Peter Sagan Bids Farewell to Road Cycling with Ninth Place Finish
Slovak Cyclist Competes in Last Road Cycling Race
Published on 01/10/2023
The renowned Slovak cyclist, Peter Sagan, representing TotalEnergies, concluded his road cycling career with a commendable ninth-place finish in the 51st edition of the Tour de la Vende in France.
Sagan displayed his potential for victory as he approached the final stretch. However, he was unable to surpass his competitors and settled for a respectable ninth place, crossing the finish line just five seconds behind the leading group. The ultimate triumph was claimed by the Frenchman Arnaud Dmare.
At the age of 33, Sagan bids farewell to road cycling after an illustrious career that boasts an impressive tally of 121 victories. Notably, he secured the title of world long-distance road champion three consecutive times from 2015 to 2017. Additionally, Sagan has triumphed in 12 stages of the Tour de France and 4 stages of the Vuelta a España, among other remarkable achievements.
Peter Sagan will now shift his focus towards preparing for his participation in the mountain bike category at the upcoming Paris Olympic Games.
The Slovakian cyclist had previously announced his decision to abstain from competing in World Tour events following the conclusion of the 2023 season. Instead, he aims to concentrate on mountain bike racing, with his sights set on the Paris 2024 Olympics.
“Since the beginning of my cycling career, I have always expressed my desire to conclude it in the mountain biking discipline. I am truly content with this decision as it allows me to pursue something I am genuinely passionate about,” stated Sagan in January of this year.
“It was never my aspiration to continue racing until the age of 40. I believe now is the opportune moment. If I can culminate my career at the Olympic Games in Paris, it would be a remarkable achievement for me,” he further added.
Sagan previously participated in the mountain bike event at the 2016 Rio Olympics. However, he acknowledges that his decision to compete in Paris 2024 is primarily driven by his desire for personal enjoyment.
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