Sagan equalled Sean Kelly’s historical record and is in joint second place. Three time winners of the points competition are Jan Janssen, Eddy Merckx, Freddy Maertens and Robbie McEwen.
"I'm glad I won the green jersey again. This year I had a different role as in the previous years. I am happy that I managed to defend it. This year, the Tour de France was very difficult. It was my fourth start at the Tour and I had not experienced more difficult edition than this one. I tried to give it my best. Each year the winning of the green jersey is special, different. This year, from the beginning I fought for it with André Greipel and I ultimately won the battle, " Peter Sagan said in an interview with RTVS. He finished in the top 50 in overall classification. He finished in the 6th place in the best young rider competition under 25 years old.
45 times in top ten
Twenty-five year old native of Žilina was amongst the greatest personalities of the 102nd edition of the Tour de France. He finished in top ten in ten different stages, within that he was second five times. Silver positions are as if destined, he was already second sixteen times (4-16-6). Overall, in four starts on Tour he reached the top ten position 45 times. His last stage triumph was on July 5, 2013 on the route from Montpellier to Albi.
In the 102nd edition he was fighting for the green jersey mostly with Andre Greipel. The organisers changed the scoring system before the start, which was designed to help the pure sprinters. Sagan also dealt with this change. Although winning the points competition wasn’t Tinkoff-Saxo team’s priority before the event, the situation gradually changed.
"The whole team wanted to ride for Alberto Contador. It is very difficult to win Giro d'Italia and Tour de France in the same year. Alberto had it very hard, he fought and it is remarkable that he even tried to go for the double. He didn’t give up even after the fall, he was still fighting for the podium finish. " Peter Sagan added.
He admitted that he also had luck
The only negative for the Slovak was that he did not win a stage in this year’s Tour. He was always very close, but ultimately he paid the price for his versatility. Whilst his rivals focused on particular stages, Tinkoff-Saxo rider fought for the best result in almost every one.
"I think the Tour went very well. It exceeded my expectations. I was also lucky that I managed to get into the breakaways. Usually, the early on in the stages it gets messy, someone tries for breakaway but then they are caught by the peloton. Indeed, you also must have some luck. It's a pity that I could not win the stage, " Peter Sagan told RTVS.Less