Peter Sagan will be appearing on envelopes all over his native Slovakia after his world championships win has been commemorated by a postage stamp.
The €1 stamp depicts Sagan in his rainbow jersey and holding up his gold medal from the 2015 Richmond Road World Championships. The stamp is officially issued today, Thursday April 21.
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The smiling image of Sagan against a bright green and yellow background was created by Slovak cartoon artist Jozef Gertli Danglár. According to Postove Znamky, the stamp has been printed in a limited run of 300,000.
The statement accompanying the release of the stamp says: “Peter Sagan is not only a great athlete, but also a fair guy with a big heart and a big smile, who did not hesitate to help and have fun, because he knows that is not only victories that are important.
“He became a great role model and inspiration for children and adults, a prime fighter, which shows that you have to be consistent to work through obstacles, but always fairly.”
Sagan was a big star in Slovakia even before his world championship win and this year’s victories in the Tour of Flanders and Ghent-Wevelgem.
Sagan told Cycling Weekly last year that his “private life is almost nonexistent because everyone knows me there.”
Now that Sagan’s spring classics campaign has drawn to a successful conclusion, he will turn his attention towards defending his Tour of California victory from last year over May 15-22. Then it will be on to the Tour de France in July and contesting the Olympic Games road race in Rio in August.