OFFICIAL SITE: CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING
Stars like; Peter Sagan, Ivan Basso, Elia Viviani, Moreno Moser and many more promise to deliver results and incredible moments in this year's race calendar.
The first victory in Cannondale Pro Cycling history comes from the Tour of Oman. Today, in the second stage of the race (Fanja in Bidbid-Al Bustan, 146 km), Peter Sagan claimed the 37th win of his career, thanks to a solo attack on the leading group (at 5" Gallopin was second, then Elmiger and Nibali). For the Slovak champion, the decisive moment was 1.5 km from the finish line, on the last ascent, when he counter-attacked a late move. In addition to the stage win, Sagan now finds himself in first place in both the General Classification (Gallopin at 9” ) and the Young Riders’ Classification.
"I’m really happy about this first win because the team wanted it and waited for it," said Sagan. "The fact that I took this win doesn’t count for very much: what is important is that Cannondale Pro Cycling won. Having broken the ice means a run without pressure. We’ll continue to work to achieve new successes at races throughout the year."
Sagan also explained the difficulties during the final part of the stage: "10 km from the finish, only a small group of riders remained and no one took the initiative. Then Nibali, Gallopin and Elmiger decided to speed up. After one km, on the final ascent, I decided to attack and pursue the break. When I got close to them, I decided to continue solo until the finish line. Everything went perfectly, which means my condition is improving," said Sagan.
Tomorrow's stage at Tour of Oman could offer a new chance for Cannondale Pro Cycling. The finish line is in Wad Dayqah, where Sagan claimed his first success in Oman in 2012.