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Peter Sagan to begin Classics at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

Joe Robinson
12 Dec 2019

Former World Champion wants to make up for barren 2019 season

Peter Sagan will warm up his Spring Classics legs in 2020 by racing othe pening weekend at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. After opening his season at the Vuelta a San Juan in Argentina, Sagan will then head to Europe to race Omloop on 29th February as preparation for the Monuments of Milan-San Remo, the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix later in the Spring.

Currently on a Bora-Hansgrohe training camp in Mallorca, Sagan will skip his usual season start at the Tour Down Under in order to focus on the Classics earlier.

He will also be looking to make amends on a barren 2019 Classics season that saw him finish off of the podium in San Remo, Flanders and Roubaix.

Last year was his first season since 2015 in which he failed to podium at one of the first three Monuments of the season nor win a one-day race in spring.

The Slovakian will return to Omloop for the first time since 2017, in which he finished second behind Greg Van Avermaet.

And while he will want to replicate the form of 2017, he will likely want to avoid victory as winning on opening Classics weekend and then going on to win Flanders or Roubaix tends to be extremely rare.

In fact, the only two winners to double up this century are Van Avermaet in 2017 and Johan Museeuw in 2000, both winning Roubaix after Omloop.

Many claim that the five-week gap between opening and closing week is too long to maintain race-winning form.

So for Sagan, the best scenario could be another second-place finish in the semi-Classic like he did 2017 and in 2016, the year of his first Monument win at the Tour of Flanders.