The rider from Bora-Hansgrohe came out of the Tour without a stage victory and also missed the green jersey in Paris for the first time in his career.Sagan is now heading to the Giro d’Italia to make his racing debut, hoping to complete the set of Grand Tour victories.
But how does the 30-year-old former world champion describe his performance in France?
Speaking to reporters two days before the Giro, Sagan said: “In the Tour, I can say it didn’t go well or badly. I was a bit unlucky but came out of the Tour well.
“Condition is one thing, but results are another. Overall I did well but something was missing.
“My condition was good but I was unlucky. It’s not what I expected but I finished in the top 5 on eight stages.
Sagan and his Bora-Hansgrohe team led one of the Tour’s main subplots, as they battled Sam Bennett (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) in the Green Jersey competition.
But despite a brave fight, Sagan couldn’t reach the top step and missed the points classification – the first time he finished the Tour and didn’t win the jersey (in 2017, when he was disqualified from the race for causing an accident with Mark Cavendish).
Barely two weeks after the end of the Tour in Paris, Sagan is back on the starting grid of a Grand Tour as the Giro d’Italia starts on Saturday October 3, in the hope of securing a stage victory and potentially looking for the Giro points jersey, the maillot cyclamen.
He said: “I have I’ve never done two Grand Tours in such a short time, but I want to do my best and win stages.
“After a few days we’ll see if I can even fight for the points jersey. This year is very strange and different from the others.
Unusually, Sagan has not won since stage five of the 2019 Tour, which can in part be attributed to the lack of racing caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
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But Sagan will also miss the Cobblestone Classics for the Giro, where he has already scored some of his biggest victories.
He said: “I think during my career I have had good results. I always try to fight, but I understand that one year will be great, the next one worse – a good, difficult.