THIS IS THE AGE OF SAGAN
Eddy Merckx was the rider of the 1970s, Bernard Hinault the rider of the 1980s, Miguel Indurain the rider of the 1990s and, well, Lance Armstrong was the rider of the 2000s. Though Mark Cavendish had a good claim on being the rider of the current decade, for the way he transformed sprinting, it looks like Peter Sagan may leave an even bigger impression on the sport in the end.
It’s not just because Sagan is winning a lot of bike races that he is the centre of attention in cycling at the moment. He’s as famous for not winning as he is for winning, with multiple near-misses throughout his career, including this season. But the manner of his racing, the pony-tailed and bearded look he has cultivated and the offbeat behaviour away from the bike all make him cycling’s number one star. His Flanders, Worlds and Tour green jersey successes are enough to make him the rider of the year but, unusually, Sagan is also the story when he doesn’t win.