No-one wants to work with Peter Sagan when it gets to the business end of races and he's having to deal with the fact that that's how it'll remain

Being one of the best riders in the peloton certainly has its downsides, and world champion Peter Sagan discovered that again at Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne on Sunday.

The Tinkoff rider was one of the favourites for the sprint Classic – won by Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) from a solo break – but had to settle for seventh place because other riders were reluctant to work with him.

“I tried a few times to set up the chase, but apparently it is difficult to work with me. It will be my destiny,” Sagan said after the race.

Sagan missed what turned out to be the break which included Stuyven, Tom Boonen and Luke Rowe and was unable to work with members of other teams to properly organise a chase.

The Slovakian isn’t alone in his plight – Boonen seemed unhappy with his breakaway colleagues for not working together to keep the peloton at bay.

In last year’s Paris-Roubaix, John Degenkolb put on a masterclass after being left in a similar position – chasing on his own because of the threat he would cause in a bunch sprint at the end – and Fabian Cancellara has been forced to do the dirty work for years because his rivals know he’ll blow them apart at the finish.

Sagan’s right, he’s destined to struggle to find willing participants to help him win races from outside his team, but it’s how he will deal with it that will determine what kind of champion he is.

  • Keith Batchelor

    Surprise! Now you know how Cavendish feels.

  • J1

    Excuses excuses Peter.

  • Jay

    I think his team wants to work with him but arnt fast and fit enough. A sight seen too often is most of the time he have to freelance in a bunch sprint as his team is dropping like flies and couldn’t sustain the high pace of the lead out train.

  • Adam O

    Fabian still managed to win flanders and roubaix alone when everyone was expecting him to. Would it be fair to say Peter Sagan is stuck somewhere between a time trialist and a sprinter and it isn’t the right combination for the classics?

  • fhaas

    The reigning world champion always has a mark on his back and it seems to me Sagan possibly burned some long term connections to obtain the prize. Cycling is a team sport and playing a lone wolf will get you little respect in the peloton. Instead of remarking on his woes, maybe work harder with his own team? Very few champions got there alone!

  • Leodis75

    The question should be for Sagan is why is HIS team not working for him. Why would any team want to allow Sagan to benefit off their work? I don’t think its about been a strong rider its more about the Cuckoo effect.