In Argentina the World Tour season begins, like in all first appointments Sagan is excited, anxiously waiting. The first stage race of the year, which for seven days in January held everyone in suspense.
Second place in the second stage! Not a victory as such but his form bodes well for a season that proves to be full of success.
Another 5 second places follow, but when you carry the champions stripes on your skill it is merely a prelude to a well orchestrated work. As in Baroque music when the prelude is often combined with an escape, these early season second places are followed by his first win of the season in the 78th edition of Ghent-Wevelgem.
27th March 2016
Peter Sagan is first to the finish line with a time of 5h55’16” with an average speed of 41.01 km/h beating the Belgian Sep Vanmarcke in second and the Russian Vjačeslav Kuznetsov in third place.
Ronde Van Vlaanderen – 255km
03rd April 2016
The 100th Edition of the Belgian race.
Only a few days after his first win in the Rainbow Jersey Sagan is first again, resisting the attacks of Spartacus – Fabian Cancellara, flying solo to the finish line after 6h10’37” with an average speed of 41.28 km/h.
Paris-Roubaix – 257,5km
10th April 2016
With little time to recover the Northern Classics are tough races that leave their mark, you do not win without sustaining injury, you do not win without both the body and mind.
The 27 pave sections see Sagan finish in 11th position.
Tour de Suisse – 1197,2 km
11-19th June 2016
The 86th edition of the race, the 17th test of the UCI World Tour calendar.
The success continues. A sprint win for the first stage against the best fastmen in the world cements his record for the most stage wins of the race.
Tour de France – 3529km
02-24 July 2016
In the yellow jersey after the second stage and holding it until the fifth where Sagan replaces it with his more accustomed green jersey as leader of the points classification. Peter’s tenacity leads him to victory in stages eleven and sixteen and earns him the coveted red number for most combative athlete in the race.
Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec – 201,6km
09 September 2016
The next race, this time Québec witnesses Sagan’s continued winning streak as he takes victory and moves to the top of the UCI points classification after 5h07’13” with an average speed of 39.37 km/h
European Championships – 232,9km
18th September 2016
The desire to win makes a champion.
Nine moths have passed since Sagan’s first victory in January but in September, after a year as the World Champion, the green jersey of the Tour de France, a Monument victory and multiple stage wins in Plumelec there was victory again. This time with Sagan crowned as the European champion. What is left to win for a champion like him? There is one more goal left… the UCI World Tour points classification.
Two wins at the Eneco Tour – the result of Peter’s determination and tenacity allows him to reach the first position in the standings, with his hands raised to the heavens. Crowned as winner of the World Tour.
Photos: BrakeThrough Media & Bettini Photo