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When you are the five-star favorite to win Milan–San Remo, how do strategize? That was the question Peter Sagan was asked before the year’s first monument. “Well, we can speak a lot about tactics,” he said, “but it’s always different.”
Sagan had at least four different options. He could make his Bora-Hansgrohe teammates close down breakaways and take his chance in a sprint finish—though that didn’t work last year when he was balked by a late crash and finished 12th. A second choice was to let the other teams work toward a bunch finish and keep some teammates fresh enough to help him challenge the other top sprinters. Sagan could also wait for a Greg Van Avermaet to attack on a late climb and join him to make a winning breakaway. Then, again, a pre-race questioner suggested Sagan might be the one who attacks. “Me?” he replied, coyly. “Hooo…we’ll see…depends on the legs after 290 kilometers.”
Read Part 2 of our documentary series at www.100percent.pelotonmagazine/milan-san-remo/