Bad news for Peter Sagan. The Slovakian cycling star and his brother Juraj Sagan, as well as their compatriot Erik Baska have tested positive for Covid-19, their Bora-Hansgrohe team announced on Saturday in a statement. Immediately placed in quarantine, “the three runners show mild symptoms of the disease”. The cyclists of the Bora Hansgrohe formation were in Canaria, where the German formation was in training, specified the medical director Christopher Edler. The implications of these three positive tests on Peter Sagan’s start to the season “are not yet known,” said Bora-Hansgrohe boss Ralph Denk.
Forty before tackling the first classics
A “timing that is not really ideal”, according to Ralph Denk, head of the German team less than a month away from the first classics of the 2021 cycling season. The winner of the Tour of Flanders (2016) and Paris-Roubaix (2018) must take part in the Het Nieuwsblad, in Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne then in Tirreno-Adriatico and Milan-Sanremo, but he should however be handed over by the first deadlines. Peter Sagan then awaits the next negative tests so that “we can resume our normal training program as soon as possible”, he said in the press release, before affirming “to feel good”.
The three-time world champion had a less prolific 2020 season than usual, notably failing to add an eighth green jersey to his collection on the Tour de France, during a year whose schedule was truncated by the pandemic.