Peter Sagan has knee surgery following Tour de France departure

LANDERNEAU FRANCE JUNE 26 Peter Sagan of Slovakia and Team BORA Hansgrohe during the 108th Tour de France 2021 Stage 1 a 1978km stage from Brest to Landerneau Cte De La Fosse Aux Loups 176m LeTour TDF2021 on June 26 2021 in Landerneau France Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
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Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) has undergone successful surgery near his home in Monaco after the rider's knee became infected following his Tour de France abandon. 

The three-time world champion crashed on stage 3 and left the race ahead of stage 12 to Nîmes. His knee was injured after it was hit by a chainring during the crash.

"First of all, I'd like to thank the Bora-Hansgrohe management, the team's doctors, and in particular our Head Doctor, Christopher Edler, for their support and guidance since my crash on stage 3," Sagan said in a statement released by his team on Monday's second rest day at the Tour de France.

"Secondly, I'm so grateful for all the get-well messages that I received from my teammates, friends, and fans from all over the world. They are greatly appreciated. On stage 3, the chainring hit my knee and entered the skin above the patella, leaving a deep wound.

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Daniel Benson

Daniel Benson was the Editor in Chief at between 2008 and 2022. Based in the UK, he joined the Cyclingnews team in 2008 as the site's first UK-based Managing Editor. In that time, he reported on over a dozen editions of the Tour de France, several World Championships, the Tour Down Under, Spring Classics, and the London 2012 Olympic Games. With the help of the excellent editorial team, he ran the coverage on Cyclingnews and has interviewed leading figures in the sport including UCI Presidents and Tour de France winners.