Peter Sagan present a new amazing show in Belgium. Today, at the Brabantse Pijl, the Slovak champion of Cannondale Pro Cycling claimed his eighth win of the season beating Philipe Gilbert and Bjorn Leukemans. In the Belgian road race Sagan gave again evidence of his tenacity and incredible power racing the final as absolute protagonist: first he stopped all the attacks, then he came back to the World Champion and took the win.
“The final was the most difficult part of the race” explained Sagan. “I was in a minority situation, firs of all compared to Omega-QuickStep and BMC, and all the riders let to me the responsibility to stop the attacks. I found the good chance on the last climb. I let it rip to close the gap on Van Avermaet and to leave behind many riders as possible. It was big effort. In the final straight we were against the wind and Gilbert was just behind me. I thought to a short sprint but his attack anticipate my plan. At that point I had only to follow him and try to pass: I’m really happy to have done it”.
The Brabantse Pijl was the first race for Sagan after the Ronde Van Vlaanderen and an important step in view of the next Classic, the Amstel Gold Race. “Since the beginning of the season the ‘Amstel’ is one of my target. I didn’t race Paris-Roubaix to be at the top condition. The Brabantse win is an important signal for me. I wait a close challenge on Sunday” added the Slovak champion.
Today’s win is the tenth in 2013 for Cannondale Pro Cycling and also the third of the Northern Campaign. The Green Team in race today will race again tomorrow in France at the Grand Prix de Denain.
2013 Brabantse Pijl Results:
- Peter Sagan, Cannondale, in 4:45:05
- Philippe Gilbert, BMC Racing, s.t.
- Bjorn Leukemans, Vacansoleil-DCM, at :04
- Sylvain Chavanel, Omega Pharma-Quick Step, at :09
- Simon Geschke, Argos-Shimano, at :09
- Greg Van Avermaet, BMC Racing, at :11
- Davide Malacarne, Europcar, at :17
- Stijn Devolder, RadioShack-Leopard, at :18
- Paul Voss, NetApp-Endura, at :22
- Kenny De Haes, Lotto-Belisol, at :25