His dramatic victory in the Paris-Roubaix has elevated the Slovakian to the pinnacle of his sport but his humble roots and carefree attitude seem certain to keep cycling’s new hero grounded
“I was thoroughly fucked but I tried to enjoy it afterwards,” Peter Sagan says with a grin as he explains how he felt after winning the Paris-Roubaix classic this month. “When I was younger, it was always my dream to win Paris-Roubaix. I didn’t think about the World Championships and [the Tour of] Flanders.”
Sagan is the most popular rider in cycling today and, with the murky uncertainty surrounding Chris Froome and Team Sky, his victory felt like a shaft of light which revealed panache and grit. They call Paris-Roubaix the ‘Hell of the North’, because its 29 cobbled sections have a bone-juddering impact on even the toughest and most brilliant riders. It is also the glittering peak among the five monuments which are cycling’s oldest and most prestigious one-day races.
Twice I didn’t finish Roubaix and in those races I did finish I was in much worse condition than this year
If you ask me how could I help cycling I would say by being myself. I want to make people enjoy life – because so many people have a hard time
Bora-Hansgrohe sport director Patxi Vila told VeloNews the entire team was ready for the race, with the goal of delivering Sagan a win.
Read the full article at Sagan’s spring was built around Paris-Roubaix on VeloNews.com.
Peter Sagan’s coach feels that the new Amstel Gold course suits the world champion ‘perfectly.’
Read the full article at Sagan’s Coach: Amstel is a race that suits Peter perfectly on VeloNews.com.
Bora announced they have extended their sponsorship of the Bora-Hansgrohe team through 2021.
Read the full article at Bora to sponsor Sagan’s team through 2021 on VeloNews.com.
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Read the full article at VN Show: How Peter Sagan outsmarted Quick-Step at Paris-Roubaix on VeloNews.com.
Peter Sagan will end his spring classics campaign this weekend at Amstel Gold Race.
Read the full article at Road from Sanremo to Liege too far even for Sagan on VeloNews.com.
Peter Sagan still has a ways to go to match cycling’s legends, but his win in Paris-Roubaix is a big step forward.
Read the full article at Sagan steps closer to all-time greats with Roubaix win on VeloNews.com.
We are on the ground in Roubaix for one final podcast from the cobbled classics, and it’s a doozy — Paris-Roubaix!
Read the full article at VN podcast, ep. 88: How Sagan won Paris-Roubaix on VeloNews.com.
Television cameras caught Peter Sagan tightening the bolts of his stem while pedaling at high speeds during Paris-Roubaix.
Read the full article at Technical FAQ: Sagan wrenches on his bike during Paris-Roubaix on VeloNews.com.
How does this edition of Paris-Roubaix stack up to previous thrillers? Why couldn’t Quick-Step chase Sagan?
Read the full article at Roubaix Roundtable: Sagan rewrites story of 2018 classics on VeloNews.com.