Peter Sagan lays foundations of hectic Olympic year at Vuelta a San Juan

Peter Sagan at the Vuelta a San Juan 2020 pre-race press conference
(Image credit: Bettini Photo)

For men with great expectations later in the calendar, January racing is a curious proposition. A victory is always welcome, but not at all costs. Peter Sagan has made a habit of starting his season early, but in a decade of professional racing, he has scored only three wins in the first month of the year.

After placing sixth on the opening day of the Vuelta a San Juan, Sagan took fifth in the bunch sprint on stage 2 in Pocito on Tuesday. "The feelings were good, but I still need some more time to get the optimal legs," he said afterwards. No cause for concern. 

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.