“Sagan is the best person who could have won the world title. He’s a friend and always races well, so I’m happy he won. I was cheering for Italy of course but I think most people were happy to see Peter win,” Nibali told Cyclingnews and La Gazzetta dello Sport during the Giro della Toscana.
“Everyone knows that Peter can win sprints and [especially] after a hard race. I recall a really tough stage at an edition of Tirreno-Adriatico and he even won that.”
Nibali was amazed when reminded that Sagan also finished sixth at the 2013 world championships in Florence, when Nibali was fourth behind Rui Costa, Joaquim Rodriguez and Alejandro Valverde.
“Was he really sixth? It’s true; he won the group sprint behind. Wow. Hopefully, we can make it too hard for him in Innsbruck…”
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