Peter Sagan has the legs to climb and sprint. Today, he and his Cannondale team eliminated all the major sprinters during the hilly 127-mile stage from Montpellier to Albi. And then Sagan put the hammer down to cross the finish line first– his first stage win of this year’s Tour.
“No one was going to beat me today,” Sagan said. “I’m very happy because after first day’s crash I didn’t feel very good. But day by day I felt better. I’m very happy.”
Sagan remains in the green jersey. The 23-year-old Slovakian national champion certainly deserved the win.
“I’d be overambitious if I could say I can keep the yellow jersey,” Impey said. “I think tomorrow it’ll be hard to hold on to yellow.”
But there’s a new leader among the mountain climbers. Frenchmen Blel Kadri is King of the Mountains, at least for the moment. (Definitely George Hincapie’s doppelganger!) We’ll see if Kadri can hold on to the polka-dot jersey as the Tour moves to the steeper mountain tops tomorrow.
George Hincapie during his years with the US Postal Service team, had one of the most friendly faces in pro racing. He competed 17 times in the Tour de France and is now retired from cycling to run his own clothing business.