Peter Sagan is unlikely to start Paris-Roubaix, it has been reported, after health issues prevented him from training or racing to his full potential.
The TotalEnergies rider won the race in 2018 but suffered a stop-start at the start of his 2022 season, his last comeback attempt aborted this week, as he withdrew from Circuit Cycliste Sarthe on stage two .
“I don’t feel well, I often feel tired and I have to find out why,” Sagan said. The Gazzetta dello Sport (opens in a new tab).
The Slovak will undergo further tests in France to understand why he feels below his best level, in addition to the exams that have already been carried out.
Sagan tested positive for Covid for the second time in January and missed a key pre-season training block, which impacted his start to the season. He did not start the Tour of Flanders last week, of which he is also a former winner.
His best result this season was fourth in the second stage of Tirreno-Adriatico, although he retired from the race before the next stage after falling ill with a stomach ache. The three-time world champion then also finished fifth in Milan-Turin ahead of Milan-San Remo.
“Peter hasn’t been well lately. His legs hurt much more than usual and he finds it hard to exert himself. He is sometimes light-headed and often very tired,” said Gabriele Ubaldi, his friend and press officer. Tuttobiciweb.
He joined TotalEnergies this winter after five years with Bora-Hansgrohe, during which he won Paris-Roubaix and Gent-Wevelgem. It was another sight this season, seeing the ever-present rider in the leading groups during the classics struggling to hold on.
Ubaldi continued: “I have worked with him for nine years and I have never seen him give up a race apart from a bad crash. At the moment we do not know how his season will continue, he has planned Paris-Roubaix but personally I think it is difficult that he can be in good condition at the start, although it is clear that he will make the decision with the team also according to the results of the tests he passes.
“The priority for everyone is obviously their health, so it is important to identify the cause of their discomfort. We are not worried that there could be anything serious but we clearly have to resolve the situation. The team is very close to him and is helping him try to get out of this bad situation as soon as possible.”
Sagan will not participate in the Giro d’Italia, where he won the points classification last year, because his team was not invited. However, TotalEnergies is on the Tour de France start list, so that should be its major focus this year.
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