Peter Sagan: I won with my style, putting on a show

The former world champion made an unforgettable comeback 

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Peter Sagan said he won in his own style with an unforgettable solo victory on stage 10 of the Giro d’Italia 2020.

The Bora-Hansgrohe superstar hadn’t won for more than a year, but ended his drought with a huge performance in Tortoreto.

Sagan made it into the day’s six-rider breakaway and held off the chase from Groupama-FDJ and UAE Team Emirates, before dropping his rivals 12km from the finish and riding to a memorable comeback victory.

The former triple world champion said after the stage: “I won with my style, putting on a show.

“I’m very happy, what can I say...finally. I’ve been trying since we started again, at Strade Bianche, Milan San Remo, the Tour de France. I’ve been on the podium a lot of times, but I had my last victory last year in the Tour de France, a long time ago. 

“Finally it arrived and I’m very happy.”

Sagan added: “We were in the breakaway all day, I had good legs, and went solo on the uphill before descending with attention on the downhill and then full gas in the final kilometres.” 

It was a well-deserved victory for Bora-Hansgrohe, who had been the aggressors through the Tour de France and carried that into the Giro in service of Sagan.

He now has victories in all three Grand Tours and can now focus on the scoring points for the rest of the race. 

While Sagan still trials rival sprinter Arnaud Dèmare, who has three stage wins, he is now back within range in his secondary goal in Italy, the ciclamino points jersey.

Dèmare still leads the points table with 167, while Sagan is not far behind on 147.  

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With three second-place finishes and now a stage victory, Sagan is  still poised to take the fight to Demare, and the victories could now start flowing after the huge confidence boost on stage 10.  

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Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.