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Peter Sagan to skip Roubaix and Flanders in favour of Giro d'Italia

Joe Robinson
28 May 2020

Slovakian press believe Sagan will keep his Giro d'Italia debut promise, sacrificing Spring Classics

Triple World Champion Peter Sagan could be set to snub Paris-Roubaix and Tour of Flanders in order to keep to his promise of racing the Giro d'Italia.

Reports in the Slovakian press are suggesting that Sagan will start his revised season by targetting Milan-San Remo on Saturday 8th August before turning his attention to the Tour de France - now scheduled for 29th August to 20th September - and the Giro, which is set for 3rd to 25th October.

However, with the revised UCI racing schedule now seeing the Italian Grand Tour clashing with the rescheduled Spring Classics, the Bora-Hansgrohe rider would have to skip the cobbled Monuments as well as the Ardennes Classics.

As things stand, the Tour of Flanders will take place on 18th October and Paris-Roubaix on 25th October.

Sagan is yet to confirm his revised full race schedule, however he has already told fans that he will target Milan-San Remo and the Tour via a message on his Instagram page.

Last year, the Slovakian had announced that he would make his debut at the Giro in 2020 with the Grand Depart having been scheduled to take place in Budapest, Hungary, a neighbouring country of his home Slovakia.

While plans for the start in Hungary are no longer possible for 2020, the participation of Sagan, arguably cycling's most valuable rider, still seems to be in place.

A decision to double up on both the Tour and Giro would also see Sagan race 42 Grand Tour stages in just 58 days, with only 13 days of recovery between the three-week races.

Meanwhile, Sagan's Bora-Hansgrohe team has already laid out plans for its first team training camp since the coronavirus pandemic locked down bike racing in March.

The team plans on travelling for an altitude camp in the Ötztal region of Austria for mid-June. This will give riders access to roads such as the Timmelsjoch and Ötztal Glacier Road, both of which are over 2,500m of elevation.

With travel to traditional training camps on the Spanish island of Tenerife or in California still bound by restrictions, teams are racing to find high-altitude alternatives for their riders to use before a return to WorldTour racing in August.

Bora-Hansgrohe team managed Ralph Denk believes the Ötztal region can offer the perfect alternative. 'We have two months to prepare for our first races, so the training camp is ideal and everyone is very motivated,' he said.

'We have perfect conditions, both at altitude and in the valley. Therefore we can offer tailored programs for our athletes, so that they’ll all be able to return to top form in August.'