Peter Sagan: 2016 success just down to 'good luck'

The world champion says he has been luckier this year than he was in two years previously

Peter Sagan wins the Saitama Criterium 2016 (Yuzuru Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Peter Sagan has said that his successful year in the world champion’s rainbow jersey has been down to “good luck”.

Since Sagan first became world champion in Richmond in 2015 he has claimed his first Monument winning the Tour of Flanders, won the Tour de France green jersey competition for a fifth time and racked up a host of other victories.

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Having trained as a journalist at Cardiff University I spent eight years working as a business journalist covering everything from social care, to construction to the legal profession and riding my bike at the weekends and evenings. When a friend told me Cycling Weekly was looking for a news editor, I didn't give myself much chance of landing the role, but I did and joined the publication in 2016. Since then I've covered Tours de France, World Championships, hour records, spring classics and races in the Middle East. On top of that, since becoming features editor in 2017 I've also been lucky enough to get myself sent to ride my bike for magazine pieces in Portugal and across the UK. They've all been fun but I have an enduring passion for covering the national track championships. It might not be the most glamorous but it's got a real community feeling to it.