“He was a great all-rounder and won from spring to autumn on almost all terrains,” describes Raboň, thirty-three years old from Žilina.
Even though Peter Sagan has only won five World Tour races in the last four years, Rabona says his previous phenomenal performances in the professional peloton have built him a huge reputation with fans and rivals alike.
“They paid tribute to him. Geraint Thomas spoke about him saying we thank him a lot for the way he changed cycling. Even though he just opened the door for all the van Aerts, van der Poels and Alaphilipps“, mentions some of the global names that Peter Sagan has faced during his 13-year professional career.
“A lot of people attribute this combative style of attack to the way Peter Sagan ran,” he adds.
The results themselves speak to its cycling versatility. In addition to seven victories in the battle for the green jersey of the Tour de France, he also has a triumph on two legendary monuments.
During the 2016 season, he won the Tour of Flanders, and two years later Paris-Roubaix. However, he then made an indelible mark in history thanks to his third world champion title between 2015 and 2017.
“He changed cycling”
“He faced enormous obstacles, such as teams of eight or nine men made up of Italians, French, Germans and other great powers. Winning the world title three times in a row is something absolutely unheard of. I would prefer to focus on that at the end of his career,” says Raboň.
“He changed cycling, attracted new sponsors and showed that it doesn’t have to be perfect according to a plan. He really had fun on that bike and he’s still having fun,” he adds.
In connection with Peter Sagan’s other sporting challenges, the most mentioned is cross-country mountain biking and his possible qualification for the Paris Olympic Games.
Nevertheless, František Raboň sees his future elsewhere: “I think he is more likely to end up in bullfighting marathons.” The gravel discipline is also extremely popular at the moment, and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if, for example, he wore the world champion’s rainbow jersey next year.”
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