Peter Sagan – The Slovak Sensation

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Sagan’s ‘Running Man’ victory

Ask a person on the street “Name a famous Slovak” and you will undoubtedly get an overwhelming amount of blank stares. Maybe one or two would name some obscure author or a composer, and if you’re ever lucky enough to meet a cyclist, in a response as quick as the man himself, they would shout ‘Sagan!’ A winner of the Points Jersey of the Tour de France every year since 2012, the ‘Slovak sensation’ is a force to be reckoned with.

In his first ever Tour de France in 2012, Peter Sagan made a name for himself in the world of cycling. He managed to outsprint the yellow jersey wearer, Fabian Cancellara and Edvald Boasson Hagen in the first stage of the Tour, then stole the green jersey off Cancellara’s back in the second. He then wore the jersey all the way to the finish line in Paris. Demonstrating his dominance over the field, at the third stage’s finish line in Boulogne-Sur-Mer, Sagan ran…yes, ran, over the finishing line yards ahead of the others. He said of the stunt “ In his first tour, Sagan looked indefeatable. The Guardian’s William Fotheringam said of him “Peter Sagan is clearly special, so much so that the history books need to be consulted a mere four days into his debut Tour de France”

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The Incredible Hulk

One for exciting finishes, on the sixth stage of the tour, a 128.9mile long sprint finish to Metz, Sagan displayed his flair for the theatrics by crossing the finish line in a manner that has been likened to the Hulk. After outsprinting Germany’s Andre Greipel and Matthew Goss of Australia, Sagan dashed to the line with just enough time to flex his muscles and shout exuberantly. In his first ever Tour, Sagan was cycling laps around well-established, already successful professionals, and didn’t show any signs of stopping. Since his first Tour in 2012, Sagan has won every single green jersey the race has to offer, topping the points leaderboard from 2012 to 2015. His success knows no bounds, as he won the Slovakian Road Race Championships for the third time in 2013, and for the first time in his career, the Slovak Athlete of The Year.

Arguably Sagan’s greatest achievement is in 2015, when he won the World Road Race Championships in Richmond, Virginia. Sagan was one of three Slovak riders in the race, and elevated the country’s status in World Cycling.

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Slovak Sensation turned World Champion

2016 has already been a successful year for the Slovak sensation, as he won two exciting stages in the Tour of California, managed to finish second after riding solo out in front for 30km during the day. He also managed to clinch the points classification for the fifth time in his short but extremely impressive career. He hopes to further extend his Palmares this year by competing in the Tour de France for the fifth time, and has set his eyes upon Rio 2016, where he will ditch the road race and opt instead for the Mountain Bike competition.

 

By: Gwen King