Cycling fans have a lot of questions about how Peter Sagan will fare in the Olympics cross-country mountain bike race on August 21 in Rio de Janeiro. But a group of 187 mountain bike racers in Wyoming got a first-hand look at the road world champion’s form at the Pierre’s Hole 50 on Saturday.
Well, Sagan’s fellow competitors didn’t get to look at him for very long though. The Tinkoff rider won the 50km race in Pierre’s Hole by a little over 21 minutes.
Slovakia’s top rider made waves by opting out of Saturday’s road race, which he thought was too hilly (tell that to Greg Van Avermaet), in favor of XC mountain biking, a discipline where he won a junior world championship in 2008.
No offense to the Wyoming racing scene, but Sagan will face a much tougher challenge in a few weeks, as the Olympics XC race is expected to be a showdown between France’s Julien Absalon — arguably the greatest of all time — and world champion Nino Schurter of Switzerland, who’s been on a tear this season. Absalon won the World Cup race in Mont Sainte-Anne, Canada on Sunday.