World champion has unique explanation for Swiss stage win

World champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) won stage five of the Tour de Suisse, and in typical Sagan fashion, thanked a late rain shower for giving him energy “because I’m Aquarius.”

Sagan bolted after a late move by Team Sunweb rider Nikias Arndt and sprinted ahead to win the stage in Cevio. It was his 14th career win in the Tour de Suisse, one that came on a “bad day.”

“I had a bad day,” Sagan said. “Then after the water, I had energy again. The small shower before the finish. Because I am Aquarius.”

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Sagan appeared sharp and with a new haircut in the Tour de Suisse, his first race in Europe since the spring classics. He is building for the Tour de France, starting on July 1 in Düsseldorf.

It took the Slovakian four days to get up to speed. On stage three, two days ago, he placed second to Australian Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb).

“The first stage was mad in the end, attacks, a race without control. Then two days ago, it was a good finish, but I’d done a big effort before the final on the climb and maybe I missed it a little bit,” continued Sagan.

“[Stage five] was good, I was concentrated. It was a good day, after that small shower, I felt much better.”


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Sagan will be heading to the Tour looking for more stage wins with new team Bora-Hansgrohe and for a sixth green points jersey – which would match the record held by Erik Zabel.

“It’s nice, something good. We try every day to do something good for the team. Today we did it,” Sagan said.

“It’s better [to win before the Tour]. A lot of people say it’s not good to win before a big race because everyone looks at you. I say it’s better, one victory more.”

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Sagan shot to stardom in his first WorldTour year in 2010, at 20 years old. He began winning stages everywhere and continued to win the Tour of Flanders monument last year.

His latest victory was the 94th of his professional career.. In total, he has 209 podium spots with 80 second places and 35 times in third.

“I hope I’m not [already at 100% fitness]. After altitude you have to adapt a bit. Maybe in a week [it’ll come]. If I’m at the top now, then it’s pretty bad!”

According to Velon, Sagan powered to 1417 watts for five seconds in the sprint and reached 76.2kph. Michael Albasini (Orica-Scott) in second produced 1063 watts.