Sagan starts training for season in rainbow jersey

World Champion kicks off his training and gets preventative treatment in Belgium

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Peter Sagan has started his training for the 2016 season in Belgium. The World Champion's winter schedule kicked off during his visit to Oostduinkerke in Flanders.

As well as riding he visited the Wave Health & Fitness Sports Medicine practice of Dr. Peter Lagrou and sports and rehabilitation physiotherapist Sabine Lion.

The treatments were for the prevention of injury as he looks ahead to a year in the rainbow jersey. Sagan, who was  named International Flandrien of the Year, will be back in Belgium come the spring as he targets a better performance in the Classics.

His preventative injury treatments lasted for seven days as he looks to enter the new season even stronger than before.

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"Peter has with the world and the green jersey in the Tour an excellent year behind. But during the whole season he was a regular nuisance to the knee or hip. Moreover, he had in his own words the feeling that he could not make the most of his strength during the finals of the difficult classics,"  Lagrou told Nieuwsblad in Belgium.

Following two weeks off for his honeymoon, Sagan headed to Belgium to kickstart his season with this visit.

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Jack Elton-Walters hails from the Isle of Wight, and would be quick to tell anyone that it's his favourite place to ride. He has covered a varied range of topics for Cycling Weekly, producing articles focusing on tech, professional racing as well as cycling culture. He moved on to work for Cyclist magazine in 2017.