Sagan deflated after Rio puncture
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