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by Shane Stokes
October 5, 2015
Photography by Cor Vos
Speaking in the days after Peter Sagan won the 2015 UCI world road race championships, former and current team-mates Ted King and Michael Kolar have said they believe that he will go on to even bigger things.
King raced with Sagan for four seasons at the Liquigas-Cannondale squad and said that the now-25 year old impressed him greatly.
“When we were first teammates and he was hardly 20 years old, I thought he could win ten world championships in a row, just because his skill set is so much more advanced and broad than any typical superstar.
“People started to doubt him with a few years of “almost” at the world champs, but winning this year’s worlds just might be the monkey off his back. I think you’ll see him wearing the rainbow strips for more than just the next 365 days.”
Kolar is a fellow Slovakian and knows Sagan for over a decade.
“There is a lot he can still do,” he predicts. “In my personal view, what he has already achieved in winning the world title in style like this, it is almost like he doesn’t need to prove anything else in this sport. If he wants to raise the bar even more, I guess, he is just going to have to win everything there is.”
Both King and Kolar gave personal insights into Sagan, explaining why the usual perceptions of him are somewhat one dimensional. Their thoughts, as well as those of Simon Gerrans and longtime Specialized cameraman Christophe Keiser, give behind the scenes details about the new world champion.
That article can be read here: The real Peter Sagan: beneath the surface, who is the new world champion?