As first wins go, they don’t get much bigger, or more amazing, than a stage at a Grand Tour, and it certainly doesn’t get much better than coming home alone, with a 1:34 gap over the next best rider, which was Peters’ gap back to Mitchelton-Scott’s Esteban Chaves, who was also on his own.
“I can’t believe it,” the 25-year-old said on his team’s website. “I’ve taken my first pro victory and it’s at a Grand Tour. It’s fantastic.
Peters had been part of a day-long 18-man escape, and made his winning move with 15km of the 181km stage left to go.
“I found myself in a breakaway group with some big names [Chaves, Deceuninck-QuickStep’s Bob Jungels], but I didn’t let myself get too carried away. I tried my best to stay fresh for the last kilometres of the stage, and then really tried to concentrate at the end,” he said.
“I attacked just once with around 15km to go, and then really tried to gauge my effort,” continued Peters. “With 1.5km to go, I realised that it I was going to make it.
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