Heralded as professional road cycling’s rockstar, Slovakian Peter Sagan needs little introduction. Sprint phenom, classics superstar, two-time consecutive world champion, five-time green jersey winner at the Tour de France, and even an occasional GC contender, his versatility on the bicycle is unmatched.
Sagan’s animated personality matches his racing style: bold, stylish, and self-assured. An eight-season veteran of the WorldTour at only 27 years old, Sagan’s race resume is impressive. He’s only five wins short of the prestigious 100-win mark reached by few athletes over the course of an entire career. He’s won just one of cycling’s five Monuments, the 2016 Tour of Flanders, but between Milan-San Remo, Flanders, and Paris-Roubaix, he’s been in the top 10 on 10 occasions.
As a junior, Sagan began racing mountain bike and cyclocross. His bike-handling skills were clear even as an 18 year-old. In 2008, Sagan notched his first world class results — a junior world mountain bike championship as well as a second at the junior cyclocross world championship. The following year marked his foray into road racing, first signing with Continental team Dukla Tren?ín-Merida before ascending to the WorldTour level with Liquigas. His ability on the road became apparent during the 2010 season when, as a 20-year-old, he scored victories at Paris-Nice, Tour de Romandie, and the Amgen Tour of California.
Sagan’s multi-faceted ability has continued to develop season after season. He’s now ascended to superhero status — not only because of his accomplishments on the bike, but also because of his eccentric and sometimes outlandish off-the-bike personality. It’s something that has occasionally drawn the ire of pro cycling’s conservative elite, but also attracted countless numbers of fans. Sagan is a true talent on the bike and a charismatic ambassador of the sport, not only a superstar athlete but a relatable human being.
After spending two years with Tinkoff, Sagan took his entourage, including his brother Juraj, to German team Bora-Hansgrohe, at the start of the 2017 season, which has already been a successful one for Sagan. He’s taken wins at Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne, Tirreno-Adriatico, the Amgen Tour of California, and the Tour de Suisse; he also announced in June that he and his wife, Katarina, are expecting their first child. Sagan is sure to target the green jersey points classification at the Tour de France, aiming for a sixth consecutive win to tie Erik Zabel’s record.