Peter Sagan overcame a crash late in Sunday’s Classica Sarda Cagliari-Sassari to secure a podium spot to cap his tremendous week on the Italian island.
The Slovak phenomenon hit the deck at 170km after hitting a pothole, but dusted himself off to sprint to third out of the winning, 10-man breakaway that held out in the hilly course.
Pavel Brutt delivered Katusha’s first victory in 2011 with a well-timed run to the line to take the flowers. Emanuele Sella (Androni) crossed the line second with Sagan rounding out the podium with third.
After the race, doctors fixed up a bloody Sagan with five stitches, though early reports did not indicate any serious injuries that would keep him out of his next major goal at Paris-Nice (March 6-13).
The podium caps a strong week for Sagan, who took three stages and won the five-day Giro di Sardegna on Saturday.