Vuelta a España in 2011 and three at the Tour de France in 2012, helping him secure the points classification jersey.

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Sagan is the youngest child among three brothers and a sister. He was brought up by his sister as his parents spent most of the day taking care of a small grocery shop they own in his hometown.  His older brother Juraj Sagan is also a professional cyclist, and is also a member of the Cannondale team.  Sagan started to ride bikes at the age of nine when he joined Cyklistický spolok Žilina, a small local club in his home town.  Throughout his junior years Sagan rode both mountain bikes and road bikes, and was well known for his unconventional style of riding in tennis shoes and t-shirts and drinking just pure water.  Sagan drew a significant amount of attention when he appeared at the Slovak Cup with a bicycle borrowed from his sister.  Sagan had mistakenly sold his own and had not received a spare from the Velosprint sponsor in time.  He won the race despite riding a supermarket bike with poor brakes and limited gearing.[6]
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    Professional career

    2009

    Sagan's first professional cycling opportunity came along when he was hired by the Dukla Trenčín Mérida team, a Slovak outfit in the Continental Pro (second) division.  In 2008, he won the Junior World Championship on a mountain bike in Vale di Sole. That same year he also finished second at Cyclocross Junior World Championships in Treviso and the Junior Paris–Roubaix.[7]  Sagan joined a Pro Tour team Quick Step for road testing but he failed to get a contract.  :rolleye :(   His frustration was so deep that he decided to quit road cycling, however pressed by his family he gave it a try at Liquigas-Doimo and succeeded. Liquigas' Zanatta offered Sagan a two-year contract (2010–2011) with an option to ride mountain bikes for Cannondale.  In April 2010 the contract was extended to 2012. Liquigas doctors and managers were stunned by results of Sagan's medical tests, saying that they had never ever seen a 19 year old rider as physically strong and capable.   During the training camp Sagan destroyed more mountain bikes than any other rider due to his ability to put a bike through its paces. This earned him the nickname "Terminator", despite his quiet and very polite personality.[citation needed]

    2010

    Liquigas nominated Sagan for his first Pro Tour road race Tour Down Under in January 2010 at the age of 19.  He was involved in a crash during the second stage but kept riding with 17 stitches on his arm and left thigh.  In the queen stage to Willunga he joined an attack over the last climb with Cadel Evans, Alejandro Valverde and Luis León Sánchez.  The four fought to hold off the sprinters' group over the next 20 kilometers, with Sánchez taking the win.[8]  Sagan won his first and second Pro Tour stages during the 2010 Paris–Nice road race.  Sagan was not initially nominated for the race, but joined the team after his teammate Maciej Bodnar broke his collarbone.[9]  His first stage win was gained on March 10, 2010 when Sagan joined a move initiated by Nicolas Roche on the final climb of the third stage into Aurillac and out-sprinted Roche and Joaquim Rodríguez for the stage win. This stage win also gave Sagan the lead in the "Green Jersey" or Points Classification.[10]  Sagan's second Pro Tour win came two days later from a solo attack in the fifth stage into Aix-en-Provence. Attacking three kilometers from the finish up a sharp climb, Sagan was able to hold off the Peloton to claim the win. :cool: :cool:[11]  Alongside his two stage wins, Sagan also finished second in stage two at Limoges and third in stage six into Tourrettes-sur-Loup.  The combination of high stage placings and intermediate sprint points won Sagan the Green Jersey for 2010. He finished the race 17th, three minutes and twenty one seconds behind race winner Alberto Contador, who praised the young Slovak and predicted he would be a rival to watch in future races.  He also finished eighth in the "White Jersey" or Young Riders Classification.[12]
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    At the 2010 Tour of California, Sagan won the 5th and the 6th stage, coming in with the GC contenders each time. After missing the move up Bonny Doon on stage 3, he was 17 seconds back.  The two stage wins that he took not only moved him into 3rd on GC but also put him into the points jersey.  Going into the 7th Stage Time Trial through Los Angeles, he was only 9 seconds back.  Even though he had prior success in Prologues, this Time Trial was slightly too long, and he lost 1 minute and 35 seconds on GC going into the final stage.  Even though he was dropped out of the select GC group on the last lap of the 20.4 miles (32.8 km) circuit, he secured both the Youth Competition and the Points Jersey.  He ended up 8th in the overall, behind seasoned veterans like Levi Leipheimer, Michael Rogers, David Zabriskie, Chris Horner, and Jens Voigt, all people very highly respected in the European peloton. Sagan finished fourth in the opening prologue of the 2010 Tour de Suisse, only three seconds behind Fabian Cancellara, but finished almost 11 minutes down in the second stage and didn't take the start the following day alleging severe fatigue.[13]  After taking a break during the month of July, he returned to good form later in the season, securing high placings in a number of European races as well as 2nd place in the inaugural Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal.  He rode the World Championships in Geelong, Australia for Slovakia, but failed to make an impact in the long race.  He planned to ride several late season races including Paris-Tours and the Giro di Lombardia but an intestinal issue forced him out of the former and weakened him in the latter.[14]

