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Sagan reveals contract offer from Alonso

Cycling News
December 31, 2013, 13:23,
December 31, 2013, 13:23
First Edition Cycling News, Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Peter Sagan (Cannondale) smiling at the start line

Peter Sagan (Cannondale) smiling at the start line

  • Peter Sagan (Cannondale) smiling at the start line
  • Peter Sagan with Fernando Alonso
  • Peter Sagan (Cannondale) shows off his bike skills at Gent-Wevelgem

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Sprinter wins Slovakian of the year

Peter Sagan [Cannondale] has revealed that he's had an offer from Fernando Alonso to ride for his team in 2015.

In an interview with Slovak newspaper Pravda, Sagan, who turns 24 at the end of January, says that a number of teams are looking for his signature when his current contract expires at the end of 2014. “Not only from him [Alonso],” Sagan told Pravda. “I have several offers, even from Dukla Trencin [a Slovakian continental team.]

“I am still contracted for a year. Everything is open and we'll discuss it. I'm not saying that I will go, maybe I'll stay. I'll see how it develops.” The Slovak is contracted to Cannondale until the end of the season, where he's spent his whole professional career.

The interview took place at an award ceremony where Sagan was named Slovak sportsman and cyclist [golden pedal] of the year. Sagan won more than any other rider in 2013, with 22 wins to Mark Cavendish's 19, and he also claimed his second consecutive green jersey at the Tour de France. Sagan says he is willing to sacrifice his position at the top of the winner's rankings to secure better quality victories next season.

“For me, it's not important to win 23 or 25 times, I would rather have quality wins,” Sagan said. “I would like to win in one of the most prestigious races, Milan-San Remo, the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix. If I could win one of them it would be enough, but maybe I can win two or three of them.”

Despite his impressive palmarès, Sagan is yet to win one of the monuments. He came close to success at Milan-San Remo and the Tour of Flanders in 2013, finishing second in both races. He was favourite to take the title in La Primavera, but was usurped by surprise victor Gerald Ciolek.

“I screwed Milan-San Remo up. I lost that one myself," he said of defeat in the snow-interrupted race. "It was definitely the worst conditions I've had. But even in races like that I try to remain positive. [On the bus transfer] My leg was red with the cold and a couldn't move my ankle, but I knew that it would pass. The conditions were the same for everyone, so I couldn't complain. I do not think I'm the best, I still have a lot to learn to become better.”

The Cancellara conundrum

Standing between Sagan and his ambitions will be Fabian Cancellara, who is geared up for a big season, even by his standards. Cancellara rode away from the Sagan at the Tour of Flanders, before going on to win at Paris-Roubaix a week later. While Sagan admires his rival's talents he is trying not to let the Swiss' dominance last year get to him. “First of all I have to focus on myself, before I look at others. I am not ignorant of others, but they have their own lives." Tom Boonen will also be back in action and will provide another hurdle for Sagan to jump if hopes to secure victory in one of the five monuments.

It's not just on the bike that Sagan is working on. One change he made this year was to leave his home country for the sunnier climes of Monaco, to give himself a base in central Europe. “I used to live only in hotels and I was a bit tired,” he explained. “I have had a few training days in Monaco and it suited me. I can't train in Slovakia in the winter, so I decided to make my base in Monaco. I will spend most of my time there, between races.”

Sagan will go to Cannondale's team presentation in Los Angeles in the coming days, before heading to San Luis, Argentina for his first race of the season.

FabiquesAnquetillara 9 months ago
As soon as Gilbert moved to Monaco (as he said for better training), he dropped from "rip the legs of others anytime" to "one race per season" (yes, one of them was Worlds, but still, nothing like 2011,2010 or so) As soon as Husvovd moved to Monaco (as he said for better training), he dropped from ... List can carry on. One would say Monaco is not good for cycling career. But hey, paying taxes is no fun either, so Monaco is great for training. Right. Just saying... I am no fan of Sagan, but it would be great shame if this career took Monaco coast "coasting" pattern of many others Monaco residents.
Tony M 9 months ago
I think you have a point FA. Its true of many sports stars not only cyclists.It signifies the attainment of a level of wealth at which the focus can switch from making it to preserving it. It will be sad if he doesn't reach the potential he has. The promise of battles with Boonen ,Cancellara amongst others at the Spring Classics is mouthwatering.
GuyIncognito 9 months ago
Gilbert moved to Monaco in early 2009. His sudden rise and sudden decline, just like that of many 'sudden superstars' of the past 20 years coincides exactly with the moments he started and stopped working with notorious doctor José Ibarguren at Lotto
zbranko 9 months ago
i was going to disagree but after i googled it turns out you are right an article from 2009 says he was living in monaco for almost a year i cant post the link or the comment isnt approved
FabiquesAnquetillara 9 months ago
I was wrong, I though he moved there in 2011. anyway, I still do not think moving to Monaco or similar helps sportwise, on the contrary. I hope Sagan will prove me wrong.
vassosa 9 months ago
Pelizzotti is a rising star who never came to be... lives in Monaco as well?
vassosa 9 months ago
I meant Pozzato.
blemcooper 9 months ago
They need to block these guys from competing under any nation other than the one they "live" in. I wonder how competitive the National Championship of Monaco or their Olympic team would be.
bike_boy 9 months ago
They'd punch above their weight for sure.
rocket man 9 months ago
Yeah that sounds fair, make the Australians, Americans, South Americans and Asians fly back and forth every week to race in Europe. Do you know how much a day on a plane stuffs your body up? Hears a better plan, go back under your rock.
Mondrian 9 months ago
As the Flandrians say ... If you want to win in Belgium you have to train in Belgium, feel free to replace Belgium with cobbles or cold or rain or even sun!
Brian Handy 9 months ago
Didn't Boonen win Flanders (x2) and Roubaix wile living in Monaco?
FabiquesAnquetillara 9 months ago
he was training in Belgium. He even got into troubles with belgian tax authorities, for spending too much time in Belgium in order to be counted as Monaco tax resident (not enough time in Monaco)
rhubroma 9 months ago
Hunger is an athlete's weapon, stardom and tax havens always a double-edged sword.
bianchi1885 9 months ago
True. But this 24-year-old kid is fiscally smart (or well-advised) to reduce his tax liability on his substantial earnings at such a young age ... he is one bad crash away from his cycling career ending and having to do something that probably won't earn him much, relatively speaking.
Eric Blais 9 months ago
Would we not all want to have that problem "hummmm, I am 24, should I go and live in sunny Monaco or cold Belgium"
Bizmonq 9 months ago
Not surprised about the Alonso offer. Actually the shorter list would be the teams not offering him a contract. Get out your wallet Cannondale if you want to keep him!
Joseph Dowski 9 months ago
I hope Cannondale steps up and does what is necessary to keep Sagan in green. I am also a big Contador fan and I know there's talk of him going to Alonso's team in 2015. However, it make take a couple years for a new team to really be firing on all cylinders and garnering invites to the big races, no ?
Bizmonq 9 months ago
Hmm. Contador to Alonso, Sagan to Saxo.... heard it here first!