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Peter Sagan, beating but beaten

The Slovak, in good luck, had to bow. beaten by stronger, he is satisfied with the 5th place of the Queen of classics.

Before arriving in Paris-Roubaix, Peter Sagan was experiencing one of his worst starts of the season. Winner on the Tour Down Under, he has not won a massive sprint since. Beaten by Fernando Gaviria on the Tour of Colombia, he was a notch below Elia Viviani on Tirreno-Adriatico. The Slovak did not meet more success on the classics. Fourth of a Milan-San-Remo that the "Sagan of the great days" should have won, 11e of the Tour of Flanders while undergoing the race, he did not leave favorite of this 117e "Hell of the North".

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But the installation of his plate at the beginning of the week in the Roubaix velodrome showers seemed to have revived him. At 54 kilometers from the finish, he took the wheel of Wout Van Aert in the sector of Auchy-lez-Orchies, the beginning of a royal break. Between Nils Politt, Philippe Gilbert, Yves Lampaert, Sep Vanmarcke and Wout Van Aert, the Slovak, undoubtedly the strong man of this group, does not reluctant to the task, takes over, sometimes more than the others, jumps into Gilbert's wheel, the two times the Belgian tries to get out. But Peter Sagan is less bleeding than in previous years. At 16 kilometers from the finish, Philippe Gilbert places an attack, the runner of the Bora responds, but two kilometers away Nils Politt against and the triple world champion can no longer follow.

Far from his usual statistics

The scenario resembles Milan-San-Remo where his effort at the top of the Poggio had unfortunately cost him the victory. But the Slovak does not give up. He will not win Paris-Roubaix but the podium is still playable. He rolls, accompanied by a Lampaert who plays the game of his team and a Vanmarcke blocked on the small pinion. Four kilometers from the finish, it's over, it does not move forward and let Yves Lampaert go. He does not even compete in the sprint for fourth place at Sep Vanmarcke. 5e at 42 seconds.

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At the time of the assessment of this beginning of the season, Peter Sagan counts only one victory, very far from his usual statistics. And yet on Milan-San-Remo it is he who brings the group on Julian Alaphilippe and Ghent-Wevelgem it is the Slovak who takes all the hits more than hundred kilometers from the finish. Whenever he is able to win, he can not tell the difference and simply falls on a man stronger than him.

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