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“I’m not finished yet”

ByRoborto Sykes

Oct 30, 2020
October 13, 2020 will be a milestone in the career of Peter Sagan. At 30, the Slovakian clinched his very first stage victory at the Giro that day (for his first participation) and ended a fifteen-month shortage without any success. This will ultimately be his only victory of the year 2020, but the former triple world champion will be happy with it, as he confided in the columns of The Gazzetta dello Sport : “When you win a lot, people’s expectations increase, but often there is only a centimeter between the first and the second, but people only remember the winner. I do my best and I don’t listen to what people say. I take what I can have. I didn’t have a Giro stage in my history, now I have one. That makes me happy. I liked the way I won: by attacking, suffering and fighting for victory. I think people liked the way I won, too. Its important to me. It can’t be compared to a world title or whatever, but this victory will always have a special place in my heart. “

Containment weighed on

With only one victory (and six second places) this year, and a failure in the quest for the points classification jersey on the Tour de France (second behind Sam Bennett) and the Giro (second behind Arnaud Démare), Peter Sagan believes that the confinement of spring and the reconfiguration of the calendar (which meant that he competed in the Giro and not the Flandrian classics, which took place at the same time) played on his state of form, he who remained confined to Monaco with his son: “I don’t think it was easy for everyone to prepare for the season after confinement. Maybe the runners who were able to train outside, who weren’t in total containment, had an advantage. If you stay home and can only ride roller bikes, you notice a difference. But then we had time to prepare for the resumption of the season. I did more training camps this year than in the past. It was a short but intense season. “

His number of victories decreases from year to year

Under contract with Bora-Hansgrohe until the end of 2021, would the runner who will turn 31 in January already be at the end? He doesn’t want to believe it. ” Everything changes. No one is the same as ten years ago, it’s the same for runners. But I still want to keep running. I still love cycling. I’m happy for the impact I’m having and that the fans are enjoying what I’m doing. I’m not sure every season is harder, I think every season is different. If I win 20 races in 2021 I’m sure people will quickly say I’m back. I’m here, I’m not done yet. “For five years, its number of annual victories has been steadily decreasing (14 in 2016, 12 in 2017, 8 in 2018, 3 in 2019, 1 in 2020). However, it is difficult to imagine that it will end 2021 with the counter at 0 …