Procycling met with Sagan this summer, in one of the increasingly rare exclusive interviews the 28-year-old gives, in the middle of a season where he won a long-awaited Paris-Roubaix title and a record-equalling sixth green jersey at the Tour de France.
But beneath all the jokes, the bike trickery and the videos posted, Sagan is becoming ever more elusive, almost in equal trajectory to his increasing fame.
As well as discussing his Bora-Hansgrohe team, which was set up almost entirely around him, and his love of America, Sagan gives a glimpse to Procycling‘s deputy editor Sam Dansie of the pressure he lives under in the spotlight.
“Now with all the travelling and races I don’t even know where I am,” he says. “I stay in a hotel and I don’t know if it’s Belgium or America or France. It’s too much.”
In this month’s Retro, William Fotheringham rewinds to 1983 when Greg LeMond, then a bright, young, upcoming star of the peloton, won his debut road world title. Then just 22, the victory confirmed the American as one of the big future prospects in the sport — indeed he would go on to win the Tour de France three times and the rainbow jersey again six years later. But the win was not without its struggles first, including in-fighting in the American team and LeMond suffering repeated crises of confidence.
Plus, all the regular features and analysis from the last month of racing, the latest products in cycling and an update from our diarists Dan Martin, Dylan Teuns, Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig and Steve Cummings.
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