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by Matt de Neef
November 21, 2016
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Richie Porte to be BMC’s sole leader for the 2017 Tour de France; Philippe Gilbert ordered to repay 300,000 Euros to Omega Pharma-Lotto; Koksijde CX World Cup cancelled due to dangerous winds; Miles Scotston signs with BMC; Brazilian Pro Continental team suspended after three positive tests; Mikel Landa to again focus on the Giro in 2017; Peter Sagan hasn’t ruled out MTBing in 2017; Man charged after injuring cyclist in West Melbourne hit-and-run; $1.3 million in fines for NSW cyclists since new laws introduced in March; When the supertuck goes wrong; Huge crowds at the Tour du Rwanda.
Speaking to journalists at his gran fondo charity event in Westlake Village, California, Peter Sagan said that his contract with Bora-hansgrohe allows for him to race off-road when it doesn’t interfere with his road schedule.
“I can do mountain bike racing. It was part of the [contract] with Bora. We’ll see how it’s going in the season, and then I’ll have to decide my schedule,” Sagan said. “It’s not very easy to put it all together, to change from road bike to mountain bike. This year I did it because I had to prepare for the Olympic Games. I had to get the points, and it was really tough for me this year. It was [juggling] a lot of things.”
In 2017, Sagan will start his season at the Tour Down Under, focus on the Spring Classics, take a short break, return to the Amgen Tour of California, and then prepare for the Tour de France, where he hopes to tie Erik Zabel’s record of six green jerseys. From there, he said, he’ll shape the remainder of his road schedule based upon his results.
“What I decided when I was under 23, is that it is impossible to be changing from road biking to mountain biking because it’s not the same,” Sagan said. “If you go riding the mountain bike, you should be doing mountain-bike races. You can train on the road bike, okay, but the focus is on the mountain bike. And if you are a professional road biker, you have to focus on the road bike. If I go for mountain bike, maybe it’s better than I just go for fun. I don’t know. We will see.”
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