12. Peter the Great: Sagan takes flight in Flanders

Apr 06, 2016, 12:29 PM
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April 7 | This episode of the Telegraph Cycling Podcast analyses the Tour of Flanders and the impressive attack by the world champion Peter Sagan that decided it.

With Richard Moore off at the Tour of the Basque Country, Eurosport’s Rob Hatch stepped in to join regular presenters Daniel Friebe and Lionel Birnie to dissect the UCI World Tour race in Belgium.

Sagan’s brilliant and immaculately-timed attack on the Paterberg, the last of the 18 climbs, forced three-time winner Fabian Cancellara to chase hard over the final 13 kilometres.

But the Tinkoff rider held on to win his first Monument and drive his asking price up to around €6million a year. The question posed in this episode is which team Sagan will join at the end of the year, when Oleg Tinkov is expected to quit cycling.

All the big talking points in the race are tackled before attention turns to Sunday’s Paris-Roubaix, when the cobbled Classic season comes to a close for another year.

Who showed Roubaix-winning form on Sunday? Can Sagan do the double or will Cancellara join Roger De Vlaeminck and Tom Boonen as four-time winners? And, with the weather forecast looking bleak, are we in for the first really muddy edition of Paris-Roubaix for more than a decade?

The Telegraph Cycling Podcast is supported by SigmaSport.co.uk and Eurosport.