Sagan Took Control of TdF Green Jersey Competition Again and Set Record

From left, Slovak Peter Sagan in green jersey, Colombian Egan Bernal in yellow jersey for the overall winner, and French Romain Bardet wearing a polka-dot jersey celebrate on the stage at the end of the 106th Tour de France in Paris (photo by TASR/AP)

Paris, July 29 (TASR) – Slovak cycling star Peter Sagan has once again shown that he has no competition in the fight for the green jersey on the Tour de France (TdF) and put on his seventh one in Paris on Sunday (July 28), overtaking the legendary German Erik Zabel by one triumph.

The triple world champion also added one stage victory and after the 106th year of Tour de France he has already twelve of them. The twenty-nine-year-old racer won the fifth stage when he triumphed in the massive sprint.

Sagan won the sprinters competition with the lowest score in his career. He collected 316 points, with Australian Cadel Ewan lagging behind by 68, which is the second lowest difference with which the Slovak won the green jersey. However, he had the fight for the green jersey firmly in his hands since the beginning. In the opening stage, he finished second and scored 50 points, as did stage winner Mike Teunissen, but since he also won the yellow jersey, Sagan wore the green one in the second stage. In the third stage he was already at the top of this ranking and by the end of the Tour no one unseated him.

In the next stages, Sagan just checked the situation and without any problems he came to the finish for the record-breaking seventh green jersey. “I’m very happy about this seventh green jersey. I’m also surprised. Every year I come back to try my best. The first green jersey was a big surprise because I came to win stages but the green jersey came together with the wins. The second time it was the 100th Tour and I had the green jersey again. After that, it started to be easier or let me say more under control. I’m glad I’m making history in the Tour de France with the green jersey. My best moment this year was when I won stage 5. The other best moments were when the mountain stages were shortened. That was very good news for me. When I crossed the finishing line here in Paris, it was another great feeling,” official website of the Tour cited Sagan.