    2011

    Sagan was set to continue in 2011 with the same team, now renamed Liquigas-Cannondale. At a team training camp in December 2010, Sagan said that his first goal for the 2011 season would be Milan San Remo.[15]  After beginning his season with some solid placings in a couple of Italian one-day races, Sagan really got his season going at the Giro di Sardegna. He won 3 of the 5 stages in the race, and won both the overall and the points classification, narrowly hanging on to beat Jose Serpa by 3 seconds in the general classification.[citation needed]  During the Tour of California, he won stage 5 on his way to a win in the points classification for the second straight year at this event.[citation needed]  In June he took part in the Tour de Suisse starting off with a third place in the opening prologue.  He then won a mountain stage 3, showing his versatility, when he caught Damiano Cunego on the descent of Grosse Scheidegg and then outsprinted him in the dash to the finish line.  Sagan managed two other podium placings in the flat stages with an uphill sprint finish before winning stage 8 in another bunch sprint.  This victory was enough to secure another points jersey for the young Slovak rider.[citation needed]  He rode the Tour de Pologne as a preparation for the Vuelta.  He took the leader's jersey after winning stage 4 and then he also won stage 5.  Although he lost the jersey to Daniel Martin after a difficult finish of stage 6, he managed to regain the overall jersey on the final day of the race thanks to bonus seconds for intermediate sprint and a second place on the stage.  He also claimed the points classification.[citation needed]  Sagan targeted the Vuelta a España as his first Grand Tour appearance.  He did not disappoint, earning 3 stage wins in the process.  On stage 6, he caused a split in the small lead group by leading them down the final descent crouched on his bike in an effort to gain maximum speed.  Three team-mates survived his onslaught, plus the heavily outnumbered Pablo Lastras Garcia (Movistar Team) and Sagan went on to win the sprint with some disappointment from the teams leader who missed out on valuable bonus seconds.[16]  He also won stage 12 in a sprint conclusion.  His next objective was the final stage in Madrid, which he won thanks to a very narrow margin to Italian rivals Daniele Bennati and Alessandro Petacchi.[17]
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    2012

    Peter began the season in good form, winning a stage and the points classification in the Tour of Oman.  Sagan won Stage 4 of Tirreno-Adriatico and also played a key role in helping Vincenzo Nibali win the event overallSagan's good form continued into the classics season, with 4th place in Milan-San Remo, 2nd in Gent-Wevelgem, a stage victory in Three Days of De Panne, 5th in the Tour of Flanders and 3rd in the Amstel Gold RaceOn the first stage of the Tour of California, Sagan had a puncture with 7 km to go. He worked his way back solo to the bunch and avoided a crash that occurred with 3 km left in the race. His team-mate Daniel Oss piloted him in the last few kilometers, and Sagan out sprinted his rivals, taking the stage win.[18]  The very next day, he won again on stage 2, in Santa Cruz.  After suffering a crash in the Empire Grade climb, he got back on and his team dragged him to the last corner of the race, a right bend with the finish line only a couple hundred meters away.  Sagan was first out of the corner and accelerated to the finish, taking his second victory in a row.[19]  On the third stage, Sagan took his third consecutive victory by a very slim margin over Heinrich Haussler (Garmin-Barracuda) for the third time in a row.[20] He would go on to win again on the fourth stage in a bunch finish.[21]  After the dust settled on the Tour, Sagan had five stage wins, including the eighth and final stage in Los Angeles[22] and the points jersey, shattering the previous record of Tour of California stage wins with a cumulative of eight stages, the previous mark attained by Levi Leipheimer of the Omega Pharma-Quick Step squad with six.[5][23]  "I have never seen a rider like him. I do not think anyone has. He is the first-of-a-kind rider. You can expect everything because he can win what he wants. Anything. If he wins the Tour de France someday, it will not be a surprise to me. Watch out."Ivan Basso on Sagan.[24]  Sagan demonstrated good form once again in the World Tour classified Tour de Suisse by winning four stages and the points classification jerseyHe kicked things off with a somewhat surprising win in the opening prologue, besting local favorite and time trial specialist Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Nissan) by 4 seconds over the 7.3 km (4.5 mi) course. :rolleye :cool:[25]  The second stage was not suited for him since it was a mountainous affair, but he did prevail on stage 3, in a thrilling finish where the bunch caught the final two escapees inside the final kilometer.  The asphalt was wet with rain and Sagan's foot came out of his pedal in one of the last bend, but he managed to stay upright and pass Orica-GreenEDGE's Baden Cooke before the line, arms in the air and wearing the white jersey awarded to the best sprinter.[26]  The very next day, he took his third victory in four days, once again in rainy conditions.  With about 350 meters to go, Marcus Burghardt of BMC Racing Team launched a sprint for the finish line.  Sagan jumped out of his teammate's wheel to get into Burghardt's slipstream and sailed past him to take the win.  He thanked his team for their efforts afterward, especially Moreno Moser, who "shut down every attack at the end of the race, letting me do the sprint I wanted; big thanks to Moreno and I hope I can return the favour soon." ;) :D :lol[27]  The next win came on stage 6, the last stage of the Tour which was suited to the sprinters.  The final kilometers in Bischofszell were filled with urban obstacles such as roundabouts and sharp bends, and Sagan stayed with the head of the bunch.  With 200 meters to go, Sagan took a left bend with a small patch of cobbles in it at full speed.  He scraped the barriers as he came out of the corner and nearly crashedwith Orica-GreenEDGE's Michael Albasini jamming him on his left, and sprinted his way to victory.  When asked about the seemingly close call he had in the aforementioned turn, the Slovak answered: "The finishes in the Tour de Suisse are never straight so you need to invent something to find some space [...]".[28]
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    Prior to the Tour, Sagan made a bet with Liquigas president Paolo Zani.  If Sagan was able to win two stages and the green jersey, Zani would have to buy a Porsche car for him.  Sagan started the Tour by finishing in 53rd place on the Prologue after losing some time in the corners.  He won the first stage in Seraing atop a small climb after breaking away with a little more than a kilometre to go with Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Nissan) and out sprinting him and Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Sky).[29]  According to Sagan's SRM file, in the final 1.5 km when Cancellara initiated the move, Sagan ramped up his cadence to over 120rpm to stay with him and averaged 493 watts of power in the last 2 minutes 20 seconds of the race.  His power output surged to 1,236 watts in the finale, averaging 970 watts in the last 200 metres.[30]  On Stage 3, he came atop the final Category 4 climb in Boulogne-sur-Mer sprinting away and leaving the field behind.[31]  As he crossed the finish line, which was situated at the end of the 700 meters slope, he made a gesture imitating the run of Forrest Gump.[32]  He won again on Stage 6, which had a course suited for a bunch sprint and finished in Metz.  He beat pure sprinters Andre Greipel of Lotto-Belisol and Matthew Goss of the Orica-GreenEDGE squad by a little more than a bike length.[33]  He finished the Tour with 3 stage wins and the green jersey, also earning the "most combative" rider award on the mountainous Stage 14.[34]  He collected on his bet with team mgmt earning a Porsche for his performance.

