Sagan expecting a tough time trial

Peter Sagan believes it will be a tough day out for the riders on Stage 9, but is backing his team come through in a strong fashion.

“It will be very hard time trial. It’s a little bit up and down … and the finish is a hard climb. We’ll have everybody full gas and it will be very hard. But yeah, I think it’s very nice.”

2015 Tour Stage 6 reaction: Peter Sagan happy for 'good guy' and 'friend' Zdenek Stybar

Peter Sagan has praised Zdenek Stybar after narrowly missing out on a stage victory for the third time.

Sagan was disappointed after narrowly missing out on Stage 5, but the Slovak sprinter praised one of his pals in the peloton after again crossing the line in second place.

It was the third time in this year's Tour that Sagan has missed out on a stage victory by one position.

"I did my best, I have good legs," he said. "I'm happy for Zdenek because he's a good guy and he's my friend."