A look back at the classics showdown between Sagan and Quick-Step


Along an old ranch street, at a touch in excess of 50 kilometers to go in cycling’s most appalling race, the rainbow obscure of the best on the planet’s pullover sped past. In a moment, Peter Sagan propelled the triumphant assault at the current year’s Paris-Roubaix. His amazing move, which consolidated brains and muscle, without any assistance broke the stranglehold that Belgian super-group Quick-Step Floors had held over the cobblestones of Belgium and northern France.

Without precedent for the spring works of art, Sagan dashed like a three-time best on the planet. Free and unrestricted by rivals, Sagan was basically Sagan; he uncorked a venturesome and brave move a long way from the complete, and he did only it. A hour after his great move, Sagan thundered into the Roubaix velodrome, turning into the main title holder to win Paris-Roubaix since Bernard Hinault in 1981.

Sagan’s consummately planned assault in a split second changed the account of the 2018 northern works of art, and to his baffling individual history at Paris-Roubaix. It was a fitting end to an exciting yet disappointing cobblestone battle for anybody not wearing a Quick-Step pullover.

The 2018 northern cobblestoned works of art saw a memorable conflict between the peloton’s best works of art group and its best rider. Snappy Step was back taking care of business, bringing a savage four-pronged assault. The main rider who had the legs and immovability of character to oppose was the matchless Sagan, the peloton’s just obvious whiz. Every warrior aced the merciless pavé and touchy bergs with trademark panache. Fast Step steamrolled and Sagan extemporized; the two styles were a wonder to watch.

A couple of days before the Tour of Flanders, Quick-Step, a Belgian producer of overlay flooring, welcomed illuminating presences to praise the organization’s 20-year cycling sponsorship. Oscar Freire, Mark Cavendish, Andrea Tafi, Johan Museeuw, and Peter Van Petegem went to the gathering, which likewise respected long-lasting group manager Patrick Lefevere.

Some WorldTour groups field works of art squads; Lefevere’s group is manufactured only for the stones of Flanders and northern France. Since 1993, Lefevere has won 11 releases of Flanders.

“The works of art are a piece of the DNA of this group,” Lefevere said gladly. “From the mechanics and soigneurs to the supervisors and riders, everybody lives for these races.”

Lefevere was flying high this spring seeing his Quick-Step troupe back taking care of business. It was sweet retribution for the 63-year-old, whose group almost collapsed the previous summer after establishment rider Tom Boonen resigned.

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