    2013

    In 2013, Sagan's team changed its name to Cannondale, since Liquigas ended its cycling sponsorship after eight years.[36]  Sagan started his season at the Tour de San Luis, coming close to success in the last stage by finishing second behind Mattia Gavazzi.[37]  He took his first victory of the season on the second stage of the Tour of Oman.  Sagan broke away from a group of chasers in the final kilometers, joined three escapees but continued his effort to bank a solo win.[38]  He won again the very next day on a stage that featured the same course as stage 2 of the 2012 edition, which he had won as well.[39]  Before the start of stage 5, Sagan announced his withdrawal due to a bronchitis.[40]  He scored a victory in his very first comeback race, the Gran Premio Città di Camaiore by out sprinting a group of twelve riders.[41]  He finished second at Strade Bianche, while his team-mate Moreno Moser won the event.  Sagan covered the late break attempts to help Moser's bid for victory, then attacked himself to complete a one-two for Cannondale.[42]  He went on to win stages 3 and 6 of Tirreno–Adriatico. On stage 3, he out sprinted Mark Cavendish and Andre Greipel in pouring rain after his team accelerated the race's speed on a small climb nearing the finish.[43]  On stage 6, Sagan survived a climb featuring a section at a slated 30% incline, and formed a breakaway with former teammate Vincenzo Nibali and Joaquim Rodriguez.  He beat both in the sprint.[44]  Sagan's excellent form meant he entered Milan - San Remo as the red hot favorite for victory, however, he was beaten into second place in the sprint by MTN Qhubeka's Gerald Ciolek.[45]  The following Friday Peter finished 2nd to a raging Cancellara at WT event Semi Classic E3 Harelbeke.  He then won the Gent–Wevelgem race, which had been shortened by 50 kilometres (31 mi) due to extreme cold. Sagan broke away from a group of 10 riders with 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) remaining and win solo, performing a series of wheelies after crossing the line.[46]  Two days later, Sagan carried his good form to the Three Days of De Panne, where he won a close sprint ahead of Arnaud Démare of FDJ.  Démare complained to the race officials that Sagan had swerved slightly in the final metres, but to no avail as they maintained Sagan's victory.[47]
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    Major results

    2008 - 1st MTB World Championships Juniors, 1st MTB European Championships Juniors, 2nd Cyclo-cross World Championships Juniors, 2nd Juniors Paris–Roubaix

