Peter Sagan retiring at end of season to focus on MTB at Paris Olympics
Peter Sagan is a household name in the world of road cycling having won an incredible 121 races in his 12 years as a pro but he's always been a mountain biker at heart. Sagan won the world junior title in mountain biking at age 18 in 2008 before making the switch to road racing. He participated in the 2016 Olympic mountain bike race in Rio but a puncture put paid to his aspirations of a medal - something he will look to rectify come 2024 at the Paris Olympic Games.
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Sagan announced that the 2023 season would be his last as a professional road rider, stating that he won't compete in WorldTour events thereafter. However, he has mentioned his intentions to take on the mountain bike event at the 2024 Paris Olympics.
“I would like to say the moment has arrived. I decided I would like to finish this season as a rider in WorldTour races. I would like to prepare for the Olympic Games in mountain bike.” - Peter Sagan
“I always said I would like to finish my career on the mountain bike, because I started my career on the mountain bike,” Sagan said. “It gives me some pleasure at the end of my career because I’m doing something I really enjoy.
“It’s important for me to spend time with my son Marlon and to see life from different angles, and not just as a cyclist. It was never my dream to race or to be a professional rider until 40 or 50. I think it’s time now. And if I am going to be able to finish my career in Paris at the Olympics Games, that’s going to be something nice for me.” - Peter Sagan
Sagan claims to have another win left in him in 2023 and he'll likely continue to ride under the TotalEnergies sponsorship as a mountain biker. Though he's not opposed to taking on the odd WorldTour event in the future.