How Peter Sagan's coach helped to unlock the world champion's amazing talent

How do you improve a talent as formidable and all-conquering as Peter Sagan? Nick Busca asks the Slovak sensation’s coach, Patxi Vila

Patxi Vila and Pete Sagan

Patxi Vila Errandonea, 42, is the sports director and coach for the Bora-Hansgrohe pro cycling team. Since 2015, he has been personally responsible for setting Peter Sagan’s training schedule. Vila has been credited as the man responsible for fully unlocking the Slovak’s phenomenal talent.

Consider the evidence: since he began working with Vila, Sagan has won three World Championships (2015, 2016 and 2017), two green jerseys at the Tour de France, the Tour of Flanders (2016) and many, many other races.

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Nick Busca is a freelance cycling and triathlon journalist. He is also a certified triathlon coach and personal trainer.