    2009 - 1st GP Kooperativa, 1st Points classification, 1st Young Rider classification, 1st Stages 2 & 5, 7th Overall Dookola Mazowsza

    2010 - Paris–Nice 1st Points classification, 1st Stages 3 & 5, Tour de Romandie 1st Stage 1, 2nd Philadelphia International Championship, 2nd Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal, 7th GP Ouest-France, 8th Overall Tour of California, 1st Points classification, 1st Young Rider classification, 1st Stage 5 & 6

    2011 - 1st Overall Giro di Sardegna, 1st Points classification, 1st Stages 1, 3 & 4, Tour of California 1st Points classification, 1st Stage 5 Tour de Suisse, 1st Points classification, 1st Stages 3 & 8, 1st Overall Tour de Pologne, 1st Points classification, 1st Stages 4 & 5, Vuelta a España 1st Stages 6, 12 & 21, 1st National Road Race Championship, 1st GP Industria & Commercio di Prato, 2nd Philadelphia International Championship

    2012 - Tour of Oman 1st Points classification, 1st Stage 2, 1st Stage 4 Tirreno–Adriatico, 1st Stage 1 Three Days of De Panne, Tour of California 1st Points classification, 1st Stages 1, 2, 3, 4 & 8, Tour de Suisse 1st Points classification, 1st Stages 1 (ITT), 3, 4 & 6;  Tour de France 1st Points classification, 1st Stages 1, 3 & 6, Combativity award Stage 14, 1st National Road Race Championship, 2nd Gent–Wevelgem, 3rdAmstel Gold Race, 4thMilan – San Remo, 5th Tour of Flanders

    2013 - 1st Gent–Wevelgem, 1st Gran Premio Città di Camaiore, Tour of Oman 1st Stages 2 & 3, Tirreno–Adriatico 1st Stages 3 & 6, 1st Stage 1 Three Days of De Panne, 2nd Strade Bianche, 2nd Milan – San Remo, 2nd E3 Harelbeke


    And many more to come...
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    Yes, this is all from Wikipedia.   

     References

    ^ The Terminator ROAD Magazine
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    In the beginning, the storm slowly brewing.....




    4:00 mark
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    This brings back memories. Outsprinted by Jouffroy, lol.  :D

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  • "Paris-Roubaix is the biggest cycling race in the world, bigger than the Tour de France, bigger than any other bike race" (Sir Bradley Wiggins)

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    Since starting Oman, Sagan has competed in 18 races, winning 7, finishing 2nd 3x & 2 other Top Tens.

    7/18 = .38888 = 39% Winning Percentage    ;)

    10/18 = .55555 = 56% Top two or Podium Percentage  :D

    12/18 = .66666 = 67% Top 10 Percentage    :cool:


    26/03/2013  ?    Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde, Stage 2   
    26/03/2013  1    Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde, Stage 1
    24/03/2013  1    Gent - Wevelgem 
    22/03/2013  2     E3 Prijs Vlaanderen - Harelbeke 
    17/03/2013  2     Milano - Sanremo
    12/03/2013  21   Tirreno - Adriatico, Stage 7 
    11/03/2013  1     Tirreno - Adriatico, Stage 6
    10/03/2013  32   Tirreno - Adriatico, Stage 5 
    09/03/2013  98   Tirreno - Adriatico, Stage 4
    08/03/2013  1     Tirreno - Adriatico, Stage 3
    07/03/2013   9    Tirreno - Adriatico, Stage 2
    06/03/2013  4     Tirreno - Adriatico, Stage 1
    02/03/2013   2     Strade Bianche 
    28/02/2013  1      GP Citta di Camaiore   
    14/02/2013   96   Tour of Oman, Stage 4, DNS Stage 5
    13/02/2013    1    Tour of Oman, Stage 3   
    12/02/2013    1    Tour of Oman, Stage 2 
    11/02/2013   32   Tour of Oman, Stage 1

    Not including Tour of Luis, a warm up race  :?
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    Can't say I'm really a fanboy yet, but Sagan is growing more on me every race. He doesn't just lean on his sprint, but isn't afraid to go attack either. Even solo, as in G-W. His victory celebrations, his attitude, his teamplay.. I really like this guy. I hope Cancellara will get a few more monuments in the next few years, but I certainly won't mind if Sagan starts picking them up as well.

    Plus, his help to Nibali in T-A made me like him more as well ;)
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    This could make for a good thread in itself.

    Favorite riders thru the years:

    Greg LeMond (1989-90)
    He won the TDF 2x, scratch that 3x.  Oh yeah, he's American and put cycling in the news.

    Lance Armstong (1991-95)
    Young hot shot amateur, heavily favored to win 1992 Olympics, dominated US races, won WC RR as a Neo Pro, always a threat in European One Day races.

