November 20, 2018
Sagan Sizzles at the Shanghai Criterium
Peter Sagan, rounded off his season with triumph at the Shanghai Criterium winning a three-way sprint against Tour de France Champion Geraint Thomas and European champion Matteo Trentin.
Geraint Thomas made the first move coming into the finishing straight but Sagan was always going to be too powerful and came around him. Trentin seemed content with third spot and dropped off the pace to watch the one-sided duel.
While dubbed an exhibition race, the 20 laps/60 km of racing was full-on over the bumpy course. A six man break took proceedings up a notch. The break, containing Romain Bardet, Wang Meiyin, Nils Politt and Daniel Oss, could only pull out a 20" lead with Marcel Kittel revealing a hearty appetite for the green point jersey, taking points at the second intermediate sprint as part of a five man counter move.
The German sprinter, who left Le Tour with an empty trophy case, was eager to make round off his season with some Chinese good luck, and took full points at the third intermediate sprint holding off Luka Mezgec.
With 10km left to contest it was four men in contention, Geraint Thomas, Peter Sagan, Pierre Latour and Matteo Trentin. LaTour who took the young riders prize at LeTour proved outclassed on this occasion ceding the prizes to the others.