The roads have no boundaries, especially when you’re the reigning Road World Champion Peter Sagan.
Sagan will be taking on the mountain trails in Rio de Janeiro at the Olympic Games cross-country mountain bike race this Sunday, with modest expectations regarding his chances of winning a medal.
“Technically, I am not bad. I am not here to lose. Can I win? If I lose, I am not disappointed. If I win, it’s so good,” said Sagan who won the 2008 junior cross-country world title.
In June, it was announced by the Slovak Olympic Committee that Sagan would be awarded its sole male mountain bike starting place and has ridden several mountain bike events in preparation for Rio.
“I have not raced mountain bike in seven years. A lot of things have changed. I’m here for more personal (reasons). I want to try. I will give the maximum for sure,” said Sagan
Sagan made his Olympics debut in 2012, finishing 34th in the road race, but is more excited for his second appearance in Rio.
“I raced the road race in London and I already wanted to race mountain bike there but it was not possible. For sure, it’s a big dream for me,” he said.
“It’s all about one day. All about one and a half hours. The tactics I will decide during the race. You can lose the race in the start, but it could be good. Maybe if I am lucky, and I can go to the front pretty fast. Maybe I will waste too much energy,” Sagan said.
In his bid for a medal, Sagan will come up against France’s Julien Absalon, Switzerland’s Nino Schurter and gold medallist from 2012, Jaroslav Kulhavý (Czech Republic).
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