Peter Sagan is established to return to the Classics in 2021, as perfectly as driving both of those the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France in a packed season that also capabilities the Olympic Online games and World Championships as targets.
Sagan’s 2021 timetable will hence glimpse a ton like his unique 2020 marketing campaign, before the coronavirus pandemic threw anything off monitor. He opted to adhere to his promise to experience the Giro, which means he had to pass up the spring Classics that had been rescheduled for the autumn.
In an interview with Slovakian newspaper Pravda, Bora-Hansgrohe director Jan Valach outlined the a few-time environment champion’s 2021 plans.
“We start with the spring classics, followed by the Giro, the Tour, the Olympics… These are the highlights,” he explained.
Even though this year’s significant activities, as points stand, are set to go forward as prepared, Sagan has presently had to change his options, soon after coronavirus limitations intended overseas groups weren’t allowed to the Vuelta a San Juan in Argentina.
It is unclear the place Sagan will make his first look, specified he is a stranger to the early-time European stage races. He hasn’t ridden the ‘Opening Weekend’ of the Classics in Belgium since 2017 but could ride Strade Bianche in early March right before driving Tirreno-Adriatico as preparing for the main Classics time period, commencing with Milan-San Remo on March 20, adopted by the cobbled Classics as a result of to Paris-Roubaix on April 11.
Whatsoever he chooses, he will have to carefully strategy his preparing, specified the Giro starts on Might 8. There are just underneath four months concerning the Giro and Tour, while the Olympic street race on the hilly Tokyo program is a lot less than a week after the Tour’s ultimate phase in Paris.
“Peter is the kind of rider who can withstand a lot more load, profit from it, it won’t tire him and he gets greater and far better,” mentioned Valach, who also insisted they were not involved about the rumoured quarantine prerequisites for riders arriving in Tokyo.
If he has anything at all still left in the tank, Sagan will then re-established and set his sights on a fourth rainbow jersey, with the Worlds taking area in Flanders on September 26. The route should really accommodate the cobbles experts and, irrespective of missing individuals races final calendar year, they are established to be central to Sagan’s ambitions in the following pair of years.
“I see the place specially in the Classics. We talked about it numerous situations. He is the excellent age for them,” Valach explained to Pravda.
“Peter still has a significant overall performance and if we acquire into account the essential working experience, he can apply in them, he can be profitable probably even in his 40s. This will be his principal platform in the coming seasons. We are operating on it in the upcoming, and I am also very a great deal searching forward to it.”
Sagan endured a prolonged barren spell in 2020, and missed out on the factors jerseys at both equally the Tour and Giro, but ended up dismissing any discuss of a drop in his profession with a scintillating solo phase gain at the Giro.
“Of program, it will be important how he retains his psychological electrical power, or no matter if he enjoys it in any case,” added Valach. “He is a fighter and can still claim victories, especially in the typical stages, but also in the sprint stages, if the predicament is optimal in the close.”
Sagan is at present instruction with his Bora-Hangrohe teammates at Lake Garda, and afterwards will journey to a lesser teaching camp in the Canary Islands.