Doing it any way he chooses, Sagan wins Tour’s latest stage

Published 12:01 pm Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Associated Press

BERN, Switzerland — Peter Sagan can win practically any way he chooses: Breakaways, sprints, fearless downhill attacks, and now a bike throw at the line.

The world champion from Slovakia showed off his all-around qualities by perfectly timing a sprint to win the 16th stage of the Tour de France in a photo finish on Monday.

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Sagan edged Alexander Kristoff of Norway at the line after the race crossed into Switzerland.

Kristoff thought he won and pumped his fist in celebration, only to learn seconds later he hadn’t.

“I was lucky I threw my bike,” Sagan said. “I was certain I would finish second. … Alexander made his jump very late on the line.”

Chris Froome held on to the yellow jersey after a relatively calm day for the overall leader before the race’s second and final rest day.

Froome got animated when he was asked about Sagan.

“Phenomenal rider,” Froome said of the long-haired rider with the Tinkoff team. “Most people in the peloton are scared of him, just his abilities. He can do everything. He chooses when he wants to go in the breakaway, how he wants to ride the finish.”

Froome profited from Sagan’s abilities by following him into a breakaway in Stage 11 to gain time on all of the other overall contenders.