Peter Sagan, goodbye to the road in 2023 and retirement in Paris 2024

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Larry Bird, Patrick Ewing, Scottie Pippen… NBA Myths who forged their history with the number 33, the same years that a living legend of cycling celebrated this Thursday: Peter Sagan. The Slovak, completely happy and liberated, summoned the media on the rest day of the Vuelta a San Juan to deliver some unexpected news: this will be his last year as a professional on the road.

The triple world champion, along with part of his staff at the TotalEnergies and his faithful companion Daniel Oss, He explained his roadmap to the displaced Press, AS included, to the San Juan Villicum Circuit, one of the starting and final stage locations in this edition of the Argentine round. “Thank you all so much for coming to my birthday celebration. I would like to say that the time has come. I have decided that this will be my last season in which I will run World Tour events, but it won’t be so easy for me to leave cycling”, the Slovakian began his speech to confirm his goodbye to the road, in addition to making clear the scenario where the bicycle will definitively hang: “I would like to continue preparing for the Olympic Games, on a mountain bike. From now on everything will be at a more relaxed pace and without pressure”.

Peter Sagan, on the podium of the 4th stage of the Vuelta a San Juan where he finished second.


Peter Sagan, on the podium of the 4th stage of the Vuelta a San Juan where he finished second.Maximilian WhiteGetty

Thus, Sagan joins other legends of this sport who, like him, left their mark forever in the past decade. The Slovakian made the leap to professionals in 2009 and the following year reached the elite with Liquigas. Since then he has become a true cycling icon, not only because of his endless list of successes, but also because of his charisma and running style. Not only is one of the greatest of all time leaving, but a cyclist who raised the technique on the bike in the peloton and who also gave off that aura typical of rock stars. He left behind many unique moments, such as dizzying descents, viral videos riding his bike up stairs, wheelies on impossible ramps in ports… Endless memories that culminated in sporting stage victories in the three big ones, record for green jerseys in the Tour de France (7), three Ghent-Wevelgem, one Paris-Roubaix and three World Cups (the only one in history to achieve them consecutively) for a total of 121 victories to date. unrepeatable.

Sagan, whose performance has declined in recent seasons, especially in 2022 in which he suffered health problems due to excessive fatigue, will compete in MTB to enjoy himself and without any kind of pressure, just what he wanted to put an end to his sports race. Overalls will take the start in MTB races with the intention of gathering the necessary points to qualify for their final goal: the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. There they could face Tom Pidcock and the rest of the specialists of the modality to lower the curtain, definitively, on a legendary career.

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