By earning the rainbow jersey in such dramatic, decisive fashion, the 25-year-old Slovak showed that he has reached an even higher level in his decision-making ability. High on the adrenaline rush of victory, Sagan showed his still-youthful exuberance, but he also showed a new maturity that will almost certainly take him to new heights in the coming decade. He’s a new-style champion with old-style panache.
If you’ve been following along, Peter Sagan was the winner of this past years Tour of California and a presence at the ToC since 2010. Look for him at the race again this year, he’ll be the one with the rainbow stripes on his jersey.