    Johan Museeuw (1996-2002)
    The Lion of Flanders, the King of Classics

    Tom Boonen (2003-2008)
    The new King of Classics, and fastest sprinter in the world

    Heinrich Haussler (2009)
    A rider who after joining a new team appeared to of blossomed into a Classics titan.

    Peter Sagan (2010-)
    The Terminator, with freakish abilities
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    Can't say I'm really a fanboy yet, but Sagan is growing more on me every race. He doesn't just lean on his sprint, but isn't afraid to go attack either. Even solo, as in G-W. His victory celebrations, his attitude, his teamplay.. I really like this guy. I hope Cancellara will get a few more monuments in the next few years, but I certainly won't mind if Sagan starts picking them up as well.Plus, his help to Nibali in T-A made me like him more as well

    I fell in love with Sagan based on his 2010 TDU breakaway and 2010 P-N performance, he didn't really lean on  his sprint in either race.  Ok, at P-N he did compete in a number of field sprints and win the Pts jersey.  At the time I thought that was more due to being an excitable n petulant child.  By TOC I was a fan, then I met him in Philly that June n it sealed the deal.  He was the nicest guy granted he was only just 20, half way around the world from his home and didn't speak an once of English at the time.

    I think alot of people dislike Sagan cuz he's too young to be so good and he's become too dominate like Cav, old Boonen, 2010 Cancellara, 2011 Phil.  Also, he's making racing boring and making life too hard for everyone's favorite riders.

    I think alot of peoples first exposure to Sagan was the 2012 TDF and while most loved him.. alot of people considered him a egotistical, wheel sucking show off.
    THOSE PEOPLE ARE UNINFORMED AND DON'T KNOW CYCLING.
    You mentioned he depended on his sprint too much, well that's like saying Cavendish sprints too much.  If you have it use it.
            I hate Cavendish by the way and feel hes to dominate, a pre madonna, makes racing boring yada yada.  He has grown on me due to issues since leaving HTC (where he flogged talented riders like Wiggins, EBH, Martin, Ciolek, Eisel, etc), plus hes on one of my favorite teams (see two previous fav riders above) & picked for CQ. :'(  Although he won today.  ;)

    Back to Sagan, those people didn't see TDU, P-N, Sardegna, T-A, Suisse, Flanders, Oman, etc. 

    Those vids are coming.


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    The cycling world may have to decide fast what to think of him as he seems to be winning for fun and rather than stagnating like some thought, instead he seems to be rapidly improving. Some people think he is arrogant what with those elaborate celebrations of his but after having read a number of features on him it is clear to me that he is quite the gentleman shy and yet immensely talented. His tendency towards epic rides really makes me like him and whatever can be said about him he certainly entertains.
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    I also plan to do some one on one analysis Sagan vs.

    EBH
    Phinney
    Boonen
    Cancellara
    Merckx
    Armstrong
    Museeuw
    Hushovd
    Gilbert
    Zabel
    Freire
     
    Starting with my favorite Bettini.

    Post Merge: March 28, 2013, 03:02
    Love this video, and how it shows him scalping Haussler, Boonen, Cancellara & Griepel.




    Love the music too

    Post Merge: March 28, 2013, 03:02
    Remember, this is a 19 yro in his first race with the kings of the sport.

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    Sagan vs. Paolo Bettini

    1998 (Age 24)
    1st Stage 4a Tour de Romandie
    1999 (Age 25)
    1st Stage 4 Tirreno-Adriatico
    1st Stage 1 Volta a Galicia
    1st Overall Giro della Provincia di Lucca
    1st Stage 1
    2000  (Age 26)
    1st Liège-Bastogne-Liège
    1st Stage 9 Tour de France
    1st Overall Memorial Cecchi Gori
    1st Stage 2
    1st Stage 4
    1st Trofeo Soller
    2001 (Age 27)
    1st Meisterschaft von Zürich
    2nd Overall Le Tour de Langkawi
    1st Stage 3
    1st Stage 11
    1st Coppa Placci
    1st Stage 4 Giro della Provincia di Lucca
    2002 (Age 28)
    1st Overall UCI Road World Cup
    1st Liège-Bastogne-Liège
    1st Stage 2 Tirreno-Adriatico
    1st Coppa Sabatini
    1st Giro del Lazio
    1st Overall Tour de Wallonie
    1st Stage 1
    1st Overall Giro Della Liguria
    1st Stage 3
    1st Stage 4
    1st Overall Giro Riviera Ligure Pomente
    1st Stage 3
    1st Stage 4
    1st Stage 6 Tour de France
    1st Stage 1 Tour Méditerranéen
    2003 (Age 29)
    1st  National Road Race Champion
    1st Overall UCI Road World Cup
    1st Milan - San Remo
    1st HEW Cyclassics
    1st Clásica San Sebastián
    1st Overall Tour Méditerranéen
    2004 (Age 30)
    1st  Olympics Men's Road Race
    1st Overall UCI Road World Cup
    1st  Overall Tirreno-Adriatico
    1st Stage 4
    1st Stage 6
    1st Stage 8 Tour de Suisse
    1st Stage 2 Tour Méditerranéen
    1st Gran Premio Città di Camaiore
    2005 (Age 31)
    1st  Points Classification Giro d'Italia
    1st Stage 1
    1st Stage 16 Vuelta a España
    1st Meisterschaft von Zürich
    1st Giro di Lombardia
    2006 (Age 32)
    1st  UCI Road Race World Champion
    1st  National Road Race Champion
    1st  Points Classification Giro d'Italia
    1st Stage 15
    1st Stage 2 Vuelta a España
    1st Giro di Lombardia
    1st Stage 1 Tirreno-Adriatico
    1st Stage 2 Tirreno-Adriatico
    1st Trofeo Soller
    1st Gran Premio di Lugano
    2007 (Age 33)
    1st  UCI Road Race World Champion
    1st Stage 3 Vuelta a España
    1st Stage 4 Tour of California
    2008 (Age 34)
    1st Stage 6 Vuelta a España
    1st Stage 12 Vuelta a España
    3rd Overall Tour de Wallonie
    1st Stage 2
    1st Stage 1 Österreich Rundfahrt
    1st Trofeo Matteotti


