PETER SAGAN’S DONE IT AGAIN! Second win at the Tour de Suisse
Fierce finale by Slovakian champion in the stage three finish in Aarberg
With the skill of a trick rider Peter Sagan took his second win in today’s stage of the Tour de Suisse 2012. Liquigas-Cannondale’s Slovakian champion powered past Cooke and Swift at the end of the 195-km third stage from Martigny to Aarberg. The victory was spectacular and tricky in equal measures: Sagan very nearly came a cropper on the last but one corner just 200 metres from the finish line. It was only thanks to his incredible bike handling skills that he managed to stay upright and go on to overtake Cooke.
«I can’t really explain what happened or how I didn’t fall off, » said Sagan. «I went fast into the bend so I wouldn’t lose second position, but I lost my grip because the tarmac was wet. I instinctively took my foot off the pedal to stop myself slipping and then carried on to catch Cooke who was getting away. It worked out well thanks to a bit of luck and of course the team’s incredible hard work. Once again my teammates gave their all to shut down the breakaway which seemed to have got away at one point of the race. We’ll see how the next stages go one day at a time: if there’s another chance to try and win again, I certainly won’t pass it over. »
Today’s win enables Sagan to strengthen his leadership in the points classification, which he tops with 52 points (32 more than Cooke). The Slovakian’s tally this season is now 10, bringing Liquigas-Cannondale up to win number 23.