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Four of a kind for Sagan in Tour de Suisse
Jun 15th, 12. As dependable as a Swiss watch, Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) performed on cue to win Stage 6 of the Tour de Suisse despite difficulty in the final sprint.
Proving he is the fastest man in the tour, the 22 year old sprinted to his fourth Tour de Suisse stage victory in the 198km journey from Wittnau to Bischofszell.
"I want to dedicate this win to the team who reeled in the breakaway at the end and make me feel important every day," said Sagan.
A four rider break that contained no real threats to Costa's lead had been the carrot for the peloton for the entire day and was caught with less than 3km to race.
The technical lead into the finishing straight was chaotic as the GC riders were at the front trying to avoid possible trouble while the sprinters were on edge waiting for their opportunity to strike.
"The finishes in the Tour de Suisse are never straight so you need to invent something to find some space," said Sagan, the Slovakian National Champion.
"I had to work harder today firstly to get a leading position in the finale, and secondly to launch the sprint. I went flat out into the last corner so I wouldn't get boxed in and even brushed the barriers. I was blocked in that moment but as soon as Swift kicked, I knew I could come around and I did."
Sagan edged out Ben Swift (Team Sky) and Allan Davis (Orica-GreenEdge) for the win.
"We've now got two demanding stages to wrap up this Tour de Suisse. I want to make the most of them so I can work hard and improve my condition for the Tour de France."
Frank Schleck (RadioShack Nissan Trek) continues to trail Costa by just 8sec heading into tomorrow's 34km individual time trial.
The riders go against the clock in the 34km stage in Gossau. There is a climb in the first third of circuit, will rolling terrain defining the last third.
Sagan who won the opening prologue time trial could be a favourite for his fifth victory, while the real battle will be between Schleck and Costa to see who can limit their losses the most.
Following the time trial, the Tour de Suisse heads to the mountains for the final two stages.
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