In a Tour de France that has thus far been mostly ho-hum because of Team Sky's insipid domination, Peter Sagan, the Liquigas-Cannondale prodigy, has breathed some life into the race. In just his third year in the Pro Tour ranks and his first appearance at the Tour, the 22-year-old has proven himself a force by winning three stages and dominating the points competition. He's shown his versatility in the process, too: He took the Stage 1 win in a powerful, uphill move with Swiss strongman Fabian Cancellara, distanced some of the best sprinters in the peloton in a flat-out dash on Stage 6, and all-but locked up the points competition by instigating an audacious long-distance breakaway on the mountainous Stage 14. If he makes it to Paris—which is almost a foregone conclusion barring disaster—he'll take home the green jersey for most points on his very first try.
From the sound of it, he also stands to drive away from the French capital in a new car thanks to a wager he made with Liquigas president Paolo Zani. We caught up with the Slovak last week to ask him about his staggering season (he picked off five stages and the points classification at the Tour of California this spring and four stages and the points competition at the Tour de Suisse), his Tour domination, and the infamous bet.