Peter Sagan says he can be optimistic of Flanders victory after 'surprise' win at Volta a Catalunya

The Slovakian is mainly using the Catalan race to return to form and fitness ahead of his bigger goals

Peter Sagan wins stage six of the 2021 Volta a Catalunya (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

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Peter Sagan has declared himself confident of challenging for victory at next week’s Tour of Flanders after surprising himself by winning the sixth stage of the Volta a Catalunya.

The Bora-Hansgrohe rider beat Daryl Impey in a sprint in Mataró on the penultimate stage of the Catalan race, his first victory of the season.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and feature writing across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in a number of places, but mostly in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.

He lives in Valencia, Spain.