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    Tour de France
    1 individual stage
    Giro d'Italia
    Points Classification (2005, 2006)
    2 individual stages
    Vuelta a España
    5 individual stages
    Stage Races
    Tirreno-Adriatico (2004)

    Single-Day Races and Classics

    World Road Race Champion
    (2006, 2007)
    National Road Race Champion
    (2003, 2006)
    Olympics Men's Road Race (2004)
    Clásica San Sebastián (2003)
    Giro di Lombardia (2005, 2006)
    HEW Cyclassics (2003)
    Liège–Bastogne–Liège (2000, 2002)
    Milan - San Remo (2003)
    Züri-Metzgete (2001, 2005)
    Other
    UCI Road World Cup
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    Velo d'Or (2006)

    First of all Bettini retired at age 34? (Freire retired @ 36, What age did Sean Kelly retire at?) He is still only 38 for the next month??  There was a time when riders didn't hit there prime until atleast 26 and retired by 34.  Well, I guess that is still the case for most riders, meanwhile Sagan is a champion at 21 and Jens & Horner are prepared to ride till age 45.

    Bettini was a great champion with a more traditional career curve.  He played the role of a loyal domestique for the older Bartoli from 1997-1999.  Most of us realized how valuable he was and felt he was quickly becoming better then Bartoli.  At about his 26 birthday he won his first monument the 2000 LBL, followed by his only TDF stage.  He became a classics weapon winning the World Cups in 2002, 2003, 2004 & the 2004 Olympics.  He did so with consistency armed with climbing ability and a dangerous sprint from a reduced field.  He focused largely on MSR, the Ardennes & Fall Classics with an occasional Flanders start.  He was in his prime those years 28, 29, 30 and really began to focus on races with his specialty nasty finishing kicks or challenging races w/ sprint finishes.  In the twilight of his career age 32 & 33 mind you, he rattled off back to back WC RR Victories in 2006 & 2007.

    Bettini had so much success with the GREAT Climb and GREAT Sprint mixture of abilities that I like to use him to measure all others. During his day he was always a threat and other riders were always tentative to include him in the break & work with him.  Sean Kelly's prime was before my time, Freire honestly should of been even better then Bettini but due to injury I think became more the true field sprinter, Gilbert has picked up Bettini's mantle in recent years.

    Sagan is a far better sprinter then Bettini ever was, Sagan is a borderline true field sprinter.  I also think there is evidence that Sagan is a better sprinter of uphill kickers, but Bettini did use that ability to win the Olympics and atleast one WC so he holds the lead there.  I think Sagan is not the climber Bettini was certainly based on Bettini's Ardennes & Lombardy wins.  That said I think Sagan could change his physique to easily win those races.  Alright, maybe their not the exact same riders but Sagan will surpass Bettini's GT stage win total by age 25 and should win atleast 2 WC of his own (he better start grooming some Slovak Domestiques, I'm sure Sagan has already exploded the popularity of cycling in his home country and his pts alone are probably enough to get atleast an 8 man team).  To bad the World Cup no longer exists.
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    Sagan vs. Contemporaries - EBH & Phinney

    Sagan 1-26-90     23
    Boasson Hagen 5-17-87   25
    Phinney 6-27-90   22

    All three were labelled as prodigies with abilities far ahead of their peer group.
    All three also exceled in one day classic style events and possessed a quick finishing sprint.

