By winning his second consecutive elite men’s world championship title in the road race, Peter Sagan capped off an amazing season — his best ever, really. Now that the 26-year-old has another rainbow jersey in his closet, we thought we’d look back on some of our favorite Sagan stories from 2016 — from epic race triumphs to mind-blowing bike handling to his off-beat sense of humor.
OK, so this one came out right at the end of 2015, but it’s too good not to mention. Sagan is a fan of Americana, and his elaborate lip-synch video would surely make John Travolta proud.
Death-defying bike handling skills
|Photo: Tim de Waele|
|Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com|
After coming correct at Gent-Wevelgem one week earlier, Peter Sagan finally notched the monument victory everyone had expected of him at the Tour of Flanders. BrakeThrough Media photographers Jim Fryer and Iri Greco captured the decisive attack on the Paterberg, and described the action from their first-hand perspectives.
|Chris Froome and Peter Sagan snuck away from the peloton in the final 10 kilometers of stage 11, benefiting from strong crosswinds. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com|
Cycling’s favorite new odd couple just might be the Slovak green jersey winner and the British Tour champ. Sagan and Chris Froome launched a surprise attack late in stage 11 of the Tour de France, to the disbelief of fans and rivals alike. Naturally, the world champ sprinted to the stage win, but the tactical nous displayed by both living legends was must-watch TV.
Roads? Where Sagan’s going, he doesn’t need roads
|Did Peter Sagan choose the right Olympic race? Photo: Tim De Waele ||
Stunning cycling fans everywhere, Sagan decided to skip the Rio Olympics road race in favor of the mountain bike competition. Sure, he was a junior world champ on knobbies, but could he hang with the world’s best? Turns out, he probably could, but his tires weren’t up to the task. But oh, what a ride!
|Peter Sagan finished atop the podium in the world championship road race Sunday for the second straight year. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com|