Peter Sagan says Vuelta a España stage 18 was 'one of his last chances' to win in world champion colours as breakaway takes the win

Sagan sprung early to try and ambush the two riders out front and got ahead of rival Elia Viviani, but it was not to be

Peter Sagan missed out on a stage win after the peloton misjudged the chase (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

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World champion Peter Sagan said stage 18 of the Vuelta a España was "one of his last chances" to win in the rainbow jersey after he missed out to the breakaway.

The 28-year-old Bora-Hansgrohe rider stormed after the two remaining escapees in the small Catalonian town of Llieda.

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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.