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Road superstar Peter Sagan to race this year's e-MTB Worlds in Les Gets

Peter Sagan at the 68th Circuit Cycliste Sarthe - Pays de la Loire 2022 - Stage 2
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The 32 year old Slovakian has announced that he intends to take to the start line of the 2022 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships to race the electric mountain bike competition. Peter Sagan returned from the Tour de France empty handed after coming back from a torrid and disrupted start to his 2022 road race campaign due to a third bout of Covid.

Sagan, a three-time road world champion, who is widely regarded as a great all-round cyclist and one of the world's most powerful riders, will return to Europe after a brief training camp at altitude before the e-MTB competition starts on August 26th. It sounds like Sagan is looking forward to the event. ‘It will be a party,’ he said when chatting to La Gazzetta Dello Sport earlier this week.  

After beginning his career in XC racing, the TotalEnergies racer is still known for slipping off his road shoes and going back to his roots in dirt. He has competed in cyclocross events in the past and in June he took on the grit of the 100-mile Unbound Gravel race in Kansas.

Peter Sagan at 109th Tour de France 2022 - Stage 12

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With 13 Tour de France stage wins to his name and topping the green jersey points competition on seven occasions, there is no denying the man has serious talent. Talking to La Gazzetta, the Specialized rider played down his chances suggesting that he is entering more to appease his sponsors. “I won’t be able to be competitive and I’m not going for that.” However, we're sure that given his form and the opportunity this summer, Sagan will look to add another rainbow jersey in a different discipline to his already huge list of accolades. 

The Mountain Bike World Championships take place between August 24th to 28th, with the e-MTB races alongside the Olympic Cross-Country and Relay Cross-Country (XCO and XCR), the Short Track Cross Country (XCC) and the Downhill events.

Dean Hersey
Dean Hersey

 

Dean is a freelance cycling journalist and a self-confessed pedal addict based in Dorset, who's fortunate to have the New Forest National Park and the Isle of Purbeck on his doorstep. Not confined to his local spots, riding bikes has meant Dean has been fortunate to travel the world in search of the best trails. From summers spent in the Alps to exploring iconic locations such as Scotland, Aosta Valley, the Pyrenees, Finale Ligure, New Zealand and Whistler to name a few. Over the years he has dabbled in racing DH and enduro to XC. More recently Dean has been exploring the UK with his gravel bike and loves a bikepacking trip. As passionate about writing as much as his riding, by recapturing his adventures through his stories and sharing his own experiences of products by writing technical reviews, he's also a regular contributor for Singletrack and Grit CX.

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