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Peter Sagan planning to make Giro d'Italia debut in 2020

Joe Robinson
23 Oct 2019

Slovakian looks set to make first appearance at Italian Grand Tour paving way for Sam Bennett to ride Tour de France

Peter Sagan looks set to make his Giro d'Italia debut in 2020, potentially paving the way for Sam Bennett to race the Tour de France for Bora-Hansgrohe next season.

It was confirmed earlier in the week by race organiser RCS that three-time World Champion Sagan would be in attendance at the Giro's route presentation in Milan this Thursday afternoon.

This raised speculation around Sagan making his first appearance at the Italian Grand Tour. This speculation seems to be all but confirmed with the rider himself tweeting on Wednesday morning: 'Hey you! Something important will be announced tomorrow'.

Riding the Giro would be a career first for the Slovakian. With the race coming in May, Sagan has often skipped the Giro as it comes too close to the Spring Classics season that ends in early April.

Furthermore, Sagan has been a staple at the Tour de France which races in July, having competed at the race every year since 2012. With Sagan now looking certain to be riding the Giro in 2020, several potential knock-on effects could occur from this decision.

Firstly, it would give the 29-year-old the chance to complete the set of Grand Tour stage wins having already taken 12 Tour and six Vuelta a Espana wins.

Secondly, it would blow open competition for the green jersey at the Tour, a competition Sagan has dominantly in seven of the last eight editions - his only blemish being the disqualification he was handed in 2017.

Lastly, it could mean that fellow Bora-Hansgrohe sprinter Bennett could be offered a start at the Tour in 2020. The Irishman was overlooked for the Giro instead of Pascal Ackermann and Tour instead of Sagan this season and was forced into settling for a ride at the Vuelta.

While Bennett would still have to earn selection over Ackermann next July, Sagan's decision to race the Giro could make the path a little smoother.

This is also assuming that Bennett will ride for the German team come next season. The two parties have been at loggerheads over a contract dispute for the latter half of 2019.

Bora-Hansgrohe argue that Bennett agreed upon a contract extension for 2020 while the rider is looking to seek a ride elsewhere in order to gain racing opportunities at more races.

The 2020 Giro d'Italia will begin on Saturday 9th May in the Hungarian city of Budapest.