Peter Sagan will cross codes at the Olympic Games in August, trading his spot in the road race for a chance to win a medal in mountain biking.
In May it was reported that the Slovakian federation had requested a wildcard place be given to Sagan if some countries did not fill their allocations of places for the mountain biking, but now he has been selected outright for the event.
According to the Slovak Olympic Committee, Sagan offered his place in the road race in exchange for a ride in the MTB, with mountain biker Martin Haring taking his place in the mountainous road race.
Sagan decided in January that the Rio road race course was not to his liking, but would have probably been entered into it anyway, given his status as world champion.
"Everyone counted on the fact that Peter Sagan, as world champion, will start on the road," said Peter Privara, president of the Slovak Cycling Association.
"Peter, however, offered a seat to road cycling in exchange for a start in the MTB cross country. After finishing the Tour de France he has special training for four weeks. As we know, he will not only want to attend the Olympics, but to fight for the top positions."
>>> Peter Sagan walks to finish line on return to mountain biking due to crash (video)
Sagan, a junior MTB world champion, will now have significantly more time between the end of the Tour de France on July 24 and the mountain bike events on August 20/21 than he would have done had he entered the road race on August 7.
Haring's experience on the road is not extensive, with his best results coming with a stage win at the Sibiu Tour in 2012 and the king of the mountains title at the 2015 Tour of Cameroon.
Tom Pidcock anticipated Van der Poel's crash as Brit's Olympic celebration limited to eating all the cake at the buffet
The Brit says his Dutch rival was almost falling before he even went over the top of the downhill section
By Jonny Long •
Inspired by Olympic cycling? Everything you need to get into road cycling, time trialling, triathlon or track cycling
You don't have to have earned a tattoo of the five rings to enjoy cycling, here's what you'll need to get started
By Michelle Arthurs-Brennan •
Peter Sagan: I felt I could make top-10 in the Olympic MTB
Road world champion Peter Sagan was left deflated after a puncture ruined any chance of a decent placing in the Olympic mountain bike cross-country race
By Richard Windsor •
Peter Sagan suffers disastrous day in Olympic MTB after bright start
Sagan suffered a puncture after the beginning of the second lap of the course in Rio, as Nino Schurter took gold
By Benjamin Haworth •
Peter Sagan: No regrets about missing the Olympic road race (video)
Ahead of his appearance in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Peter Sagan spoke about missing the road race and his expectations in the mountain biking
By Jack Elton-Walters •
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
By Nigel Wynn •
Peter Sagan may ride MTB at the Olympics after wildcard place is requested
The Slovakian Cycling Association applies for a wildcard in Peter Sagan's name for the cross-country MTB event at the Olympic Games
By Stuart Clarke •