Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) did not mess with what he said. Including the matter of reclaiming the green jersey from the hands of Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-QuickStep). Sagan is working hard to earn the eighth green jersey of his career at the Tour de France.
Sagan was ridiculed because he was considered unsportsmanlike when he was racing at Stage 11 last Wednesday (9/9). At that time he nudged his shoulder towards Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) as he sprinted towards the finish. Sagan was punished. He was relegated to 85th at stage 11 and reduced 13 points in points classification .
The punishment kept Sagan from the green jersey . As well as making the three times world champion within 68 points of Bennett in the points classification table .
Three days later, Sagan showed signs of getting up. The Slovak racer finished fourth at Stage 14, Saturday (12/9) night. In addition, he managed to gain 33 points from two intermediate sprints in this stage. Meanwhile Bennett only added ten points.
“I took fourth and got more points in the fight for the green jersey. The aim is to take more. But in the end this is the best we can do,” said Sagan on his personal website.
The additional points did not immediately make Sagan get the green jersey again . He is still in second position in the points classification table . However, Sagan managed to narrow the distance with Bennett. Now both are only 43 points adrift.
“Peter still wants to fight for the green jersey. He is not happy about the relegation, but he will continue to race for the green jersey. I’m sure he will do it in Paris,” said Daniel Oss, Sagan’s colleague in Bora-Hansgrohe’s team.
The remaining seven stages at TdF 2020 are indeed dominated by uphill routes. This last week will also determine who is the overall champion. Even so, fast runners like Sagan, Bennett and others can still add points at stages 15, 16, 17, 19 and 21.
“The trip to Paris is still long and we know it will not be easy. However, we will continue to fight,” said Bennett.
“I can call myself fortunate to have extraordinary teammates around me, people who embody this unique and extraordinary Wolfpack spirit and help me overcome daily challenges at Tpur de France,” added the Irish racer.