Sagan de­flated af­ter Rio punc­ture

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Peter Sagan’s hopes for a gold medal in the moun­tain bike race at the Olympic Games de­flated last Sun­day, as the world road race cham­pion suf­fered a punc­ture that put him out of con­tention.

The Slo­vak, who was the ju­nior moun­tain bike world cham­pion in 2008, chose to skip the road race at Rio for the MTB event. De­spite be­ing po­si­tioned at the back of the field on his own, af­ter scor­ing no qual­i­fi­ca­tion points for the event, he had a re­mark­ably fast start. He ma­noeu­vred him­self through the mass of other riders into the top three on the first lap, but got a front wheel punc­ture at the start of the sec­ond. As he had al­ready passed the pit zone, he was forced to com­plete al­most the en­tire lap with the flat tyre.

Af­ter car­ry­ing his bike up and down some of the sec­tions, Sagan even­tu­ally pulled out of the race, won by Swiss rider Nino Schurter.

Brazil­ian cyclist dis­qual­i­fied from Olympics for EPO pos­i­tive

A Brazil­ian cyclist who tested pos­i­tive for EPO CERA in the week be­fore the Rio Olympics road race has ac­cepted his sus­pen­sion on a vol­un­tary ba­sis.

Kle­ber Da Silva Ramos tested pos­i­tive for the banned sub­stance on July 31 but took part in the road race, though he failed to fin­ish. The UCI will now de­cide the full length of his sus­pen­sion. The 30-year-old is cur­rently registered with the Brazil­ian Pro Con­ti­nen­tal team Fun­vic Brasil­in­vest-são José dos Campos team; his most no­table re­sult was when he won a stage of the Tour de San Luis in 2015.

Van Vleuten re­turns to rid­ing

Dutch­woman An­namiek van Vleuten is back rid­ing her bike, af­ter a hard crash dur­ing the women’s road race at the Rio Olympics on Au­gust 7 when she was in the lead.

The 33-year-old came down on the race’s fi­nal de­scent and es­caped with con­cus­sion, spinal frac­tures and mi­nor cuts and bruises, de­spite com­ing down hard in the crash. She posted her first ride on Strava since the ac­ci­dent and also said “her head and back were OK”.

Sagan’s medal bid fell flat

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