    TP

    2011 - 4th Overall Eneco Tour, 1st Prologue
    2012 - 1st Stage 1 (ITT) Giro d'Italia, 1st Stage 7 (ITT) USA Pro Cycling Challenge, 1st Stage 1 (TTT) Giro del Trentino, 2nd UCI World Team Time Trial Championships, 2nd UCI World Time Trial Championships, 3rd Chrono des Nations, 4th Olympic Road Race, 4th Olympic Time Trial, 15th Paris-Roubaix
    2013 - 3rd Overall Tour of Qatar, 1st  Young rider classification, 1st Stage 2 (TTT), 7th Milan – San Remo
    Funny, Wikipedia didn't mention his 15th in his first Roubaix, but had a paragraph on his Solo finish at  T-A.  That was an impressive ride dragging his 190 lbs up those hills, and oh yeah Sagan won that race.  Taylors ride at MSR was largely missed by tv cameras, it was another impressive solo effort and a Top 10 result in a Monument at 22 yrs old.  I wonder if TP could of achieved that result had the Turchino n Le Manie been included, doubtful.

    Phinney appears ready to become a young Rogers rattling off TT WC, and a Cancellara type dominating GT prologues grabbing leaders jerseys, winning TTs at will, and being at danger at first three monuments of year.

    To be continued...
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    Count me in :D

    I think that Sagan's main career objective should be to win all five monuments in the same season (and the WC as well..). I think he can do it.
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    Great thread Blackbandit, I greatly enjoy reading about Sagan and watching videos of him. Especially in the early years, great to see where young phenoms like him come from.

    Also agree with Hugo, I could definitely see Sagan developing to a level where he was able to win all 5 monuments. Would be a great goal for him to strive for and would also put him in a permanent place as a legend of cycling.
    Hope to see him take his first monument on Sunday.  :D
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    I would love him to race and win Liege.

    He has already shown he can win it and in epic style as well.  :)
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    I would love him to race and win Liege.

    I agree I'd like to see him do all the Monuments & Major classics.  Including Paris-Roubaix, Amstel, Fleche, LBL, San Sebastian - hey Lance won it, Paris-Tours, Lombardia, Vattenfall.

    I say bring back the World Cup!  Why did it ever stop? I think it lost some of its swagger in the end, but I think it was largely political.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UCI_Road_World_Cup

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    I think that Sagan's main career objective should be to win all five monuments in the same season (and the WC as well..). I think he can do it.
    Definitely. I would give him very short odds in getting on the podium in all these within the same season - if he starts them, he's almost certain to finish in the top-10. Maybe with the exception of Lombardia, but that can change - he's only 23.

    I say bring back the World Cup!  Why did it ever stop? I think it lost some of its swagger in the end, but I think it was largely political.
    Ask Hein & Pat. They wanted the ProTour, I don't think many others really did. And look where it brought us.

    I propose these 10 races:
    Spring:
    Milano-San Remo
    Gent-Wevelgem
    Ronde van Vlaanderen
    Paris-Roubaix
    Amstel Gold Race
    Liège-Bastogne-Liège

    Autumn:
    Clasica San Sebastian
    Cyclassics Hamburg or GP Ouest-France
    GP Montréal or GP Québec
    Giro di Lombardia

    A bit light in autumn, Zürich (no longer around) and Paris-Tours are sorely missing. I think Paris-Tours could step up again easily, but then one of the spring races would have to go (Gent-Wevelgem the most obvious candidate).
    Or we could expand to 12 races (Paris-Tours is a given of course) and
    a) move Strade Bianche to October, make it longer and give it the status it surely deserves (remember that there will be none of the "forced participation" BS in the World Cup - WT teams can enter if they want, but may opt out of as many races as they want; the race can then invite ProConti teams up to the limit of 25 teams/race)
    b) make a new race somewhere, possibly in Great Britain - but a real race. I propose a "Yorkshire Classic".
    c) re-elevate a traditional race like Paris-Bruxelles.

    I think this discussion should go in its own thread though for further discussion.
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    "Sagan is so strong it's like he's playing little jokes with the others," Lefevere told Cyclingnews after stage 1 of De Panne.

    "He is using the right tactics and he put the sprinters' team in a lot of pain."


    "I was talking with Boonen on the bus. He still has a little bit of pain in his knee but if he can go into Wednesday and race the 220 kilometres then we can start to think about how we can beat Sagan on Sunday."

    "In the past it was an easy decision because it was Tom and then the others. He was pulling today in the finale and that's the real Tom Boonen and he has good legs. But maybe for Flanders it's okay if Boonen, Chavanel and Terptra have the shape that we had today and then we can play on different cards. Of course it depends how Cancellara and Sagan are racing."

