The Bora-Hansgrohe star has remained almost anonymous during this year’s race since his heavy crash with Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) on the third leg of the race where he was injured.Sagan has had three top ten in the race so far, but no better than fifth. Usually you’d expect him to go into intermediate sprints and really challenge pure sprinters on the more hilly stages, but he just didn’t get in shape.
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An hour before the start of stage 12, Sagan spoke to the press where he announced that he would be leaving the race after suffering from pain caused by bursitis. He had fought there, but no stage victory or good place in the classification of the green jersey led to his choosing to retire.
“It’s not very pleasant to leave,” Sagan told the media. “The injury I got after the first leg seemed to be getting better and better, but I hit the knee against the handlebars again two days ago in the sprint and it swelled. I can’t bend my leg. “
“There is nothing I can do but rest and get better. If you can’t move your leg, where can you go?
Sagan has confirmed that he will now focus on the Olympics in Japan, although the course is not the one suitable for the former world champion.
The news also comes after reports suggest that Sagan will sign for the French UCI ProTeam, the TotalEnergies team for the 2022 season after completing the Tour. So we may have some news on this sooner than expected.