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The world champion suffered a disappointing end to the Classics season. Sagan appeared to be in a good form yesterday, so good in fact, that it might have been even enough to win the race. But he had two punctures and that have taken its toll.

“I’d spent a lot of energy to go on the attack, because it’s not easy for me to get away when they see me move. I managed to do it twice but I was slowed by punctures. It was a bit of an unlucky day for me but then I ran out of energy to be up front in the action.”

Slovakia’s Peter Sagan and Czech Republic’s Zdenek Stybar ride on the cobblestones in a breakaway during the 115th edition of the Paris-Roubaix.

Sagan had the first puncture right when he formed a leading group with team-mate Maciej Bodnar, Daniel Oss, and Jasper Stuyven 77 kilometers away from the finish line. The second puncture slowed Sagan down 32 kilometers away from the finish line.

“It’s a hard day when you work hard to get a result, and you don’t have the best of luck,” sports director Patxi Vila said.

Sagan was second in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Milan-San Remo, won Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne, 108th in the E3 Harelbeke, third in Ghent-Wevelgem and 27th in the Tour of Flanders. Not too bad, but definitely not enough for the world champ.

“An unlucky campaign? I lost Milan-San Remo. At the Tour of Flanders, I made a mistake and then today I was unlucky. I’m happy with my form, but not with the results. I can’t be happy with the results I got.”

Is it going to get better in the upcoming months?

“The season continues. I’ll take a bit of a break now and then I’ll get going again at the Tour of California. Then I’ll have important races like the Tour de Suisse and the Tour de France,” Sagan said.