Peter Sagan

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Peter Sagan
Peter Sagan - UPCC 2013.jpg
Personal information
Full name Peter Sagan
Nickname The Terminator[1]
Born (1990-01-26) 26 January 1990 (age 24)
Žilina, Slovakia
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)[2]
Weight 73 kg (161 lb; 11.5 st)[2]
Team information
Current team Cannondale
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Puncheur
Sprinter
Classics specialist
Amateur team(s)
2009 Dukla Trenčín Merida
Professional team(s)
2010– Liquigas-Doimo
Major wins

Grand Tours

Tour de France
Points classification (2012, 2013)
4 individual stages (2012, 2013)
Vuelta a España
3 individual stages (2011)

Stage races

Giro di Sardegna (2011)
Tour de Pologne (2011)

One-day races and Classics

National Road Race Championships (2011, 2012, 2013)
Gent–Wevelgem (2013)
Brabantse Pijl (2013)
Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal (2013)
E3 Harelbeke (2014)
Infobox last updated on
14 April 2014

Peter Sagan (born 26 January 1990) is a Slovak professional road bicycle racer for World Tour team Cannondale.[3] Sagan had a successful junior cyclo-cross and mountain bike racing career, winning the Junior World Championship in 2008, before moving to road racing.

Sagan is considered one of cycling's most promising young talents, having earned many prestigious victories in his early twenties.[4] Supporting this view are victories in: two Paris–Nice stages, three Tirreno–Adriatico stages, one in the Tour de Romandie, two and the overall classification in the Tour de Pologne, a record ten in the Tour of California,[5] eight in the Tour de Suisse as well as the overall classification and three stages of the Giro di Sardegna. He has won seven stages in Grand Tours: three in the Vuelta a España and four in the Tour de France. He was also the winner of the points classification in the Tour de France, in 2012 and 2013; as a result, Sagan became the second rider to win the classification in his first two attempts, after Freddy Maertens.

Early life and amateur career[edit]

Born in Žilina, Sagan is the youngest child among three brothers and a sister. He was brought up by his sister as his parents spent most of the day taking care of a small grocery shop they own in his hometown. His older brother Juraj Sagan is also a professional cyclist, and is also a member of the Cannondale team.

Sagan started to ride bikes at the age of nine when he joined Cyklistický spolok Žilina, a small local club in his home town. Throughout his junior years Sagan rode both mountain bikes and road bikes, and was well known for his unconventional style of riding in tennis shoes and t-shirts and drinking just pure water. Sagan drew a significant amount of attention when he appeared at the Slovak Cup with a bicycle borrowed from his sister. Sagan had mistakenly sold his own and had not received a spare from the Velosprint sponsor in time. He won the race despite riding a supermarket bike with poor brakes and limited gearing.[6]

Professional career[edit]

2009[edit]

Sagan's first professional cycling opportunity came along when he was hired by the Dukla Trenčín Mérida team, a Slovak outfit in the Continental Pro (second) division. In 2008, he won the Junior World Championship on a mountain bike in Vale di Sole. That same year he also finished second in the Cyclocross Junior World Championships in Treviso and the Junior Paris–Roubaix.[7]

Sagan joined a Pro Tour team Quick Step for road testing but failed to secure a contract. His frustration was so deep that he decided to quit road cycling, however pressed by his family he gave it a try to Liquigas-Doimo and succeeded. Liquigas' Zanatta offered Sagan a two-year contract (2010–2011) with an option to ride mountain bikes for Cannondale. In April 2010 the contract was extended to 2012. Liquigas doctors and managers were stunned by results of Sagan's medical tests, saying that they had never seen a 19-year-old rider as physically strong and capable. During the training camp Sagan destroyed more mountain bikes than any other rider due to his ability to put a bike through its paces. This earned him the nickname "Terminator".[8]

2010[edit]

"I do not want to be the second Eddy Merckx. I want to be the first Peter Sagan."

