Peter Sagan is set to make the switch from road to trail, as he takes part in the Electric Mountain Bike World Championship in late August.
The 32-year-old Slovak recently competed in the Tour de France, but after a brief training stint at altitude in the United States, the TotalEnergies rider will return to Europe for the competition in Les Gets, France, which takes place on August 26.
“It’s going to be a party,” Sagan said, speaking to The Gazzetta Dello Sport (opens in a new tab) this week.
A three-time world road champion, Sagan has always enjoyed the extreme elements of cycling and is widely regarded as one of the most versatile riders in the peloton.
In June this year, the Slovak competed in a 100 mile gravel race at Unbound Gravel in Kansas, USA. Sagan’s teammate Daniel Oss also competed in the event alongside him.
Before he started racing on the road, the 32-year-old started his MTB cycling career as a junior, and also raced in the Rio 2016 Olympics in the mountain bike event. The TotalEnergies rider has also competed in numerous cyclocross events throughout his career.
A contributing factor to the Slovak’s participation in the e-MTB championship is his long-term partnership with bicycle brand Specialized.
The bike brand has long been involved in the e-MTB world championships. Previously, Tom Pidcock had won the event riding a Specialized e-bike.
Along with his participation in the electric mountain bike event in August, Sagan is due to participate in several small road races in Europe.
According The Gazetta, on August 21, the 32-year-old is due to take part in a small race in Hamburg, Germany, before taking part in the Bretagne Classic a week later.
When discussing his participation in the electric mountain bike event, Sagan suggested his involvement was more to please his sponsors. He said, “I won’t be able to be competitive and I’m not going for that.”
Meanwhile, after her second stage victory in the first-ever Women’s Tour de France with Zwift, Dutch sprinter Lorena Wiebes admitted after the race that she had already been inspired by Sagan. Discussing the runners who inspire him in an interview with Cycling tips (opens in a new tab), Wiebes said: “For sprinters I look more at the men’s peloton and that would be Fabio Jakobsen…in the past it was more like Peter Sagan.”