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Says helping Contador defeat Froome and Quintana more important than defending his green jersey.




01.07.2016 @ 14:05 Posted by Jesper Ralbjerg

As always, Tinkoff's Peter Sagan gave a colourful and entertaining press conference on the eve of the Tour de France yesterday.


The only time Sagan remained silent was when somebody quizzed him asked about his future. "We're only here to talk about the Tour de France," Gabriele Uboldi, the team's sponsorship manager said, stopping Sagan from answering a question about his possible move to Bora-Argon 18, as reported by Cyclingnews.


Last year, Sagan set the Tour alight with repeated, if ultimately futile, attempts to win a stage.


"In my life, I think that every day is one chance, so why not try," he said when asked if he intends to repeat his approach from 2015 when he managed to win the green jersey comfortably despite not being able to win a stage.


"I want to try to win some stages, take the green jersey if possible and help Alberto Contador go for yellow, I think that's the bigger goal we have. I've tried to be in the yellow jersey for four years, but it's never happened. I think it's better not to try, so maybe it will happen. My idea is that if things happen they come along but if you look for them, they don't happen…"


Sagan confirmed that Contador is the team leader at Tinkoff this season. Beating Chris Froome (Team Sky), Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and the rest is far more important that the green jersey


"For sure we have just one leader: Alberto. If I can do something, that'd be nice too," Sagan explained, reiterating that he has a good relationship with the Spaniard. "We've been together for two years. We have a good relationship even if we're different kinds of riders. Alberto is a big champion, and I'm here also for him, to help him, as is all the team. I'm happy to be in a team that will try to win the yellow jersey."


Sagan only turned serious when asked about the security risk at this year's Tour de France following the terrorist attacks in France and Belgium earlier this year.


"If you think that you can die every day, you stay at home, no?" he said. "For sure it's not a comfortable situation but what can we do? We don't speak with other riders about it. There was an attack in Belgium, but we raced normally, and nothing happened. We can't predict if or where it can happen. It's difficult what to say. I'll just stay on the wheel and follow the others."



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