Peter Sagan did not finish Flèche Wallonne this Wednesday and had seen neither the arrival of the Amstel Gold Race on Sunday … Two consecutive retirements had not happened since 2013 (last 2 races) of the season, the Lombardy tour and the Japanese Cup for 2 weeks later). The Triple World Champion spends its time on the roads of Classic in the spring of 2019. His best result for a race this year is his 4th place in Milan-Sanremo. In fact, this season, Sagan won only once: he was on Tour Down Under, in mid-January in Australia.
Should we worry? The Slovakian himself seems resigned. There is no more generic Star Wars to announce its exit from the bus, Sagan is more discreet and more modest than in recent seasons. He knows what's in his legs … and especially what he does not have. At the start of the races in Flanders he even waved a surprising goal: Liège-Bastogne-Liège, with a peak of shape that reached the end of April, which apologized for its less impressive level (and that is euphemism). Except that it never increases. The way it is Phillip Gilbert and Nils Polit he left him in Paris-Ruby while he could still dream of doubling, he revealed. Liege-Bastogne-Liege will be without him.
The man behind the champ
But Sagan has not lived calmly in recent months. He could not get into the school blocks, get sick, for example, during an internship in Sierra Nevada, and never seemed able to compensate for the backwardness in the winter.
And then there is the man behind the runner: a few times the champion was tired of a runner's life (his travels, his hotels, his routine actions), and his personal life was also reversed. In the middle of a love affair, Peter Sagan also tries to spend as much time as possible with his son Marlon. His head looks cluttered, where all runners will admit that the free spirit needs to free their legs.
But if there is one category in which Sagan remains the leader, that's the popularity. Poorly praised by the audience by Flèche Wallonne, despite his boring season, the Slovakian kept his smile, even responding to the shy "Thank you" thumb up, to the praise of the spectator. Rock star never comes out completely … His return on the road is scheduled in the California Tour.