Sagan at a press conference in Slovakia on numerous comparisons of him to Eddy Merckx[9]

Liquigas nominated Sagan for his first Pro Tour road race Tour Down Under in January 2010 at the age of 19. He was involved in a crash during the second stage but kept riding with 17 stitches in his arm and left thigh. In the queen stage to Willunga he joined an attack over the last climb with Cadel Evans, Alejandro Valverde and Luis León Sánchez. The four fought to hold off the sprinters' group over the next 20 kilometres, with Sánchez taking the win.[10]

Sagan won his first and second Pro Tour stages during the 2010 Paris–Nice road race. Sagan was not initially nominated for the race, but joined the team after his teammate Maciej Bodnar broke his collarbone.[11] His first stage win was gained on 10 March 2010, when Sagan joined a move initiated by Nicolas Roche on the final climb of the third stage into Aurillac and out-sprinted Roche and Joaquim Rodríguez for the stage win. This stage win also gave Sagan the lead in the "Green Jersey" or Points Classification.[12] Sagan's second Pro Tour win came two days later from a solo attack in the fifth stage into Aix-en-Provence. Attacking three kilometres from the finish, on a steep climb, Sagan was able to hold off the Peloton to claim the win.[13] Alongside his two stage wins, Sagan also finished second in stage two at Limoges and third in stage six into Tourrettes-sur-Loup. The combination of high stage placings and intermediate sprint points won Sagan the Green Jersey for 2010. He finished the race 17th, three minutes and twenty one seconds behind race winner Alberto Contador, who praised the young Slovak and predicted he would be a rival to watch in future races. He also finished eighth in the "White Jersey" or Young Riders Classification.[14]

Sagan at the 2010 Tour of California, where he finished eighth overall as well as winning the points and young rider classifications.

At the 2010 Tour of California, Sagan won the 5th and the 6th stage, coming in with the GC contenders each time. After missing the move up Bonny Doon on stage 3, he was 17 seconds back. The two stage wins that he took not only moved him into 3rd on GC but also put him into the points jersey. Going into the 7th Stage Time Trial through Los Angeles, he was only 9 seconds back. Even though he had prior success in Prologues, this Time Trial was slightly too long, and he lost 1 minute and 35 seconds on GC going into the final stage. Even though he was dropped out of the select GC group on the last lap of the 20.4 miles (32.8 km) circuit, he secured both the Youth Competition and the Points Jersey. He ended up 8th in the overall, behind seasoned veterans like Levi Leipheimer, Michael Rogers, David Zabriskie, Chris Horner, and Jens Voigt, all people very highly respected in the European peloton. Sagan finished fourth in the opening prologue of the 2010 Tour de Suisse, only three seconds behind Fabian Cancellara, but finished almost 11 minutes down in the second stage and didn't take the start the following day alleging severe fatigue.[15]

After taking a break during July, he returned to form later in the season, securing high placings in a number of European races as well as 2nd place in the inaugural Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal. He rode the World Championships in Geelong, Australia for Slovakia, but failed to make an impact in the long race. He planned to ride several late season races including Paris-Tours and the Giro di Lombardia but an intestinal issue forced him out of the former and weakened him in the latter.[16]

2011[edit]

Sagan was set to continue in 2011 with the same team, now renamed Liquigas-Cannondale. At a team training camp in December 2010, Sagan said that his first goal for the 2011 season would be Milan San Remo.[17]

After beginning his season with some solid placings in a couple of Italian one-day races, Sagan really got his season going at the Giro di Sardegna. He won three of the five stages in the race, and won both the overall and the points classification, narrowly hanging on to beat Jose Serpa by three seconds in the general classification.[18]

During the Tour of California, he won stage 5 on his way to a win in the points classification for the second straight year at this event.[19]

In June he took part in the Tour de Suisse starting off with a third place in the opening prologue. He then won a mountain stage 3, showing his versatility, when he caught Damiano Cunego on the descent of Grosse Scheidegg and then outsprinted him in the dash to the finish line. Sagan managed two other podium placings in the flat stages with an uphill sprint finish before winning stage 8 in another bunch sprint. This victory was enough to secure another points jersey for the young Slovak rider.[20]

