The world champion will compete in two events ahead of a return to road racing at the Tour of California in May

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Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) will make a return to where it all started for him in the coming weeks, by taking part in two mountain bike events.

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The road world champion is currently on a bit of downtime after a successful Classics campaign that saw him take victory in the Ghent-Wevelgem and Tour of Flanders, but will have a go at a couple of off-road racing in events in Austria and the Czech Republic before focussing back on the road.

Sagan, who has shown off his pretty decent bike handling skills in road races in the past, won a junior mountain bike world championship title in 2008 as an 18-year-old and will be hoping to recapture some of that old talent in the upcoming events.

“It’s going to be good fun returning to my roots, racing mountain bikes again and I look forward to seeing what shape I will be in at those races,” Sagan said.ba8562f9-e904-409a-a7d8-f920f498874a

“I’m pleased with how my season has gone so far. My victories at Ghent-Wevelgem and Ronde van Vlaanderen take the pressure off now, so I hope that I can go off-road and be able to compete at the front, like I do on the road. I’d like to thank the team and our sponsors for helping me make this opportunity possible.”

The Slovakian will be racing on a Specialized S-Works Epic for the races, and while Tinkoff have said they look forward to an opportunity to show of their colours in a different discipline, they’ll surely just be hoping one of they’re most prized assets will come out of the whole thing unscathed.

  • Kristi InPink

    24. 4. Grazer Bike XCO Austria and 30.4. Strabag MTB Cup XCO Teplice Czech Republic. Both events are C1 category and add points to UCI MTB rankings.

  • Adam Beevers

    Anyone know which events they are? Doesn’t look like they will be the world cup. I’d love to see him against schurtur.

  • lee

    And your point is ?

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  • Pep R

    i predict a top 10 finish if he was to compete at the highest level

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  • John

    If you don’t know the difference between “Their” and “They’re” then you should probably ask yourself if you should be writing professionally. Please correct it.

  • Mass Independent

    Of course, Sagan has shown that way off road riders become excellent road riders too : ) I’ve been off the mountain bike for many years (because I totally trashed it) and look forward to get back on this year, mainly because I want to ride without the dangers of the road (cars and trucks). Too old for a hit.

  • Mass Independent

    A great idea, keep the bike handling skills up. Stybar has shown that high level off road guys become excellent classic riders. Look forward to his results–and wheelies.