Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

June 18, 2016

Today’s CT Daily News Digest: Tejay van Garderen bounces back with Suisse stage win, Barguil takes lead; Taaramäe takes over at Tour de Slovenie; Groenewegen makes it a Dutch hat trick at SterZLM Tour; Armitstead wins stage 3 and takes the lead in the Aviva Women’s Tour; Coquard doubles wins as Quintana assumes lead at Route du Sud; Simon Yates handed four-month suspension, back racing in July; Yates confirms he won’t appeal sanction: “I’m very embarrassed about the situation.”; The Muur van Geraardsbergen returns to the Tour of Flanders in 2017; Behind the Wheel: Peter Sagan’s 1970 Dodge Charger; Spain anti-doping head believes Puerto investigation can still move forward; Sarah Storey going to seventh Paralympics; On-bike highlights from Tour de Suisse, stage 6; Behind the scenes with LottoNL-Jumbo mechanics

Behind the Wheel: Peter Sagan’s 1970 Dodge Charger

by VeloClub

Stylish, distinctive, and with a lot of power under the hood: Peter Sagan’s car choice has a lot in common with the athlete.

The world champion hails from Slovakia but has drawn inspiration from across the Atlantic and from his childhood TV viewing of the Dukes of Hazard show. The rider, who earns millions each year, commissioned two Californians to build him a 1970 Dodge Charger, which is a version of the vehicle used in the famous TV series.

In that show, the Duke cousins Bo and Luke drove a 1969 Dodge Charger nicknamed the General Lee. The car featured a powerful V8 engine and was often filmed sliding, skidding and doing aerial acrobatics; in ways, this mirrors Sagan’s punch on the bike plus the catlike skills he learned on the BMX and mountain bike.

Sagan commissioned Scott Tedro (from RideBiker Alliance) and Ken Maisano, co-owners of MASCAR Modern & Classic Autobody & Paint Repair in Costa Mesa, California, to build him such a car. The Dukes of Hazard was the original inspiration but he was also attracted to the car used in the Fast and the Furious film.

As detailed by Hot Rod magazine, this model featured a blower, hood scoop, and large rear tires and these plus many other elements were worked into the end result.