He rode the Tour de Pologne as a preparation for the Vuelta. He took the leader's jersey after winning stage 4 and then he also won stage 5. Although he lost the jersey to Daniel Martin after a difficult finish of stage 6, he managed to regain it on the final day of the race thanks to bonus seconds for intermediate sprint and a second place on the stage. He also claimed the points classification.[20][21]

Sagan targeted the Vuelta a España as his first Grand Tour appearance. He did not disappoint, earning 3 stage wins in the process. On stage 6, he caused a split in the small lead group by leading them down the final descent crouched on his bike to increase speed. Three teammates survived his onslaught, plus the heavily outnumbered Pablo Lastras Garcia (Movistar Team) and Sagan went on to win the sprint.[22] He also won stage 12 in a sprint conclusion. His next objective was the final stage in Madrid, which he won thanks to a very narrow margin to rivals Daniele Bennati and Alessandro Petacchi.[23]

2012[edit]

Sagan at the 2012 Tour of Flanders, where he finished in fifth place.

He began the season in good form, winning a stage and the points classification in the Tour of Oman. Sagan won Stage 4 of Tirreno-Adriatico and also played a key role in helping Vincenzo Nibali win the event overall. Sagan's good form continued into the classics season, with fourth place in Milan-San Remo, second in Gent-Wevelgem, a stage victory in Three Days of De Panne, fifth in the Tour of Flanders and third in the Amstel Gold Race.

On the first stage of the Tour of California, Sagan had a puncture with 7 kilometres to go. He worked his way back to the bunch and avoided a crash that occurred with 3 kilometres left in the race. His team-mate Daniel Oss piloted him in the last few kilometres, and Sagan out sprinted his rivals, taking the stage win.[24] The very next day, he won again on stage 2, in Santa Cruz. After suffering a crash in the Empire Grade climb, he got back on and his team dragged him to the last corner of the race, a right bend with the finish line only a couple hundred metres away. Sagan was first out of the corner and accelerated to the finish, taking his second victory in a row.[25] On the third stage, Sagan took his third consecutive victory by a very slim margin over Heinrich Haussler (Garmin-Barracuda) for the third time in a row.[26] He would go on to win again on the fourth stage in a bunch finish.[27] After the dust settled on the Tour, Sagan had five stage wins, including the eighth and final stage in Los Angeles[28] and the points jersey, shattering the previous record of Tour of California stage wins with a cumulative of eight stages, the previous mark attained by Levi Leipheimer of the Omega Pharma-Quick Step squad with six. He was also awarded for his performance with the sprinter's jersey.[5][29]

"I have never seen a rider like him. I do not think anyone has. He is the first-of-a-kind rider. You can expect everything because he can win what he wants. Anything. If he wins the Tour de France someday, it will not be a surprise to me. Watch out."

Ivan Basso on Sagan.[30]

Sagan demonstrated good form once again in the World Tour classified Tour de Suisse by winning four stages and the points classification jersey. He kicked things off with a somewhat surprising win in the opening prologue, besting local favorite and time trial specialist Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Nissan) by 4 seconds over the 7.3 km (4.5 mi) course.[31] The second stage was not suited for him since it was a mountainous affair, but he did prevail on stage 3, in a thrilling finish where the bunch caught the final two escapees inside the final kilometer. The asphalt was wet with rain and Sagan's foot came out of his pedal in one of the last bend, but he managed to stay upright and pass Orica-GreenEDGE's Baden Cooke before the line, arms in the air and wearing the white jersey awarded to the best sprinter.[32] The very next day, he took his third victory in four days, once again in rainy conditions. With about 350 metres to go, Marcus Burghardt of BMC Racing Team launched a sprint for the finish line. Sagan jumped out of his teammate's wheel to get into Burghardt's slipstream and sailed past him to take the win. He thanked his team for their efforts afterward, especially Moreno Moser, who "shut down every attack at the end of the race, letting me do the sprint I wanted; big thanks to Moreno and I hope I can return the favour soon."[33] The next win came on stage 6, the last stage of the Tour which was suited to the sprinters. The final kilometres in Bischofszell were filled with urban obstacles such as roundabouts and sharp bends, and Sagan stayed with the head of the bunch. With 200 metres to go, Sagan took a left bend with a small patch of cobbles in it at full speed. He scraped the barriers as he came out of the corner with Orica-GreenEDGE's Michael Albasini on his left, and sprinted his way to victory. When asked about the seemingly close call he had in the aforementioned turn, the Slovak answered: "The finishes in the Tour de Suisse are never straight so you need to invent something to find some space [...]".[34]

