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Peter Sagan post-Nieuwsblad interview is like something out of a stoner movie

World champion finished second to Greg van Avermaet, but it was his reaction that got all the attention

Brad Pitt in True Romance and Jeff Bridges in The Big Lebowski, are two Hollywood stars who have convincingly played stoners on screen. And going by this bizarre interview following his second-place finish at yesterday’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Peter Sagan would breeze an audition for a similar role should he switch to acting once he retires from racing.

The race was won by BMC Racing’s Greg van Avermaet, with Cannondale-Drapac’s Sep Vanmarcke third, but it was the interview in the video above with Bora-Hansgrohe’s newly-bearded world champion that caught the attention of social media users.

It’s unsurprising that following a hard-fought and physically and mentally draining race that has ended in narrow defeat, Sagan might have seemed a bit ‘out there’ in the interview, to the evident bemusement of the Sporza reporter asking the questions.

Still, he got off lightly compared to former BBC sports editor David Bond who was told “don’t ask me stupid questions” and “do you know cycling?” by a disappointed Mark Cavendish after the road race at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Back to Sagan's interview yesterday, and it was the similarity to another classic film role - Tom Hanks as the title character in Forrest Gump -  that popped into the mind of journalist Raymond Kerckhoffs of Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.

Simon joined 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.

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