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Liquigas Cannondale phenomenon gets a new bike for the ride in to Paris

Bradley Wiggins isn't the only rider who will make Tour history today by being the first person from his country to win a Tour jersey, the phenomenon that is Peter Sagan will become the first rider from the Slovakia to win a Tour de France jersey with a runaway win in the green jersey points competition. To celebrate that fact Cannondale have given him a green Super Six Evo to ride on the stage in to Paris today terminating his ride on his previous Tourminator bike.

What makes Sagan's green jersey win even more remarkable is the fact that this is his first Tour de France, and that he's only 22 year's old. The young Slovak is building a big following amongst cycle fans for his bravura style, theatrical winning celebrations… and the tweets of his fictional alter ego @TweeterSagan - one of the ornaments of this edition of the Tour… in the twitterverse at least.

Aside from being green, the other standout detail on the bike are the names of the towns where Sagan took his stage wins on the driveside seat stay… the Cannondale press relese that accompanied the pics says there's "room for decals to score the final sprint stages, Stages 18 and 20", well, maybe not… it'd have looked a bit cramped anyway.

We'll find out what happens on stage 20 soon enough, but in the mean time enjoy these pictures of his bike plus a gallery of bonus shots of his Tourminator machine and some of the bikes ridden by both Sagan and other members of the Liquigas Cannondale team that we shot when we visited the Tour.

Plucked from the obscurity of his London commute back in the mid-Nineties to live in Bath and edit bike mags our man made the jump to the interweb back in 2006 as launch editor of a large cycling website somewhat confusingly named after a piece of navigational equipment. He came up with the idea for road.cc mainly to avoid being told what to do… Oh dear, issues there then. Tony tries to ride his bike every day and if he doesn't he gets grumpy, he likes carbon, but owns steel, and wants titanium. When not on his bike or eating cake Tony spends his time looking for new ways to annoy the road.cc team. He's remarkably good at it.

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scubajonny [16 posts] 4 years ago
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Hope he kept the receipt. Needs to take it back to the shop and get a faster paint job for next year's final stage. Well done Cav and Sky!
Jingoism aside, credit to Sagan; fully deserved Green and will be a force in years to come. For someone that age it is a truly remarkable achievement to win the points competition by such an emphatic margin. He's a proper personality too; bring on more of his winning celebrations!!

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Municipal Waste [239 posts] 4 years ago
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Sagan easily had the pace right at the end to have won that final sprint, perhaps if he'd had a little more experience to have lunged 1 or 2 seconds earlier he would have flown past Cavendish!

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dbamber [3 posts] 4 years ago
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Yes I agree, If Cav wasn't as fast he would have lost! Idiot.

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Raleigh [1665 posts] 4 years ago
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@tweetersagan's stopped tweeting.

V. sad as they were FUNNNNAY

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berniemaupin [13 posts] 4 years ago
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Stood on the Champs Elysee waiting for the teams to do their laps of honour. Liguigas came past where we were with Sagan holding back.

He then ramped up his speed as he sped past his teams mates, threw his weight over the front wheel with his crutch up by the front stem then threw a massive skid like I've never seen much to the amusement of all who witnessed it. Looked like the rear wheel didn't come out of it too well.

The guys a poser totale but a character par excellence !