Peter Sagan ‘went all out for this win’ but misses by millimetres in Giro d’Italia sprint

Sagan has moved into the points jersey lead with another near miss 

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Peter Sagan said he “went all out for this win” as he missed out on a Giro d’Italia stage win by millimetres.

Sagan and his Bora-Hansgrohe team set the pace throughout the day to distance his rival sprinters on stage two, as the peloton tackled the 12km-long Portella Mandrazzi climb mid-way through the course.

The stage came down to a three-way photo finish between between Sagan, Davide Ballerini (Deceuninck - Quick-Step) and Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ), with the latter eventually being crowned the stage winner. 

Sagan said: “Today, I went all out for the win. It was such a close finish, I didn't know who was first, second, or third, we all came to the line together and we had to wait for the photo finish. I did my best and sprints often go this way. At times I won by a few centimetres, and at times it was like today. Our plan today was to go very hard on the climb in order to see what happens.”

Sagan took finished second in the sprint, which he adds to his second-place finish in Agrigento on stage two.

Thanks to those consistent performances, Sagan now moves into the lead in the points classification on 57 points, five points ahead of Démare. 

He said: “I'm very satisfied with the team's work, they did a great job and in the small group in the finale we were with Viviani, Démare, and a few others. I get to wear the ciclamino jersey, but I lead by a few points and I'll try to keep it.”  

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Bora-Hansgrohe sports director Jan Valach said: “In the end, we lost by a hair's breadth but there was nothing more we could do.  Peter gets now the ciclamino jersey, he's in good form and in fact on the climb he was asking to go faster, in the sprints he's getting closer, so we look forward to a victory." 

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Alex Ballinger

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.