Peter Sagan will retire from cycling at the end of this year

Peter Sagan will retire from cycling at the end of this year

Slovak Peter Sagan (TotalEnergies), three-time road world champion, will retire from professional cycling at the end of the season and will focus on preparing for his participation in the Paris Olympic Games in the mountain bike modality, as announced at the Return to San Juan.

Sagan, who turned 33 yesterday, rallied the prominent press in San Juan to announce his decision not to compete in World Tour events once the 2023 season concludes, and will focus on racing in the mountain bike modality, thinking to Paris 2024.

“I have to say that the time has come. I said that I would like to finish this season as a WorldTour cyclist. I would like to prepare for the Olympic Games on mountain bike,” he said surrounded by colleagues, technicians, assistants. and a representative on a podium at the Villicum Autodrome, near San Juan.

The winner of 12 stages of the Tour de France, 4 of the Vuelta and of Paris Roubaix and Ronde van Vlaanderen, among other successes, who stand at 121 since his professional debut with Liquigas in 2010, is in his second season with the Totalnergies and is planning to participate in some classics and the Tour de France this year.

“I have always said that I would like to end my mountain bike career, because I started my cycling career in this specialty. I really like this decision to end my career because I’m doing something that I really enjoy,” he said.

“El Bicho”, an idol in San Juan, commented that he enjoys spending time with his son Marlon and seeing life from different angles, not just as a cyclist.

“It was never my dream to run until I was 40. I think now is the time. And if I can finish my career in Paris at the Olympics, it will be a good thing for me.”

Sagan is counting on the prospect of continuing with TotalEnergies as a mountain biker in 2024 and being able to race the occasional non-WorldTour road event.

Sagan competed in the mountain bike event at the 2016 Rio Olympics, but admitted his decision to ride in Paris in 2024 was “for fun”.

“It’s not about looking for medals, I don’t want to be under pressure whether I win or lose. It’s something I’ve always wanted, finish my mountain biking career and next year is an Olympic year. But I wanted to do it for myself, not for anyone else.”

Source: El heraldo