“It was a long day, but a good one,” he said on his team’s website. “I had to fight to get more points for the green jersey, and I think we did a good job in the intermediate sprint.
“I’m glad ‘Emu’ [Bora’s GC contender Emanuel Buchmann] finished with the main group, and we will continue to give our best every day, ”said Sagan.
“It was a very difficult stage and our goal was to get Peter some extra points in the intermediate sprint,” confirmed sporting director Enrico Poitschke. “Lukas and Peter got into the break and it worked really well because Peter was second. [at the sprint]. »
Sagan is likely to keep attacking as the race continues, but the likes of new race leader Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and the other race favorites will likely be more prominent over the next few days. , and could score big points from stage wins alone, with relatively few flat stages offered to sprinters in this year’s race.
Unless a GC runner – or non-sprinter – comes forward as a green jersey contender, Sagan could eventually find himself unopposed in his march for an eighth title. Perhaps the only rider who seems capable of facing it in the intermediate sprints when the more hilly stages that make up this Tour are thick and fast, is Trentino.
Despite Bora-Hansgrohe’s efforts so far, Kristoff still leads the competition in points – by 18 points over Sagan – but the tall Norwegian might find it difficult to defend his lead in the coming days.
“It was nice to spend the day in yellow,” said Kristoff, who had to pass the lead to stage 2 winner Alaphilippe. “It was a first time for me – it might be the last – so I tried to make the most of this new experience every moment, even though it was a very demanding stage.
“Tomorrow [Monday, stage 3] I’ll be in green, and it will be another great day to savor, ”he said.