DOCKUM – He ended up on Earth again. Slovakian cyclist Peter Sagan has not had a perfect return to the competition circuit. In the first stage of the year seventeen Benelux bicycle race (BinckBank Tour), he fell about 24 km before the finish line and did not participate in the battle for victory.
The 31-year-old Slovakian belongs to a wider circle of candidates, but he did not add his fifth victory to the BinckBank Tour. From the very beginning of the stage, cyclists had problems with transverse winds, which divided the peloton into several groups. The native Zilina also paid for the unpleasant circumstances, but was greatly annoyed by the fall, which was not captured by television cameras.
He did not hide his disappointment after the unpleasant incident and certainly did not put himself in front of his handkerchief: “I’ll catch him, get out of here!” Sagan was furious, having his shirt and pants torn after the fall. Finally, he got back on the bike and finished the stage.
Another accident at the beginning # Benelux_tower!
Now it’s Peter Sagan who is wasting valuable time on this first stage.#ElMundoRuedaXSeñal
– Sports reference (SenalDeportes) August 30, 2021
For the three-time world champion, it was the first start of the Tour de France, from which he resigned due to a worsening knee injury, which he suffered after falling at the end of the third stage after colliding with Australian sprinter Caleb Ewan.
He also finished the match on the ground in the first stage in Around Benelux, but in the words of sports director Bora Jan Valach, this is nothing serious and he must continue the event. “An unfortunate start to the race around the Benelux, but it’s also part of the race. I fell for a fraction of the first stage. Looking forward to the next stage,” Sagan said on social media.
Belgian Tim Merler of the Alpecin-Fenix team dominated the opening stage.
Peter Sagan reached the finish line in 109th place with an interval of 2:26 minutes. His brother Juraj crossed the finish line in 125th place with a loss of 5:47 minutes. The best Slovak driver was the other driver of the Bora Hansgrohe team, Erik Baška, in 53rd place, 57 seconds behind.
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