Peter Sagan in second place in Tour of Sardinia

Slovak cyclist Peter Sagan (21) won the opening stage of the Tour of Sardinia. He squeezed ahead of 2008 World Champion Alessandro Ballan and his Liquigas-Cannondale team-mate, Daniel Oss.

photo (c) Sirotti, permission granted

In stage two yesterday he came fourth, putting him in second position overall behind Italian Damiano Cunego, who has a seven second lead on Sagan.

Sagan made his breakthrough last year, winning five times in his professional debut year.

Standings after stage two:

1. Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre – ISD, 2. Peter Sagan (SR) Liquigas-Cannondale, 3. José Serpa (Col.) Androni Giocattoli, 4. Emanuele Sella (Ita.) Androni Giocattoli, 5. Eros Capecchi (Ita.) Liquigas-Cannondale, 6. Ben Hermans (Belg.) Team RadioShack, 7. Michele Scarponi (Ita.) Lampre – ISD, 8. Pavel Brutt (Rus.) Kaťuša, 9. Robert Kiserlovski (Chor.) Astana, 10. Mauro Santambrogi (Ita.) BMC Racing Team.

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