Peter Sagan is a 22-year-old racing phenom, and he may be making his move into worldwide prominence. He won the first stage of Tour De France today. He became the youngest man to win a stage since Lance Armstrong accomplished the feat in 1993 at 21 years old.
Sagan is known as the Cannibal, The Terminator and Rambo. It's obvious he watches a lot of American action films—or at least the people coining his nicknames do.
It's somewhat appropriate because there is a cinematic flair and charm to Sagan's presence on a bicycle. He has star quality, and matching success on the sport's biggest stage is a quick route to stardom.
This quality was on display as he finished his sprint to end Stage 1. He seemed to pose as he crossed the finish line.
He may not make friends amongst the riders that way, but he'll certainly get some attention.
As the event progresses we may be prepped to see the sport's next big star have a breakout performance.
If you want to catch the action, the NBC Sports Network has it covered. This is the complete coverage schedule for all stages, per bicycling.com:
Stage 2: Monday, July 2 - Vise to Tournai, 8 a.m., NBC Sports Network
Stage 3: Tuesday, July 3 - Orchies to Boulogne-sur-mer, 8 a.m., NBC Sports Network
Stage 4: Wednesday, July 4 - Abbeville to Rouen, 8 a.m., NBC Sports Network
Stage 5: Thursday, July 5 - Rouen to Saint-Quentin, 8 a.m., NBC Sports Network
Stage 6: Friday, July 6 - Epernay to Metz, 8 a.m., NBC Sports Network
Stage 7: Saturday, July 7 - Tomblaine to La Planche des Belles Filles, 8 a.m., NBC
Stage 8: Sunday, July 8 - Belfort to Porrentruy, 8 a.m., NBC
Stage 9: Monday, July 9 - Arc-et-Senans to Bescancon, 8 a.m., NBC Sports Network
Stage 10: Wednesday, July 11 - Macon to Bellegarde-sur-Valserine, 8 a.m., NBC Sports Network
Stage 11: Thursday, July 12 - Albertville to La Toussuire-Les Sybelles, 7 a.m., NBC Sports Network
Stage 12: Friday, July 13 - Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne to Annonay Davezieux, 6:30 a.m., NBC Sports Network
Stage 13: Saturday, July 14 - Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux to Le Cap d'Adge, 8 a.m., NBC Sports Network
Stage 14: Sunday, July 15 - Limoux to Foix, 8 a.m., NBC Sports Network
Stage 15: Monday, July 16 - Samatan to Pau, 8 a.m., NBC Sports Network
Stage 16: Wednesday, July 18 - Pau to Bagneres-de-Luchon, 6:30 a.m., NBC Sports Network
Stage 17: Thursday, July 19 - Bagneres-de-Luchon to Peyragudes, 7:30 a.m., NBC Sports Network
Stage 18: Friday, July 20 - Blagnac to Brive-la-Gaillarde, 8 a.m., NBC Sports Network
Stage 19: Saturday, July 21 - Bonneval to Chartres, 8 a.m., NBC Sports Network
Stage 20: Sunday, July 22 - Rambouillet to Paris Champs-Elysees, 8 a.m., NBC Sports Network
Recap show, 1 p.m., NBC
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