World Champion Peter Sagan has been an ever present on our TV screens this year, never failing to entertain with continual attacks and a variety of tactics. Though his results (in some ways an extraordinary collection of near misses) show Sagan has contested nearly every race he has been selected for, his path to World Champion has been far from smooth. However, there is no cyclist more deserving of the title than the multi-faceted Sagan. Here’s how his season played out.
12/02/15- Tour of Qatar Stage 5
Starts his season in Qatar and though building form is left frustrated with back-to-back second places behind Alexander Kristoff.
07/03/15- Strade Bianche
Involved in the early moves, Sagan is burnt out before the finale and falls away after Sep Vanmarcke’s attack on the Monteaperti.
16/03/15- Tirreno-Adriatico Stage 6
Takes his first World Tour win in 260 days but should really have taken out an earlier stage and questions remain about his sprinting.
22/03/15- Milan-San Remo
Sagan stays in the leading group as the race reaches Via Roma but leaves it too late, swooping round for fourth place.
27/03/15- E3 Harelbeke
Though in a strong front trio with Geraint Thomas and Zdenek Stybar, Sagan crumbles under the Welshman’s attack and cannot even hang on for a podium finish. He is eventually passed by the chasing pack and finishes 30th.
05/04/15- Tour of Flanders
Finishes in 4th place for the second Monument running. Greg Van Avermaet kicked away for the final podium spot as the two attempted to chase down the lead duo.
Finishes 23rd in Roubaix after entering the Velodrome in the second group on the road and not contesting the sprint. He suffered a mechanical at a late stage of the race.
15/05/15- Tour of California Stage 6
Surprises everybody by winning the individual time trial and takes the overall win two days later courtesy of bonus seconds. He also won Stage 4 of the race and was a brilliant sixth up Mount Baldy. Another successful visit to California, Sagan finished outside the top three just once.
18/06/15- Tour de Suisse Stage 6
Proves too quick for Kristoff in a sprint in Beinne, his second win of the race.
28/06/15- Slovakian Road Race
As he had done in each of the four previous years, Sagan wins the Slovakian national road race title.
07/07/15- Tour de France Stage 4
Despite watching out for his leader Alberto Contador, Sagan sprints to third on the cobbled stage of the Tour de France behind Roubaix winner John Degenkolb
08/07/15- Tour de France Stage 5
Looks good finishing second to Andre Greipel in a bunch sprint. This was the fourth of five occasions Sagan finished in the top 3 during the first week.
17/07/15- Tour de France Stage 12
Sagan is beaten to victory by Van Avermaet in a two-man sprint. He had chased the Belgian up the ramped finish in Rodez but found he was lacking in power when launching his sprint.
20/07/15- Tour de France Stage 16
There was yet another second place four days later when unable to catch Ruben Plaza in a thrilling downhill chase. Sagan got into the break for the third day running and fought hard to stay in touch on the Col de Manse. He saw off many talented climbers but Lampre’s Plaza got away.
26/07/15- Tour de France Stage 21
Comfortably crowed Green Jersey winner for the fourth straight year but could only manage 7th in a messy Champs Elysees sprint.
24/08/15- Vuelta a Espana Stage 3
Looks good and finally claims his eighth Grand Tour stage as the fastest finisher in Malaga.
29/08/15- Vuelta a Espana Stage 8
Reacts angrily to being hit by a motorbike and crashing. This was not the first incident of this kind involving a motorbike and his team are not impressed. Sagan withdraws the next day citing injuries.
27/09/15- World Championships Road Race
Launching a late attack on 23rd Street, Sagan solos to a popular and exciting World Championship victory. He left Van Avermaet behind with his initial attack extracting some revenge on his former nemesis.