Peter Sagan

What rainbow curse? 2016 was the year of the world champion

It’s the most decorated jersey in professional cycling. Win on the right day, and you wear the rainbow stripes for a year, the sport’s symbol of greatness. Yet there’s also an axiom in professional cycling that the rainbow jersey brings with it a curse — whether it be in the form of injury, illness, bad luck, or …

Sagan eyes Roubaix victory, hints that he could retire in ‘three, four, five, six years’

World champion Peter Sagan is still only 26 — he turns 27 in January — yet the Slovakian rider has alluded to the possibility that his professional career could be over as soon as 2019. Speaking with journalists at his gran fondo charity event in Westlake Village, California, over the weekend, Sagan said his career could perhaps last another …

Sagan hasn’t ruled out racing mountain bike again in 2017

World road champion Peter Sagan may again be racing a mountain bike in 2017. Speaking to journalists at his gran fondo charity event in Westlake Village, California, Sagan — who made the front group at the Olympic cross-country race in Rio de Janeiro before a puncture ended his medal chances — said that his contract with Bora-hansgrohe …

Analysis: After a superlative 2016 season, evaluating Peter Sagan’s place among cycling’s greats

With a second consecutive world title, and the top spot on the UCI rankings, Peter Sagan reminded the cycling world one last time in 2016 that, at age 26, he is the most dynamic rider of his generation. Just eight years into this professional career, U.S. Editor Neal Rogers examines how Sagan stacks up against …

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Bora-Hansgrohe manager Denk celebrating Sagan’s new rainbow jersey

Good things come to those who wait. Ralph Denk has been manager of the Bora-Argon 18 team since 2010 and now, after six years as a Pro Continental team, the squad looks poised to step up to the UCI WorldTour. The German team is benefiting from an increase in sponsorship from its main backers for …

Sagan outsprints Cavendish and Boonen to win 2016 world road championships

He won last year on a lumpy circuit, and triumphed again this time around on the windy, pan-flat roads of Qatar. Peter Sagan proved strongest in the sprint at the end of the Elite men’s road race, hammering in ahead of Mark Cavendish (Great Britain), Tom Boonen (Belgium) and Michael Matthews (Australia). Sagan and the …

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Sagan’s Olympic MTB dream ends with early puncture, but oh, what might have been

In the end, the dream of an Olympic mountain-bike medal wasn’t to be for Peter Sagan. The world road champion — and one of the most exciting bike racers most anyone who has followed the sport can recall — would not add to his incredible 2016 season with an Olympic medal in Rio de Janeiro. But …

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Sagan and Specialized ink three year deal with Bora-hansgrohe

Bora-hansgrohe’s long-stated plans to move up to WorldTour level have received a massive boost with confirmation that world road race champion Peter Sagan will compete with the team from 2017. Specialized, which has had a successful partnership with Sagan this year on the Tinkoff team, has announced that it has signed a three year agreement …

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CyclingTips Podcast, Episode 8: 2016 Tour de France finale

In this concluding podcast from the 2016 Tour de France, recorded the morning after Sunday’s final stage in Paris, our team on the ground in France — Matt de Neef, Shane Stokes and Dave Everett — discuss the standouts from the last block of racing. These include the battle for yellow and the key moments …

Photo gallery: 2016 Tour de France, Stage 21

Photography by Cor Vos, Kristof Ramon, BrakeThrough Media Puting a positive spin on a frustrating Tour de France that had delivered one close call but no sprint victories, Andre Greipel’s (Lotto-Soudal) victory in his German national champion’s jersey. “I can’t describe it,” Grepiel said. “I’m just super proud of what we’ve achieved today. I’ve raced …

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