Back in time : 2010 Tour down Under!
I have a bit of a freakish memory, especially on the things that interest me - like cycling!
Now I'm not just talking about things like - who won the Tour de France in 2010, because every cyclist can tell you that. I'm talking about things like... who was in a breakaway in the 2010 Tour down Under on the stage up Willunga hill, with current World Champion Cadel Evans?
He was riding his first ProTour road race and had 17 stitches in his arm and leg. He was 19 years old, was a Junior World Champion in men's Cross Country in 2008 and runner up in Cyclo-Cross worlds as well. He had previously been told he wasn't good enough for a pro contract by Quick Step and nearly quit the sport. This was his first Pro Tour and he had a point to prove.
Willunga hill came about, and Cadel Evans made an attack with Wesley Sulzberger was in tow. Alejandro Valverde and Luis Leon Sanchez bridged the gap to Evans, with none other than Peter Sagan on their wheel. Sanchez and Valverde were on the same team and worked together to stay away with Sanchez taking the win, Valverde 3rd and Evans 4th.
Peter Sagan ended up crossing the line in 5th. The commentators didn't talk too much about him but it is good to see the potential he had even back then has turned into outright domination of the cycling peloton we see today.