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Peter Sagan: I wanted to win stage 5 for Michele Scarponi

Bora-Hansgrohe rider Peter Sagan has admitted he was desperate to win stage 5 of the Tirreno-Adriatico in honour of the late Michele Scarponi, but had to settle for second place.

13/03/2018 - 11:00 -

Peter Sagan

Bora-Hansgrohe rider Peter Sagan has admitted he was desperate to win stage 5 of the Tirreno-Adriatico in honour of the late Michele Scarponi, but had to settle for second place.


Stage 5 finished in Scarponi’s home village of Filottrano, with Sagan coming home in second place behind winner Adam Yates.


Sagan and Scarponi were never teammates but enjoyed a strong personal relationship and the Slovak dedicated his 2017 world championship win – a third in succession – to the late Italian, who was killed in April last year when he was struck by a van.


"It was an emotional day for everyone today, but it was nice to see all the crowds come out and see all the balloons for Michele," Sagan told Cyclingnews.


"I came to Filottrano for Michele's funeral last year, and so I wanted to remember Michele by winning the stage. It would have been nice, but that's racing and Michele would understand that too.


“Each race is different and Yates was very strong. He went away alone, stayed away, and so you can only congratulate him. I couldn't have done anything else.


"The team worked really well all stage," Sagan said. "We controlled things on the flat and on the climbs.


“BMC took control of the race on the circuits and set a hard pace, then we took over in the finale, with Formolino [Davide Formolo], Rafal [Majka] and Daniel [Oss]. It was a great team performance, but we just couldn't catch Yates."

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