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What happened when Peter Sagan met the Pope? He gave him a bike

Joe Robinson
24 Jan 2018

Peter Sagan meets the Pope and gifts him a custom Specialized and signed World Champion jersey

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) met the Pope in the Vatican City and as can always be expected with the enigmatic Slovak, it was an eventful occasion.

On meeting Pope Francis, the three time World Champion gifted the leader of the Catholic Church his own customised Specialized Venge.

The special bike was painted in gold and white to symbolise the flag of the Vatican City. On the downtube was also the coat of arms of the Vatican City.

Before presenting his holiness with the bike, Sagan also presented an autographed World Champions jersey that had been customised with the name Francesco across the back.

Taking time off from his early season race schedule, the five-time winner of the Tour de France green jersey attended the Pope's general audience meeting in St Peter's Square.

While meeting Pope Francis, Sagan may have taken the time to ask for some divine help ahead of his upcoming Classics campaign.

Bad luck and bad judgement caused Sagan to come away largely empty handed in 2017, only managing to claim victory at Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne

This is of course not the first time in which the Catholic Church and cycling have become intertwined.

In 2000, ahead of the Giro d'Italia, Pope John Paul II hosted an audience with the late Marco Pantani and the great Eddy Merckx.

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