Seraing, Belgium – Peter Sagan continues his remarkable 2012 campaign winning the first stage of the 2012 Tour de France, pipping Fabian Cancellara and Edvald Boasson Hagen at the line.
Cancellara gapped the main field on the day’s final climb, however, he was unable to shake Sagan who jumped on his wheel when the Swiss strongman launched his attack. With the peloton in shambles, Boasson Hagen was able to bridge up to the two leaders and was in the perfect position for the win but didn’t have the horsepower to overcome the young Slovak.
Coming into this year’s Tour, Sagan already had a dozen victories on his 2012 resume, thoroughly dominating the Tour of California and the Tour de Suisse. Sagan is my dark-horse to rip the Green Jersey off Mark Cavendish’s back; who was nowhere to be seen in today’s finale.
The GC remains unchanged with Cancellara still in yellow, Sagan will don the Green Points Jersey tomorrow, American Tejay van Garderen will wear the White Jersey as the Tour’s Best Young Rider, and Michael Morkov will wear the ridiculous polka dot jersey (I really do hate that jersey).