Cavendish and Sagan prepare for the Tour de France in uniquely different ways

Jun 3, 2014
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The exhilarating sprint battles between fastmen Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quick-Step) and Peter Sagan (Cannondale) at the recent Amgen Tour of California previewed the thrilling high-speed clashes to come during July’s Tour de France. Cav is the world’s fastest man on flatter roads while Sagan, the reigning two-time winner of the green sprint points jersey at Le Tour, excels when the road tilts up making him dangerous on stages that typically break the legs of pure sprinters.

Respected rivals, the two superstars are preparing for the big French rendezvous in different ways. The Manx Missile and his teammates previewed the nine cobblestone sectors they’ll traverse during Stage 5, roads that are typically part of Paris-Roubaix.

“I've only ridden one Paris-Roubaix. I'd love to do it again. But, we're the strongest cobbled classics team in the world and we can win every one. For me to just want to ride, just for an indulgence when there are stronger guys to do the job, it's better to watch my team smashing it while I'm at home. But I'm excited the cobbles are in the Tour again. We've got a strong team for it, and I'm excited for the race," said Cavendish. "For me, I like expectation from the team. We're the most powerful team in the world across all races. To go in it with the expectation to perform, it's a good pressure to have. For sure, we're going to have a strong team at the Tour de France and for sure this is one of the key stages we'd like to do well in. The stage is how I expected. It's nowhere near as tough as Paris-Roubaix, but in the first week of the Tour after the hard start in the UK, it won't shake up the GC. But it should be an interesting stage for the spectators and the riders."

Meanwhile, Sagan took to the trails for a mountain bike ride. His remarkable off-road skills show why he is one of the best bike handlers in the peloton. Take a look: