Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) was the surprising winner of the Tour of California at the weekend, and in addition to winning overall, he was also fastest on the uphill finish to win Stage 4.
What earned Sagan his victory was his consistency and in particular, the 32 bonus seconds he gained over the week, compared to Julian Alaphilippe (Etixx) who earned only one. He also excelled on the stage to Mt. Baldy, losing only 47″ to Alaphilippe on the climb.
Mark Cavendish (Etixx-Quick Step) also had a successful week, as he won four stages, including the last stage to the Rose Bowl in Los Angeles.
After the race, Sagan said, “I never imagined this. It’s a surprise. I think for me, and for everybody, this is a surprise. I was just riding for stage victories, day by day, and then I was in this situation to do well on the climb, and not lose too much time, and then today, here, I finished third, and there you have it.”
“I’m very happy. It’s crazy. But this is cycling, sometimes you have luck, and sometimes you lose. I’ve said before, cycling is very difficult, but it can also be very nice.”
Sagan was clearly happy with his win, after a difficult spring classics campaign, and he celebrated with a trademark wheelie. Impressive bike handling skills!