Sagan at the 2012 Tour de France. Sagan won the points classification, winning three stages during the race.

Prior to the Tour, Sagan made a bet with Liquigas president Paolo Zani. If Sagan was able to win two stages and the green jersey, Zani would have to buy a Porsche car for him. Sagan started the Tour by finishing in 53rd place on the Prologue after losing some time in the corners. He won the first stage in Seraing atop a small climb after breaking away with a little more than a kilometre to go with Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Nissan) and out sprinting him and Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Sky).[35] According to Sagan's SRM file, in the final 1.5 km when Cancellara initiated the move, Sagan ramped up his cadence to over 120rpm to stay with him and averaged 493 watts of power in the last 2 minutes 20 seconds of the race. His power output surged to 1,236 watts in the finale, averaging 970 watts in the last 200 metres.[36] On Stage 3, he came atop the final Category 4 climb in Boulogne-sur-Mer sprinting away and leaving the field behind.[37] As he crossed the finish line, which was situated at the end of the 700-metre slope, he made a gesture imitating the run of Forrest Gump.[38] He won again on Stage 6, which had a course suited for a bunch sprint and finished in Metz. He beat pure sprinters Andre Greipel of Lotto-Belisol and Matthew Goss of the Orica-GreenEDGE squad by a little more than a bike length.[39] He finished the Tour with 3 stage wins and the green jersey, also earning the "most combative" rider award on the mountainous Stage 14.[40] He won a Porsche since he made a bet with the Liquigas management that he could win 2 stages and the points classification.[41]

2013[edit]

"He is a once-in-a-generation rider. He is super, super good. He is making us all look like juniors."

Mark Cavendish on Sagan.[42]

In 2013, Sagan's team changed its name to Cannondale, since Liquigas ended its cycling sponsorship after eight years.[43] Sagan started his season at the Tour de San Luis, coming close to success in the last stage by finishing second behind Mattia Gavazzi.[44] He took his first victory of the season on the second stage of the Tour of Oman. Sagan broke away from a group of chasers in the final kilometres, joined three escapees but continued his effort to bank a solo win.[45] He won again the very next day on a stage that featured the same course as stage 2 of the 2012 edition, which he had won as well.[46] Before the start of stage 5, Sagan announced his withdrawal due to bronchitis.[47] He scored a victory in his very first comeback race, the Gran Premio Città di Camaiore by out sprinting a group of twelve riders.[48] He finished second at Strade Bianche, while his team-mate Moreno Moser won the event. Sagan covered the late break attempts to help Moser's bid for victory, then attacked himself to complete a one-two for Cannondale.[49] He went on to win stages 3 and 6 of Tirreno–Adriatico. On stage 3, he out sprinted Mark Cavendish and André Greipel in pouring rain after his team accelerated the race's speed on a small climb nearing the finish.[50] On stage 6, Sagan survived a climb featuring a section at a slated 30% incline, and formed a breakaway with former teammate Vincenzo Nibali and Joaquim Rodríguez. He beat both to the sprint.[51]

Sagan, wearing the green jersey as leader of the points classification, at the 2013 Tour de France

