Peter Sagan may have won the Tour de France points classification seven times, but the Bora-Hansgrohe superstar does not guarantee he will return for eighth place this summer.
Speaking in a group call with reporters on Sunday, Sagan suggested his prize for 2021 could be a rainbow jersey or an Olympic medal rather than another green jersey for his collection.
“We’ll have to see what my program is,” Sagan replied when asked about his ambitions for the Tour de France. “I have a program from now until the classics. After that, we’ll have to see what I’m going to do and we’ll see. We will decide. It’s a very important year with the Olympics and the World Championships which could be good.
Bora-Hansgrohe manager Ján Valach said this week that Sagan will start both the Tour and the Giro d’Italia this season. However, as far as Sagan is concerned, the only thing that is set in stone is his focus on the Toyko Games and the World Championships, which will take place in the heart of Flanders.
While the mountainous Olympic road race may contain too much climb for Sagan, the event is indelibly inked on his schedule after he missed his chance in Rio while playing on a start in the event. mountain bike. Likewise, having escaped the overly hilly worlds of Imola last year, Sagan is prioritizing the fight in the Bergs for the rainbow jersey in September.
Sagan hinted that a busy end of summer could come at the expense of potential Giro or Tour starts.
“The schedule is not certain. We will see what will happen, ”he said. “Today, a lot of races are not yet scheduled. We will see how we will manage this year. It will take time to program and plan everything. ”
Sagan’s season is expected to be booked by two cobblestone summits – first on the stones of Flanders and Roubaix in April, and five months later, in the world title race.
For now, drawing a line between the cobblestones of spring and the cobblestones of September via the mountains of Tokyo remains a work in progress.