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Sagan Takes the Green Jersey for the Fourth Time

By Adam Marsal/Brian Fleming

Peter Sagan handily won the Green Jersey – this year for the first time sponsored by Škoda – for the fourth time in the row. Despite Tour organizers having changed the rules to make it more difficult to do so, nothing and no one could stop the unbeatable Slovak from again taking the Jersey as he rolled into Paris on Sunday with a 104-point advantage over Greipel. 

Impossible to Beat

This year’s Tour course basically made the 25-year old Sagan impossible to beat as we saw him fighting in every big sprint. Even when his main competitors Cavendish or Greipel were ahead, Sagan was right behind. And despite three-time stage winner Greipel getting to a great start on the flats, once the race moved into the mountains the German was no match for Sagan.

Sagan’s Rhythm

When Sagan crossed the finish of Stage 16 in second place, he was thumping his chest the way Leonardo DiCaprio’s character did in the film The Wolf of Wall Street. “I was doing this for energy,” Sagan said at the subsequent press conference before humming the rhythm that DiCaprio’s character hummed in the scene, to the great amusement of journalists.


Different Styles

Even Greipel admitted Sagan deserved to win the Green Jersey. It really came down to a contrast in styles. Greipel won four stages, but Sagan finished in the top five on nine of thirteen stages, and took second place a record-setting five times.

But No Win

The only thing missing for Sagan was a stage victory, a fact that left team owner Oleg Tinkov a touch unhappy. “It was nice that Peter rode so well, but I’ve actually got mixed emotions about his Tour de France,” Tinkov said. “We all know that cycling is about winning and there’s far less value to second and third places. He was no doubt the strongest guy in the Tour. I just wish he’d won at least once.”

Peter Sagan and his girlfriend Katarina after the 21st stage of 2015 Tour de France

A Much Deserved Holiday

In post-race comments throughout the Tour, Sagan repeatedly stated that the only way to win was to try, try, and try again, and that winning a stage was still a major objective for him. Despite this failure, however, he told the media that he was happy about this year’s result and his role on the team. His plan for the near future is to stay off the bike for a week to take a short, much deserved holiday.