Sagan's excellent form meant he entered Milan – San Remo as the hot favourite for victory, however, he was beaten into second place in the sprint by MTN Qhubeka's Gerald Ciolek.[52] He won the Gent–Wevelgem race, which had been shortened by 90 kilometres (56 mi) due to extreme cold. Sagan broke away from a group of 10 riders with 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) remaining and won solo, performing a series of wheelies after crossing the line.[53] Two days later, Sagan carried his good form to the Three Days of De Panne, where he won a close sprint ahead of Arnaud Démare of FDJ. Démare complained to the race officials that Sagan had swerved slightly in the final metres, but to no avail as they maintained Sagan's victory.[54] Sagan finished second at the Tour of Flanders after breaking away with Fabian Cancellara and joining Jürgen Roelandts. Cancellara attacked on the last climb, the Paterberg, dropped Sagan and went on to win solo.[55] Sagan caused some controversy on the podium by pinching the bottom of a podium girl,[56] and after a media backlash, he apologized the next day.[57] At the sign-up ceremony before the Brabantse Pijl, Sagan presented his apologies in person to the podium girl (Maja Leye) and gave her a flower bouquet.[58] He then went on to win the race, where he chased an attack by Greg Van Avermaet in the final kilometers. Only Philippe Gilbert could follow, and Sagan was faster in the final dash for the line.[59] His next win came in May on stage 3 of the Tour of California. In the somewhat hectic massive sprint, Sagan came from a long way to beat Michael Matthews, finding a passage on the right side of the road at the last moment.[60] He concluded the Tour by winning the last stage in Santa Rosa, securing the points classification jersey for the fourth year in a row.[61]

On stage 3 of the Tour de Suisse, Sagan showed that he still has the ability to climb with the best in the sport. After making the selection on the category one climb, Sagan was able to distance himself along with Rui Costa, Roman Kreuziger and Mathias Frank on the final wet and narrow descent. The four held off the rest of the field and Sagan took the stage victory.[62] Sagan cemented his victory in the points classification by taking the eighth stage, which was flatter and more suited to the sprinters. He got the best of Daniele Bennati and Philippe Gilbert.[63] He then went on to win the Slovakian Road Race Championships for the third time, stating that he would be happy to harbor the national emblem on his jersey for the Tour de France.[64] At the Tour, Sagan scored numerous second positions before winning stage 7 to Albi, after his team worked to shed the pure sprinters on the Category 2 Col de la Croix de Mounis. He outsprinted the select group he was part of, crossing the line before John Degenkolb.[65] Sagan retained the green jersey to Paris and dyed his beard green to underline that victory.[66] He then went on to win the sprints classification and numerous stages in the USA Pro Cycling Challenge (4 stage wins) and the Tour of Alberta (2 stage wins). Sagan got short of success in the Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec where he accelerated strongly on one of the final climbs but faded in sight of the finishing line. He compensated two days later by taking victory in the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal, escaping the leading group on a climb with five kilometers to go and winning solo.[67]

The successful year of 2013 was also acknowledged in Slovakia, where he became the Athlete of the Year, for the first time in his career.[68]

2014[edit]

Sagan started the 2014 season at the Tour de San Luis, where he finished second on the final stage.[69] Then he competed at Dubai Tour, where he took second and third place stage finishes; he lost out to Marcel Kittel on both occasions.[70][71] He finished second at Strade Bianche again, this time he was defeated by Michał Kwiatkowski. The two riders attacked with 21 km (13.0 mi) to go, but Kwiatkowski was stronger on the final climb.[72][73] At Tirreno–Adriatico Sagan won one stage and the points classification.[74][75] Sagan finished tenth in Milan – San Remo, despite being considered one of pre-race favorites.[76][77] Then he went on to win E3 Harelbeke and he finished 3rd in Gent–Wevelgem. Sagan's next attempt to win his first monument was at the Tour of Flanders, but he finished 16th.[78]

Major results[edit]

