4-10-13 After his podium at Flanders, Cannondale Pro Cycling’s Peter Sagan won the Brabante Pijl ahead of the World Champion, BMC’s Philippe Gilbert, for his eighth win of the season. In the Belgian road race Sagan showed his tenacity and incredible power by dictating the finale, chasing down all attackers to ride up to Gilbert, on the final of five ascents on the last lap, inside the last kilometer.
The final was the most difficult part of the race explained Sagan. I was in a minority situation, firs of all compared to Omega-QuickStep and BMC, and all the riders let to me take the responsibility to stop the attacks. I found a good chance on the last climb. I let it rip to close the gap on Van Avermaet and to leave behind as many riders as possible. It was big effort. In the final straight we were against the wind and Gilbert was just behind me. I thought to a short sprint but his attack anticipate my plan. At that point I had only to follow him and try to pass: Im really happy to have done it.
The Brabante Pijl was the first race for Sagan after the Ronde Van Vlaanderen and an important step in view of the next Classic, the Amstel Gold Race. Since the beginning of the season the Amstel is one of my targets. I didnt race Paris-Roubaix to be at the top condition. The Brabantes win is an important signal for me. I await a close challenge on Sunday added the Slovak champion.
For both Sagan and Gilbert the race signals great form for the coming Ardennes classics, races punchier and hillier than Paris-Roubaix and more suited to their abilities.
Todays win is the tenth in 2013 for Cannondale Pro Cycling.
1 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling 4:45:05
2 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team @ST
3 Bjorn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team @ 0:00:04
4 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team @ 0:00:09
5 Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano @ST
6 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team @ 0:00:11