Stage 12; Kristoff wins, Sagan second again
In the latest Telegraph Cycling Podcast, supported by Jaguar, the team of Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe discuss stage twelve, won by Norwegian Alexander Kristoff ahead of Peter Sagan.
It was another day, another Sagan second-place — his fourth at this Tour. Still without a stage win, we spoke to sports directors from rival teams to ask them what advice they would give the Cannondale rider, who has so far been unable to translate his phenomenal all-round ability into a single victory.
Max Sciandri of BMC, Kurt Asle Arvesen of Team Sky, and Brian Holm and Rolf Aldag of Omega Pharma-QuickStep deliver their verdicts on where Sagan is going wrong — if, indeed, a rider with a runaway lead in the green jersey competition is going wrong.
We also hear from Sir Dave Brailsford, the principal of Team Sky, on the day his rider, Jonathan Tiernan-Locke, was given a two-year suspension for doping and sacked by the team. “We know his violation was from before he joined Team Sky,” said Brailsford. “There’s no place for cheats in this sport and certainly not on Team Sky.”
Finally, the podcast is joined once again by Ciro Scognamiglio of Gazzetta dello Sport, who shares some insights on his fellow southern Italian, the yellow jersey Vincenzo Nibali, and reveals the truth behind Luca Paolini’s use of his mobile phone during a stage — an infraction for which Paolini was fined.