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Peter Sagan retires from the road and aims for the Paris 2024 MTB Olympics

The announcement that at the end of 2023 he will end his career on the road. Then focus on Paris 2024 (MTB Olympics) where he will challenge Tom Pidcock and Mathieu van Der Poel, just to mention two names.

Peter Sagan
Sagan always ready to put on a show (e-bike world championships 2022) - Photos @michalcerveny & @billy_lebelge

Happy birthday to Peter Sagan who turns 33 today! And, on his birthday, the Slovakian rider announces that at the end of the season (2023) he will close the road. Goals are always important but it won't be easy to achieve them, given that in recent years he has lost a bit of polish compared to the golden years. In the viewfinder Milan Sanremo (always close to victory), Paris-Roubaix (won in 2018), stages at the Tour and World Cup, but from 2024 we think of something else. No longer road, but an entire year dedicated to MTB, to find new stimuli and perhaps the pedal stroke of the old days right at the Paris 2024 Olympics, his goal.

Peter Sagan Gravel
Peter Sagan in Gravel version (Image credit: petersagan.com)

Rio 2016 OLYMPICS

Peter Sagan had already tried to get back on the MTB, right at the height of his career at the Rio Olympics: it was 2016 and the Slovak had made an approach to the MTB Olympics by abandoning the road a few months earlier and racing only in MTB. But in the race he was unlucky: he started in last position, without important points in MTB, but he was already in third position after a few meters. All the bikers sweated cold given the Slovakian's class. But after the 1st lap there were many twists and turns: both Fontana and Sagan punctured and lost a lot of ground. Too bad for Peter Sagan who, after the puncture, could no longer find the rhythm and concentration and closed in 35th place while Fontana finished in 20th place.

Peter Sagan Rio 2016
Peter Sagan unlucky in Rio 2016, at the height of his career

A bad blow for Sagan fans and for all cycling fans. 2022 had already been the year of retirements with the farewells of Nibali, Valverde, Gilbert, Colbrelli and others, and this 2023 had begun with the announced farewell of Pinot. In addition, there was the serious risk of losing Nairo Quintana but, fortunately, the Colombian has denied everything. As mentioned, however, Sagan's is not a definitive retirement from the sport. He will dive back into mountain biking, the discipline that launched him. The big goal will be to participate in the Paris 2024 Olympics. He has already competed in one edition as a mountain biker: they were the Rio Olympics in 2014, even if he finished in 35th place.

Arnaud Jouffroy, Peter Sagan, Matthias Rupp
Arnaud Jouffroy, Peter Sagan, Matthias Rupp. 2008 MTB Junior World Championship podium (Juniors) – Photo ©: Rob Jones/www.canadiancyclist.com

PETER SAGAN'S ANNOUNCEMENT

Hi boys. You know, I'm Peter Sagan, and I have a very important announcement to make. I'm here at the Vuelta a San Juan and today is my birthday, 33 years old. And I want to announce that this will be my last year in World Tour cycling – Peter Sagan at GCN Italy

This is not my first year in professional cycling. This is my 14th season. This year we still have many possibilities to do things well, to do the Classics, the Tour de France and the World Championships. These are my main goals. I've had the same goals for 14 years, the time has come to do something different –Peter Sagan



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[email protected] I am a fan of everything that has 2 wheels: at a young age I practiced road and track cycling (Italian Allievi champion). At the age of 18 I passed into the cross country competing at national/international level as an Under23. Past Elite, I made the choice to take things more lightly from a training point of view, and my love for gravity disciplines was born, training me as an FCI MTB instructor and guide. Now I have made passion my profession by managing 2 MTB centers on the island of Elba (Bike Center Elba and Elba MTB), creating the FANTAmtb and telling in an ironic but professional way everything that revolves around MTB thanks to 365mountainbike and 365TV (YouTube'PULITI dentro BIKER fuori').

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