Sagan struggling and doubtful for Paris-Roubaix

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Peter Sagan during a pre-season training camp with his new team. (Photo: TotalEnergies)
Peter Sagan during a pre-season training camp with his new team. (Photo: TotalEnergies)

The world’s most charismatic road cycling pro is doubtful for one of the sport’s most feared races.

Slovakia's superstar rider is battling as Europe moves into its cycling season, with some of its most esteemed races stacked in the springtime calendar.

A debut season with any new team comes with additional pressure for pro riders. And when you are Peter Sagan, that pressure is compounded by a massive sense of expectation. The Slovakian multiple World Champion moved from Bora-Hansgrohe to TotalEnergies during the off-season.

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Despite changing teams, Sagan has remained with Specialized, as his bike of choice. (Photo: TotalEnergies/Specialized)

Not a great start, to the season

As a specialist sprinter and single day Classics rider, Sagan is expected to win or at least podium in most of the races he attends. But this has not been the case of late.

Although Sagan managed a fifth-place finish at the 199km Milano-Torino race in March, he did not complete the Milan-San Remo event. Sagan also missed the Tour de Flanders, an event he won in 2016, and could not finish the Tirreno-Adriatico, despite a fourth-place finish on one of the stages.

The TotalEnergies team has not been invited to ride the Giro d’Italia, which means the Grand Tour focus for Sagan will be a successful Tour de France.

In January, Sagan tested positive for Covid-19 and has been nowhere near his best form since, missing a crucial pre-season training block. At this stage, the great Slovak looks unlikely to start this weekend’s Paris-Roubaix, a race he won in 2018.

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