Sagan powering at Tour de France
Wed, 04 Jul 2012 8:51a.m.
The Tour de France is a like a box of chocolates - you never know what you're going to get.
But amid the chaos of stage three, it was almost inevitable what new star and Forrest Gump impersonator Peter Sagan was going to give.
Sagan powered away from his rivals on the climb to the finish at Boulogne-sur-Mer for his second stage win in three days.
The powerfully-built Slovakian emulated Tom Hanks' famous character Gump as he crossed the line, pumping his arms in a wild running motion.
"Today I had a plan for the victory salute - I spoke with my friends at dinner and we agreed I should do (an impersonation of) Forrest Gump at the finish," he said.
"Today it was a finish for strong riders and I have very good legs."
The win also meant that once Sagan reaches Paris on July 22 to finish his Tour debut, his chocolates probably will be wrapped in green.
He now has a commanding lead in the points classification for the green jersey.
Sagan took red-hot form into the Tour and he was the green jersey favourite.
He is on 116 and has a whopping 42-point lead over Swiss Fabian Cancellara, the race leader.
Last year's green jersey winner Mark Cavendish is one point further back and Australia's main hope in the category, Orica-GreenEDGE rider Matt Goss, is fifth and well off the pace on 55.
Orica-GreenEDGE director Matt White cannot remember a rider having this big lead in the points classification so early in the race.
At 22, Sagan is also the youngest Tour stage winner since the first chapter of Lance Armstrong's professional cycling career in the early 1990s.
Sagan is justifiably brimming with confidence.
"Two stage wins is good for me ... I want the green jersey in Paris," he said.
"I think its a big goal for me.
"And I will win it, I think."
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