Sagan announces the mountain with his 12th victory in the Tour

The Slovakian beat Van Aert and Trentin in a sprint without pure sprinters, in the day before the great mountain stage of La Planche des Belles Filles.


Peter Sagan has d two records of the Tour de France, both cold with Erik Zabel. The Slovak won on Wednesday the stage of Colmar sheathed in a maillot green that wants to keep until the Champs Elysees to conquer it for the seventh time and tie with the German as historical king of regularity. If you do not suffer falls or disqualifications, no one appears in the current squad that could overshadow him in that bid.

The other record has less prestige, but a great value. Last Saturday, at the Brussels finish, Sagan lost the sprint for a tubular against Mike Teunissen, the first yellow jersey of this Tour. It was the 22nd time that the Slovak qualified second, the same as Zabel in his 14 participations in the Grande Boucle. Sagan is running the eighth of his career, so he still has room to pulverize the German. In his pulse for the green jersey ... And for the second positions.

These second places do not define a loser, but a regular cyclist, trained to fight for the victory in numerous fields. Sagan has come to win the jersey twice without claiming any stage, and for that you have to be very high, for many days. We can not describe as a second a cyclist who has just scored his 12th victory in the Tour, the same as his Siamese Zabel, and who has in his rich track record three world titles, a Roubaix, a Tour of Flanders ... Thus, until overcome the hundred successes, with only 29 years.

Sagan returned to demonstrate its ability to punt in a route that placed a port of second category at 35 kilometers and another from third to 19, enough hard for the pure sprinters to be diluted in their ramps. The Sunweb was the most insistent in doing the clean for Michael Matthews, another fast man who overcomes the slopes well and who even wins in them. It was not so. There are many roosters of similar profile and all are still too fresh. Sagan beat Colmar's Van Aert and Trentin packing, while Matthews could only be seventh. Before, Rui Costa had tried to break the sprint to green those years of glory that allowed him to wear the rainbow jersey.

El Tour 2019 inscribes an illustrious name in his record on the eve of the first great date with the mountain, a stage by the Vosges that combines two increases of yesterday and today. In its route of 170 kilometers, the peloton will come across a classic port, the most classic possible, the Ball of Alsacia, the first ascent of the history of the Tour in 1905, which crowned René Pottier, and the top where Eddy Merckx ignited the yellow jersey in 1969 to not let go. The goal will be in La Planche des Belles Filles, The Table of the Beautiful Girls, a new stage where only champions of great rounds have won: Froome, Nibali and Aru. In its legend, still to be cooked, a curious fact begins to emerge: who has left the leader of this mountain has always finished off in Paris.



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