Peter Sagan came second in the first three stages of this year’s Amgen Tour of California. Yesterday though he made it fourth time lucky as he won in Avila Beach despite a couple of tight corners inside the final kilometre – and on-bike footage gives a great view of his bike handling skills.
The rear-facing camera was on the bike of Drapac Pro Cycling rider Graeme Brown and shows the Slovak rider taking those last two bends then powering through in the home straight to win from Wouter Wippert and Mark Cavendish.
It’s his second win since joining Tinkoff-Saxo, and surprisingly only his third in the past 12 months – though last July he won the Tour de France points classification without winning a stage.
And while he retained his Slovak national title in June last year, that race is held jointly with the Czech national championships, with Sagan finishing second to the Czech Republic’s Zdenek Stybar.
Unsurprisingly, then, he celebrated yesterday’s victory in typically exuberant fashion as this video shows.
Finally, here’s the race highlights video which gives you a view of the sprint from a more conventional aspect.
Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.