A shaven-headed Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) used a pre-race press conference at the Tour de Pologne on Friday to underline that his Tour de France disqualification is now behind him, to confirm he is chasing stage victories rather than overall success, and to hark back to 2011, when, as a young rider, the Polish race was his first ever WorldTour stage race victory.
The world champion was speaking at a press conference in the Tour de Pologne race headquarters, in a hotel on the outskirts of Krakow, the southerly city that is Poland’s former capital and where the first stage starts on Saturday. He followed that up with a series of media chats in an outdoor mobile stand containing his new range of limited edition ‘Peter Sagan’ products, mainly clothing – a project with its roots in January, he explained, but which has been launched to coincide the start of the Tour de Pologne.
Aside from the Sagan t-shirts, what caught much of the media’s attention was the Bora-Hansgrohe leader’s newly shaved head look. However, the Slovak brushed aside suggestions this new appearance was a way of putting some psychological distance between himself and the events of July.
“It was time for a change,” Sagan said. “I have already forgotten about the Tour de France.”
Sagan was clearly in a good mood overall, exchanging jokes with Rafal Majka, the only other rider present and switching between Polish and Slovak for a chunk of the press conference.
His point of view on the Tour de France was simple.
Looking back to 2011
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