Peter Sagan (born 26 January 1990) is a Slovak professional road bicycle racer for World Tour team Tinkoff-Saxo. Sagan had a successful junior cyclo-cross and mountain bike racing career, winning the Junior World Championship in 2008, before moving to road racing.
Sagan is considered one of cycling’s most promising young talents, having earned many prestigious victories in his early twenties. Supporting this view are victories in: two Paris–Nice stages, three Tirreno–Adriatico stages, one in the Tour de Romandie, two and the overall classification in the Tour de Pologne, a record thirteen in the Tour of California, and eleven in the Tour de Suisse. He has won seven stages in Grand Tours: three in the Vuelta a España and four in the Tour de France. He was also the winner of the points classification in the Tour de France, in 2012, 2013 and 2014; as a result, Sagan became the second rider to win the classification in his first three attempts, after Freddy Maertens.
Bike Handling Sagan style….
Why have handling skills? You never know when it will come in handy… when a pothole, a slick piece of road, or a spectator steps out and needs to be avoided, preventing a crash, allowing the athlete to remain in the competition unscathed.
Besides who doesn’t want to be able to do a no-hand wheelie?
Peter Sagan has used his bike handling skills to carve tighter lines through crit style finishes of Tour stages which wind through narrow streets of old European towns, moving himself up in position, putting time on the competition, and to win the stage. He has used his sprinting and finishing technique to lunge across finish lines placing his front wheel ahead to claim victory.
Although the ability to do a no hand wheelie may seem irrelevant, the fact is that this ability reveals the core strength, balance, technique, and form which pro riders need and depend on to ride shoulder to shoulder in the peloton, to avoid crashes or minimize their effect, when descending and cornering at high speeds during TTs and mountain stages, and while riding through cross winds and on the cobblestones of the spring classics.
As competition stiffens across all sports, being able to hold the pace with the leaders becomes only one aspect and winning depends on being the complete athlete: one who can hold the pace, retain enough in the tank to seize the opportunity to edge out rivals when critical moments arise and have the skills to do so. Developing better bike handling skills will allow athletes to ride more efficiently providing them that spare capacity needed to deliver consistent peak performances.