    "You can't be frustrated. I've seen that his team is getting better but a team is only as good as their leader. We have a strong team but it's difficult to organise a race if Sagan attacks."


    http://velonews.competitor.com/2013/03/news/smiling-sagan-responsive-and-ready-for-ronde_279673

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    Peter Sagan (Cannondale) ★★★★
    This isn’t a hard case to make. Peter Sagan is on fire right now, having won Ghent-Wevelgem on Sunday with a four-kilometer solo attack from a small group and toyed with the field on Tuesday in the opening stage of VDK Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde.

    He’s been on the cusp of classics success for what seemed like ages, given his talent (and media coverage), though he’s only logged one full campaign, in 2012. He finished fourth in Milano-Sanremo, second at Ghent-Wevelgem, fifth at Flanders, and third in the Amstel Gold Race one year ago. He’s shown sharp form this year, winning two stages at the Tour of Oman and Tirreno-Adriatico and finishing second at Milano-Sanremo and E3 Harelbeke, but the more important indication we’ve gotten from Sagan’s early-season classics romp is that with a year to reflect on the Flemish hellingen, the Slovak champion is arriving to the finales in better position than in 2012.

    Obviously, Peter Sagan can win bike races. But can he win this race? Clearly, things change in a race as lumpy — and long — as Flanders, at 256km. He will likely be in the selection once it’s made, as will his chief rival for this cobbled monument, Fabian Cancellara. Sagan has proven the more crafty racer as of late, and has a much faster finishing sprint. Cancellara can churn out devastating power numbers for greater distances.

    Both those riders’ strengths have been in play when they’ve gone head-to-head. In stage 1 of last year’s Tour de France, Sagan jumped on the wheel of “Spartacus” when he attacked on the 2.4km, 4.7-percent Côte de Seraing — textbook Cancellara. Sagan won his first Tour stage that day, ignoring Cancellara’s pleas for him to pull through before sprinting for the win.

    Cancellara won in Harelbeke on Friday after he got clear of Sagan and the other contenders over the top of the Oude Kwaremont. Cancellara was at his best and should be again on Sunday. The only question is if Sagan can hold his wheel on the climbs and arrive on the Minderbroadersstraat with a shot at a sprint. —MATTHEW BEAUDIN
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    I am not really a fan ...

    but I really like what he said after RVV

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    "I'm very happy for the second place. Fabian rode really well and today I was just not good enough for him. He attacked on the last climb, I tried to hold on to him but he was faster. Today the best rider won."

    I like the humility and grace that he shows.  Its often easy to win with grace - much harder to lose and show that kind of respect straight up.

    I am not won over by any means    :D   but I admit he showed something there.

    Having said that - I thought the ass-grabbing incident on the podium was fairly poor judgement if he knew that girl, and EXTREMELY poor judgement if he didnt.    :rolleye

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    I think alot of peoples first exposure to Sagan was the 2012 TDF and while most loved him.. alot of people considered him a egotistical, wheel sucking show off.
    THOSE PEOPLE ARE UNINFORMED AND DON'T KNOW CYCLING.
    You mentioned he depended on his sprint too much, well that's like saying Cavendish sprints too much.  If you have it use it.

    I call this determinism.

    Just because you have a sprint you are exempted from sharing the workload of the chase behind breakaways. What's that? Cavendish hasn't achieved anything to me. His best performances are his Madison titles, his prologue win in Romandy and his 10th place at De Panne, lol.  :D

    It's just like the Démare vs Sagan sprint at the De Panne stage 1. Everybody focused on the Sagan manoeuvre in the sprint but nobody realised that Démare sucked his wheel all the time during the breakaway. Why? Because he has a sprint and had a teammate in the break so he considered himself exempted from sharing the workload.  :rolleye What the hell is that ! I'm not a Sagan fan and yet I considered that win, well deserved.

    And there are people who compared Sagan to Cavendish? Well then I must be completely disconnected with cycling ! When Sagan wins in a bunch sprint I have to say it's a poor win, if it's a breakaway win, it's good win, period.
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     :D   In the words of Ja Rule "IT'S MURDA!"

    http://www.cyclingnews.com/races/de-brabantse-pijl-la-flche-brabanonne-2013/results

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    Shes not a model, she actually holds a fairly decent position in the Flanders Classics organisation

    Well then she knows she was gropped by the best, the new golden boy, the new Boonen, $2+ mill a yr man or soon to be.
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    Echoes: And there are people who compared Sagan to Cavendish? Well then I must be completely disconnected with cycling ! When Sagan wins in a bunch sprint I have to say it's a poor win, if it's a breakaway win, it's good win, period.

    Sagan does both and mixes it up well.  With his freakish ability to climb and sprint he could win tons of races w/ an armchair ride from teammates.  (ie. TOC)  He wins plenty with freakish shows of strength as well. (ie. This whole Classics season)

    It's staggering his consitency and determination.  Most are happy to use races to gain fitness or just make an appearence or showing.  I truly feel Sagan attempts to win every race he enters.  (Obviously, he was off late last yr at the end of a long season.  But this Sunday is WC PT. 2!)
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