On Sunday a climb to Slače, a week’s mountain finish on the iconic Mur-de-Bretagne.
Peter Sagan has six Slovak champion titles in his collection. So far, the last one was won in Pilsen in 2018.
Peter Sagan will complete the general at the upcoming Tour de France, which will start on June 26 in Brest, at home. At the end of the week, he will arrive in Bánovce nad Bebravou, where he will stand at the start of the joint championships of Slovakia and the Czech Republic.
Last year’s situation with the pandemic caused Sagan to be missing from the championship. His older brother Juraj, who defended his title from Trnava in 2019, won. It is assumed that the three-time world champion will work for a sibling again.
Sunday’s elite race will take place on a 32.5 km long circuit with a start and finish in Bánovce. The itinerary includes crossings through Dežerice, Bobot or Timoradza. Riders complete the circuit seven times with a total length of 228 km.
“For home fans, this is a unique chance to see Peter in action. They will see him in action several times on the attractive circuit. We believe that many people come to see cycling in sunny weather, “wishes Veronika Palušová from the organizing committee of the championship.
The Tour is approaching and Saganmania in Slovakia is growing. However, fans will not see autograph sessions or joint photography. Although the pandemic situation is improving, cyclists are careful.
“Many are preparing for big races, including the Tour and the Olympics. They still work in the bubble and must eliminate the risk of infection as much as possible. Nevertheless, we have prepared a number of accompanying events for the fans, “invites Palušová.
In addition to the Saganov brothers and their teammate from the Bora-Hansgrohe team, Erik Baška, the home team will be led by the drivers of Dukla Banská Bystrica. Zdeněk Štybar, Roman Kreuziger, Petr Vakoč and Josef Černý, as well as the elite stable Elkov-Kasper are also registered from the Czech side.
“It will probably be a very tactical race. They are quite long, on the other hand, they will mostly be flat. I believe it will blow and we can try something in the crosswind.
Otherwise, we will probably see a mass spurt, “predicts two-time Czech champion Stybar.
Continuation in Bor?
Sagan arrives in Bánovce with a fresh seat on the Tour. Although there has been speculation that Bory would be missing from the nomination, there is no surprise. Old Lady 2021 will be the twelfth Grand Tour of his career.
Although he was not one of the biggest favorites at the beginning of the season, his chances of a valuable double increased. The opponents of the recent winner of the scoring at the Giro d’Italia are either injured (Sam Bennett) or out of shape (Fernando Gaviria, Elia Viviani).
The group of direct rivals thus narrowed to a quartet of Caleb Ewan, Arnaud Démare, Wout van Aert and Mathieu van der Poel.
Ralph Denk was predicted to make a surprising decision in the nomination and boss Bory did not disappoint. He left at home the German darling Pascal Ackermann, who did not even have enough improved performances around Belgium. The spurt star squeaked offended.Read more The Germans indicated that Sagan would stay. Denk didn’t keep his word, Ackermann thunders
“I have always considered Ralph a man of my word. I was wrong. I am very disappointed. He promised to send me on the Tour.
If I had known, I would not have extended my contract years ago, “the Gire 2019 scoring winner is angry.
According to ARD television, Sagan’s participation in France in the Bory jersey indicates the continuation of cooperation.
After the season, Žilina’s contract ends, and other teams also showed interest. Needless to say, a successful performance on the Tour would increase its price even more.
M-SR and CR program
Thursday – time trial: juniors, women, juniors (8.30), U23, men elite (15.30), Saturday – mass start races: juniors, women (9.00), juniors (15.30), Sunday – Mass start race: men elite (10.30).
Source: Pravda.sk – Šport – Futbal – Hokej by sport.pravda.sk.
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