2008
1st MaillotMundial.PNG MTB World Championships Juniors
1st Gold medal blank.svg MTB European Championships Juniors
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Cyclo-cross World Championships Juniors
2nd Juniors Paris–Roubaix
2009
1st GP Kooperativa
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Jersey white.svg Young Rider classification
1st Stages 2 & 5
4th Overall Dookola Mazowsza
2010
Paris–Nice
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stages 3 & 5
Tour de Romandie
1st Stage 1
2nd Philadelphia International Championship
2nd Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal
7th GP Ouest-France
8th Overall Tour of California
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Jersey white.svg Young Rider classification
1st Stages 5 & 6
2011
1st Jersey red.svg Overall Giro di Sardegna
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stages 1, 3 & 4
Tour of California
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stage 5
Tour de Suisse
1st Jersey blue.svg Points classification
1st Stages 3 & 8
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour de Pologne
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stages 4 & 5
Vuelta a España
1st Stages 6, 12 & 21
1st MaillotSlovakia.gif National Road Race Championships
1st GP Industria & Commercio di Prato
2nd Philadelphia International Championship
2012
Tour of Oman
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stage 2
1st Stage 4 Tirreno–Adriatico
1st Stage 1 Three Days of De Panne
Tour of California
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stages 1, 2, 3, 4 & 8
Tour de Suisse
1st Jersey white.svg Points classification
1st Stages 1 (ITT), 3, 4 & 6
Tour de France
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stages 1, 3 & 6
Jersey red number.svg Combativity award Stage 14
1st MaillotSlovakia.gif National Road Race Championships
2nd Gent–Wevelgem
3rd Amstel Gold Race
4th Milan – San Remo
5th Tour of Flanders
8th UCI World Tour
2013
1st MaillotSlovakia.gif National Road Race Championships
1st Gent–Wevelgem
1st Brabantse Pijl
1st Gran Premio Città di Camaiore
1st Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal
USA Pro Cycling Challenge
1st Jersey green.svg Sprints classification
1st Stages 1, 3, 6 & 7
Tour of Alberta
1st Jersey green.svg Sprints classification
1st Prologue, Stages 1 & 5
Tour of California
1st Jersey green.svg Sprints classification
1st Stages 3 & 8
Tour of Oman
1st Stages 2 & 3
Tirreno–Adriatico
1st Stages 3 & 6
Tour de Suisse
1st Jersey polkadot.svg Points classification
1st Stages 3 & 8
Tour de France
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stage 7
1st Stage 1 Three Days of De Panne
2nd Strade Bianche
2nd Milan – San Remo
2nd E3 Harelbeke
2nd Tour of Flanders
4th UCI World Tour
6th World Road Race Championships
10th Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec
2014
1st E3 Harelbeke
Tirreno–Adriatico
1st Jersey red.svg Points classification
1st Stage 3
1st Stage 4 Tour of Oman
1st Stage 1 Three Days of De Panne
2nd Strade Bianche
3rd Gent–Wevelgem
6th Paris–Roubaix
10th Milan – San Remo

Monuments results timeline[edit]

Monument 2011 2012 2013 2014
Milan – San Remo 17 4 2 10
Tour of Flanders DNF 5 2 16
Paris–Roubaix 86 6
Liège–Bastogne–Liège
Giro di Lombardia DNF

DNF = Did not finish
— = Did not compete

Grand Tour record[edit]

2011 2012 2013
Giro DNE DNE DNE
Stages won  —  —  —
Points classification  —  —  —
Tour DNE 42 82
Stages won  — 3 1
Points classification  — 1 1
Vuelta 121 DNE DNE
Stages won 3  —  —
Points classification 4  —  —
Legend
1 Winner
2–3 Top three-finish
4–10 Top ten-finish
11– Other finish
DNE Did Not Enter
DNF-x Did Not Finish (retired on stage x)
DSQ Disqualified
N/A Race/classification not held
NR Not Ranked in this classification

Road World Championships results[edit]

Year 2010 2011 2012 2013
Result DNF 12 14 6

Olympic Games road race results[edit]

Year 2012
Result 35

Number of wins per year[edit]

This table includes number of wins, second- and third-place finishes per year excluding UCI level 2 races.

2010[79] 2011[80] 2012[81] 2013[82] 2014[83] Total
Wins 5 14 15 21 4 59
2nd 5 7 8 10 4 34
3rd 1 3 5 5 3 17
As of 1 April 2014

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Zuzana Štefečeková
Sportsperson of Slovakia
2013
Succeeded by
Incumbent