The year of Sagan
In all fairness, we could probably have come up with six great moments from the 2016 season pertaining just to Peter Sagan, so great is our love for him and so fruitful has his season been. Although given the way he started the year, you’d probably be forgiven for not predicting that latter success back in the spring.
At the start of the year Tinkoff team owner, Oleg Tinkov, publicly criticised his star rider for not delivering the results expected of him – and many people were writing Sagan off as yet another victim of ‘the curse of the rainbow bands’, the seemingly negative effect the current world champ’s jersey seems to have on whoever wears it.
However, in true Sagan style, he managed to surprise us all with a victory on the cobbles of the Tour of Flanders that was reminiscent of Classics legend, Fabian Cancellara.
After being pipped into second place one too many times because other riders were unwilling to work with him, Sagan decided on this occasion he’d just drop everyone, instead of bothering with all that cat and mouse nonsense. In his own words:
“It’s very hard to work with other guys, because nobody wants to work with me. It’s always better to drop everybody, I think.”
Yes, Peter. Yes it is.