Three-time road racing world champion Peter Sagan has admitted he would choose the Tour de France over the Tokyo 2020 Olympics – if quarantine rules force him to make the difficult decision.
This year’s Tour de France will run from June 26 to July 18, five days before the start of the rescheduled Olympics.
But, according to reports, athletes could be asked to self-isolate for two weeks in the Japanese capital ahead of the Games.
If this quarantine period were to be implemented, the riders – including Sagan – could be forced to choose between the Tour de France and the Olympics.
However, the Slovakian hopes the coronavirus vaccinations will allow athletes to compete in both.
“If we have to decide now, I will definitely go for the green jersey,” Sagan said, according to Cycling news.
“But nobody knows what’s going to happen.
“We might have to be in Japan two weeks before, but with a vaccination there might be different rules, we still don’t know.
“We will see what will happen in the next five months. ”
Sagan won three successive titles at the Union Cycliste Internationale Road World Championships in 2015, 2016 and 2017.
He also won the European Road Cycling Championships in 2016, as well as a record seven green jerseys for the Tour de France points classification.
But the 30-year-old is yet to achieve Olympic success as he finished 34th in the London 2012 road race before a premature puncture ended his chances of winning a medal in the competition. mountain bike tour in Rio 2016.
With Tokyo 2020 postponed to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic, Sagan is now preparing for a busy year that also includes the Giro d’Italia and the world championships.
“We’ll have to see what the schedule will be,” Sagan said.
“For now, I have a program going up to the Classics.
“After that, we have to see what I’m going to do.
“We have to decide, because it’s a very important year with the Olympic Games and the World Championships which could be good.
“We will see how we are going to manage this year.
“I think we still need time to plan everything. ”