Peter Sagan 'proud and ready' for Olympic mountain bike race

Road race world champion Peter Sagan returns to his off-road roots, contesting the cross-country mountain bike event in Rio 2016

Peter Sagan mountain biking. Credit: Tinkoff

Peter Sagan says that he is 'ready for the challenge' of tackling the cross-country mountain bike event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, representing his home nation of Slovakia.

The road race world champion caused widespread surprise when he announced that he would not be taking part in the Olympic road race, but would instead contest the off-road discipline.

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Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, an exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.