Apparently Sagan and Kristoff were actually pretty busy in the last 4kms which we didn't get to see, though the helicopter footage is available now if anyone cares to break it down. You can see the blue shirt with white shoulders shutting down a couple of attempts to bridge across to Alaphilippe. Somewhere in there is a long-range effort by Gaviria of all people, who should've kept some in the tank for the sprint really.frillage wrote:So were Swift and Matthews who also contended the sprint. It was only cause lost pictures of the commentators would have been ejaculating over Sagan appearing at front of the pack. They couldn't even tell it wasn't Bosen Hagen when came round th corner even though no chance he would have leadnout from that far.Xupi wrote:Legendary win from Peter Sagan since it's his third in a row, the only rider to have achieved this. Sadly this time, he was litterally invisible the entire race, which is not my idea of cycling...
Julian Alaphilippe was immense and IMO deserved the win. He destroyed the field in Salmon Hill, and still had the jump to let Moscon behind as the Italian was becoming more of a liability. Julian looked the part. Alas video cameras stopped working in the last few km (what a let down from the Norwegian organisers, in an otherwise absolutely superb week - and Bergen is such a gorgeaous city) so we did not see exacty who reeled in, probably a combination of Italians/Belgians?
Sagan pulls a great move through the 2nd last corner to get onto Kristoff's wheel; it's a real "only Sagan" effort.
If Alaphilippe hadn't dropped Moscon when he did, it might not have brought the Italians back into the chase. Not that he wasn't right to take the chance to drop a potentially dangerous rival, but there's only going to be one winner between those 2 in a sprint.