'We tried to support Sagan… but the team is not about one person'

Bora-Hansgrohe rider Lukas Pöstlberger became team leader in Friday's E3 Harelbeke after Peter Sagan suffered a badly-timed crash and missed the lead group

Peter Sagan.

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

Peter Sagan's Bora-Hansgrohe team hopes to play different cards in the classics, saying that it's not just about the world champion. The team tried in Friday's E3 Harelbeke with Lukas Pöstlberger as Sagan was ruled out by an untimely crash.

The German WorldTour team scrambled when its Slovakian star missed the winning move with Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) and fell in a crash with 43 kilometres to race. He was unable to ride his bike immediately after the incident and failed to re-join the pack, which climbed the Paterberg and raced away.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.