TOUR, 5th stage: crash for Peter Sagan
Bruised and great disappointment for the Slovakian champion
A bad move at 2.5 km to the finish line, yet another crash in the peloton and Peter Sagan, even after trying to save himself, hit the ground, missing out on a great opportunity. This is the major highlight of the fifth stage of the Tour de France (Rouen-Saint Quentin, 196 km) for Liquigas-Cannondale.
The Slovakian champion didn’t report heavy consequences (bruise to the left elbow and gluteus) but is very disappointed: «I lost a great chance, first of all to earn important points for the green jersey. Unfortunately, every sprint has the same script: all riders want be in front of the group, all some guys think they feel good and take risks that cause crashes. I know, we’re at the Tour de France and a victory here means a lot, but the risks are really high. Knowing that consequences of the crash are not severe help me to pass the disappointment».
After today’s stage Sagan adds 8 points (thanks to the intermediate sprint) to his leadership in the classification for the green jersey, now leading with 155 points. Second is Goss with 137, third Greipel (today’s winner) with 132 and fourth Cavendish with 119.