It wasn’t a particularly happy return to his roots for Peter Sagan at the weekend as he crashed out of his first mountain bike race in seven years.

The road world champion was riding in his team Tinkoff colours at a race in Graz, Austria as part of his mid-season break, having come off a hard Spring Classics season which saw him take victory in the Tour of Flanders.

A former junior world champion in the discipline, Sagan’s return to the trails didn’t look to be an overly enjoyable experience for him, as he reportedly damaged his bike and suffered minor injuries in a crash during the race. He then had to walk his bike across the finish line.

Despite the day not ending quite as he might have hoped, there was still time for Sagan earlier in the day to show off some of his handling skills on the rollers as he warmed up for the race.

No words! #mosttalentedgentelman @petosagan #specialized_mtb #tinkoffteam @iamspecialized_mtb @iamspecialized_road

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Sagan is set to return to road racing action at the Tour of California in May, although he is still scheduled to take on a second MTB race in the Czech Republic on April 30, where his Tinkoff team will certainly be hoping the Slovakian makes it through unscathed.

  • Sean Evans

    I’d forgotten how boring watching XC mtb was. EWS is where it’s at now.

  • Jay

    I think it was a PR thing to begin with by Tinkoff and Specialized.

  • Bill Reilly

    I think he forgot how much more physical and technical mountain biking is over road racing… It’s like rugby compared to football!

  • Adam Beevers

    He didn’t look as if was enjoying himself from the beginning.