Peter Sagan tests positive for Covid and will miss official reveal of his new team and bike

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Peter Sagan’s 2022 season Specialized Tarmac SL7. A fast looking bike, for the world’s best sprinter. (Photo: Specialized)
Peter Sagan’s 2022 season Specialized Tarmac SL7. A fast looking bike, for the world’s best sprinter. (Photo: Specialized)
  • The world's most entertaining pro cyclist has tested positive for Covid-19, again.
  • And that means Peter Sagan will miss the official reveal of his new team and bike.
  • But there is no question, that his new Specialized pro bike, looks great.

Nearly a year after first contracting Covid-19, Peter Sagan has tested positive a second time. And at the worst possible time – as he got his new bike for the season.

The Slovak cycling superstar never quite gained form last year, with Covid-19 disrupting his early-season training schedule. The same situation will hopefully not repeat this year. 

"My brother Juraj and I took Covid-19 tests which, unfortunately, came out positive. We have symptoms related to the virus and we are following the corresponding guidance set by the relevant authorities. I'll keep you posted."

Not an ideal start to the season

As a resident of Monaco, Sagan will have to adhere to French Covid-19 protocols, which mandate home isolation for five days. Things become a touch more problematic for Sagan, relating to how the UCI manages positive Covid-19 results for its elite athletes.

Sagan will have to undergo a series of medical tests to be eligible for high-intensity training, which could yet again unbalance his training regime – for a second year.

Amid all of this, he will miss the reveal of his new bike and team colours, for the season. After five years with the Bora-Hansgrohe team, Sagan has moved to TotalEnergies for 2022. And that means a new riding kit and bike design.

Due to his mandatory home isolation after that positive Covid-19 test, Sagan will miss the event where he would have shown the cycling world his new Specialized Tarmac SL7, at this weekend's TotalEnergies team launch. But we do know what his new bike looks like.

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The red symbolism here, traces to Sagan’s Slovak identity. (Photo: Specialized)

Red is fast - and Sagan certainly is

Graphic designers have worked their magic to create a colourway for the Sagan Tarmac SL7 that combines his proudly Slovak heritage, with the TotalEnergies team theme.

It can be challenging to make rider preference and team colours work on a pro bike frame, but the team tasked with Sagan's new ride have done an excellent job.

The three-time World Champion will be riding on a metallic blue Specialized Tarmac SL7, with a bright red seat post. Team TotalEnergies has blue as its dominant colour and the red seat post represents Sagan's Slovak roots.

When will Sagan fans see the greatest showman in cycling debut his new bike? At the Milan-Sanremo in March.

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