Slovakia's Peter Sagan has finished in the top five in 11 stages in this year's Tour de France. He's ridden in the breakaways, sprinted up the shorter mountain finishes and done all this while looking out for Tinkoff-Saxo team leader, Alberto Contador.
He tried to rest his legs over the mountainous Stage 18, but his fast amassing fan club made it so easy to keep hurting.
“I wanted a day of a little more rest but still we did a lot of climbing and gained a lot of altitude metres so it was a very hard day. I actually tried one time today to go in the breakaway but it was too late because the group was too far away already. But after that I was actually happy because I was able to take it a little bit easier.
“From the first climb to the finish we kept a high tempo and I could feel that I had been in the breakaway for four stages in a row. Today I also got some energy from all these great and crazy Slovakian supporters. Many of them are old friends from my cycling club back home and they are really crazy, which I like and it’s definitely cool to see so many Slovakian flags.
We will see how the next days in the Alps go and how I am in Paris.” - Peter Sagan.
Sagan leads the points classification by 104 points over Griepel. Despite his consistent finishes, he hasn't had a stage win yet.
The Champs-Élysées offer one last opportunity on Sunday night. With Mark Cavendish's Etixx-QuickStep lead-out man, Australian Mark Renshaw, retiring from the Tour overnight, will Sagan get the win he is looking for? Or will Greipel's recovery strategy provide the kick he needs for the final assault?