Peter Sagan’s best years as a professional bicycle rider are still ahead of him, but that doesn’t mean he can’t start succeeding early. Just 22, Sagan won the first stage of the Tour de France to become the youngest stage winner since 1993. Sagan, from Slovakia, bested Swiss rider Fabian Cancellara on the hilly, 123-mile ride between Liege and Seraing in eastern France. Sagan has already won 13 stages in races this year, including 5 of 8 stages of the Tour of California here in the United States.
So who was the last youngster to win a Tour de France stage? Lance Armstrong, of course. The legandary rider, currently embroiled in controversy, won a Tour de France stage in 1993 at age 21. Sagan isn’t a favorite to win at the Tour this year, but he’s building to a pretty good cycling career if he can stay clear of the doping. Of course, this is cycling; everyone dopes, you just hope you don’t get caught doing it. Or retroactively caught years after your last Tour de France race.
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