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Insouciant Sagan leaves Paris-Roubaix result in the hands of the Fates

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Peter Sagan and the Tinkov team recon the Roubaix pave

Peter Sagan and the Tinkov team recon the Roubaix pave (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Peter Sagan in full concentration mode during the recon

Peter Sagan in full concentration mode during the recon (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Peter Sagan takes a corner during the recon

Peter Sagan takes a corner during the recon (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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A Peter Sagan and Tinkoff recon is always going to be a popular affiar

A Peter Sagan and Tinkoff recon is always going to be a popular affiar (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Peter Sagan rides the pave

Peter Sagan rides the pave (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)

Such is his current stardom Peter Sagan cannot go anywhere or do anything without a fuss.

As he stops for a comfort break after coming out of the Arenberg Forest on Tinkoff's Paris-Roubaix recon ride on Friday, he can barely get his bib shorts back up before an opportunistic fan gets in position for a selfie.

It was the same just an hour or so earlier when the Tinkoff bus pulled into an anonymous supermarket car park in the small French town of Denain, and the world champion stepped off and straight into the centre of a media scrum.

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Deputy Editor - Europe. Patrick is an NCTJ-trained journalist who has seven years’ experience covering professional cycling. He has a modern languages degree from Durham University and has been able to put it to some use in what is a multi-lingual sport, with a particular focus on French and Spanish-speaking riders. After joining Cyclingnews as a staff writer on the back of work experience, Patrick became Features Editor in 2018 and oversaw significant growth in the site’s long-form and in-depth output. Since 2021 he has been Deputy Editor - Europe, taking more responsibility for the site’s content as a whole, while still writing and - despite a pandemic-induced hiatus - travelling to races around the world. Away from cycling, Patrick spends most of his time playing or watching other forms of sport - football, tennis, trail running, darts, to name a few, but he draws the line at rugby.