Bora-Hansgrohe‘s Peter Sagan is presently racing on the 2020 Tour de France, locked in battle with Deceuninck-QuickStep’s Sam Bennett in a bid to win an eighth inexperienced jersey. However 5 brief years in the past, Sagan was locking horns with Julian Alaphilippe of what was then the Etixx-QuickStep workforce for the Tour of California’s yellow chief’s jersey. And right here, on eBay, is a type of jerseys, signed by Sagan, and framed and prepared on your wall.
Driving then for the Tinkoff-Saxo squad, Sagan took the race lead for the primary time on the 2015 Tour of California on account of successful the 10.6km particular person time trial on stage 6, beating LottoNL-Jumbo’s Jos van Emden and an up-and-coming Alaphilippe. The Slovakian then misplaced the yellow jersey to the Frenchman the subsequent day, on the penultimate stage to Mount Baldy, regardless of a valiant effort on the powerful summit end from Sagan to return dwelling sixth.
It meant that Alaphilippe went into the ultimate stage round Los Angeles with a two-second lead over Sagan, who proceeded to take a second again on the Frenchman within the intermediate dash, however then wanted to complete within the high three on the stage so as to have the ability to overhaul Alaphilippe for the general win – which he did, simply, taking the 4 seconds on supply for third place, whereas Alaphilippe’s Etixx-QuickStep teammate Mark Cavendish gained the stage forward of Drapac’s Wouter Wippert.
That 2015 Tour of California stays the final stage race that Sagan has gained – which is not any nice shock, on condition that he is extra of a Classics specialist who’s more than pleased to combine it with the world’s greatest sprinters when he so wishes. Nevertheless, he can climb higher than any out-and-out sprinter, which is why he is gained seven Tour de France inexperienced jerseys, usually by advantage of staying on the entrance on hillier days to gather factors on the intermediate sprints.
That Tour of California is actually one in all three stage races that he is completed victorious at, having additionally gained each the Tour de Pologne and the Giro di Sardegna again in 2011.
The California-based vendor of the jersey is searching for US$400 (£310), which is not so unhealthy when you think about that it is each signed by Sagan and framed. They’ve apparently obtained an extended story, too, as to how Sagan got here to signal it on the Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena, on the outskirts of Los Angeles.
The Tour of California is, after all, presently on hiatus, though many – riders resembling Sagan, Alaphilippe and Cavendish included – could be more than happy to see the race’s return.
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