I’m not Sagan, I’m Kubis. You will hear more about me – Summer Olympics 2020 (Tokyo) – Sports

He can spell, conquer the hills and set a time trial. He has made considerable progress in recent years and is rising in the international ranking of young cyclists.


Lukáš Kubiš and Peter Sagan at the joint MSR and MČR in road cycling 2021.

At the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Lukáš Kubiš (21) has a challenging task ahead of him. As a substitute for the injured Petr Sagan, he not only completes races with a mass start under five laps, but also a time trial. In particular, he has bold ambitions in it.

“I would like to finish in the top 30. It will be difficult, but I believe, “says a member of Dukla Banská Bystrica.

The Olympics begin with an opening ceremony on Friday. Are you looking forward to the celebration?

I would, but I will not participate. We are already competing on Saturday. It will be more important to sleep better than to spend time in the stadium. I’m sorry, because there is definitely a great show waiting for the athletes. However, the race is more important.

Will you be able to acclimatize by then?

We flew to Tokyo on Sunday. I competed in South America or Africa, I have experience with longer transfers and time shifts. My body tolerates them quite well, I have always been able to adapt quickly to the new environment.

Will the young cyclist’s knees shake when he stands at the start in the company of world stars?

I have nothing to fear, because I don’t know three quarters of the opponents (smile). I am not one of the cyclists who will last six hours to watch the Tour de France stage. I’ll look at the last five to ten minutes. I’m not studying the competition, I’m concentrating on myself. I know that Pogačar, Van Aert or Dumoulin will come. I have not yet competed in such a well-attended event. I look forward to it.

Photo: TASR, Pavol Zachar

Lukáš Kubiš Lukáš Kubiš before leaving for Tokyo.

Distance 230 km, almost 4900 meters climbed. Have you ever completed a similarly demanding race?

I was in bigger hills and in longer races. But this is the first time I will go with such a combination. The profile is clear, we are waiting for the track up and down. Mount Fuji, a steep climb before entering the car circuit. We also adapted the training to this. A similar hill as Mikuni, which will be the last on the program 30 kilometers before the finish, is also in our country – Šachtičky near Bystrica. In the last weeks before departure, I completed it so many times that I no longer enjoyed it. But if it is to help me get a good result, I will not regret a single meter.

Many say it will be a success if you finish the race. Is it minimal ambition or are you aiming higher?

I am an athlete and I go to every race with the proviso that I want to win. Completion is not the goal for me. A real-minded person knows that I probably won’t be able to win. But it will also not be a success for me if I just reach the finish line. I want to compete for the best possible result. I can consider it a success if I am satisfied with myself.

Juraj Sagan will also present himself in the mass start race. Can you help yourself on the track even though there are only two of you?

There are certain ways, but they are severely limited. The Olympic races are not like stages, where a team of seven or eight works together. Stronger cycling countries will have four or five riders, they can afford to send one by water and help the others. Juraj and I have to make do in pairs.

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In the time trial, it will be just you against the chronometer, what do you dare in it?

I would like to end up in my elite 30. It may be a bold plan, but I believe it. The time trial also has an unpleasant hill in the itinerary. It is not long, rather classic. In the descent, it must be expanded and the ascent “sprinted”.

Do you also take the Olympic participation as an opportunity to show up?

Unequivocally. Two performances await me, I want to give the best possible performances. If that’s enough to get me from the top league managers, I’ll be happy. However, if you drive bigger and more important competitions, then you are easier to shift in performance. I like to say that the best training for me is racing. They move me forward more than training rides.

Peter Sagan graduated from the Olympic premiere in London 2012, did you register him then?

At all. I was 12 years old and I didn’t plan on ever becoming a cyclist. But I remember that once a peloton of races Around Slovakia pushed through our village. It never occurred to me that one day I would be a regular part of it. I started riding in the saddle when I was 16 years old, I was inspired by my older brother. I finished cross-country skiing and mountain biking. At first, the road didn’t appeal to me at all, it bored me. Riding in the mountains was more action-packed, more adrenaline. I changed my mind later and now I don’t want to do anything but drive on the road.

Is it difficult for young Slovaks to compete in the Sagan era?

Sometimes yes. Sometimes you hear that you will never be as good as a three-time world champion. I don’t take it that way. I’m not Sagan, I’m Kubis. You will hear more about me and then you will see (smile).

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You do not lack self-confidence, it is not a common phenomenon in Slovak athletes…

There must be healthy arrogance, without it the athlete will not fight his way to the highest levels. On the other hand, I’m not exaggerating. I know where my place is, but I’m trying to go higher.

What percentage of a good cyclist is talent and how much is hard work in training?

We are all the same as humans. Some have a different genetic predisposition, but otherwise we are the same. I think it’s all about training. Everyone has the same opportunities to achieve what someone has already won before them and maybe something extra.

You have developed into one of the best home universals. What are you most at home?

I don’t know and I don’t want to check in. I’m still young, I have everything in front of me. I adore sprints, I can have fun in them. I can cross hills, and set a time trial. Time will tell what will be my strongest discipline.

The Tour de France has recently ended, would you dare once for a three-week race?

Participation in the Old Lady remains one of my goals. I will do everything so that I can start on it once and please Slovak fans.

Source: Pravda.sk – Šport – Futbal – Hokej by sport.pravda.sk.

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