For the Slovak champion, the decisive moment was 1.5 km from the finish line, on the last ascent, when he counter-attacked a late move. In addition to the stage win, Sagan now finds himself in first place in both the General Classification (Gallopin at 9” ) and the Young Riders’ Classification.
“I’m really happy about this first win because the team wanted it and waited for it,” said Sagan. “The fact that I took this win doesn’t count for very much: what is important is that Cannondale Pro Cycling won. Having broken the ice means a run without pressure. We’ll continue to work to achieve new successes at races throughout the year.”
Sagan also explained the difficulties during the final part of the stage: “10 km from the finish, only a small group of riders remained and no one took the initiative. Then Nibali, Gallopin and Elmiger decided to speed up. After one km, on the final ascent, I decided to attack and pursue the break. When I got close to them, I decided to continue solo until the finish line. Everything went perfectly, which means my condition is improving,” said Sagan.
Tomorrow’s stage at Tour of Oman could offer a new chance for Cannondale Pro Cycling. The finish line is in Wad Dayqah, where Sagan claimed his first success in Oman in 2012.