Slovakia’s Peter Sagan confirmed he was the most promising rider in the world peloton when he won the first stage of his first Tour de France on Sunday.
The 22-year-old Liquigas rider surged ahead in the tricky finale of the 198-km ride from Liege, on the wheel of prologue winner Fabian Cancellara, to snatch his 14th victory of the season.
Norway’s Edvald Boasson Hagen was third just ahead of the bunch.
Cancellara retained his overall leader’s yellow jersey, with a seven-second lead over Briton Bradley Wiggins.
The last three kilometres of Sunday’s stage were up a short and steep hill on which France’s Sylvain Chavanel was the first to attack. Cancellara immediately followed suit, but the Swiss could not drop Sagan, who stuck to his wheel until the final stretch.
Below is an interview with stage 1 winner Peter Sagan.
Today.s third stage takes the peloton from Vise to Tournai over 207.5 kms.
Stage 2 Profile:
This flat stage is tailored to pure sprinters. With Cavendish having missed out on a win the day before, this is the perfect place to make amends. This will be the third day straight that the Tour de France stays in Belgium. The stage will start from Visé, which is hosting the Tour for the first time. The bunch will visit the citadel of Namur halfway through the stage (km 82).