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It is business as usual at the Tour de France for Peter Sagan. He has won two stages by the race’s halfway mark. He is wearing the sprinter’s green jersey and going off the front on raids to snatch more points in that competition. And as he does in every race, big or small, he’s been goofing around and having fun.
However behind the scenes, he is getting a divorce, and he made the news public with a post on his Facebook page Tuesday after stage 11.
“After a long and thoughtful discussion, Kate and I have come to the conclusion that we would be much better if we separated as a couple,” he wrote. “We feel we should continue our lives as good friends and we both agree it is the right decision.”
The Sagans have been married for less than three years. They had a son, Marlon in late October.
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Most sports scientists would agree that external stresses, like relationship problems or work stress, can diminish performance. On cycling’s biggest stage, the Tour de France, you’d think this might affect Sagan’s racing. It hasn’t yet. In addition to his two wins, he’s been on the podium four other times and wore the yellow jersey for one day.
And, as always, he’s keeping things fun and light in the bunch, whether he is creeping up the side of the peloton in an aero-tuck:
… Or doing his best Superman impersonation:
He even gave his friend Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) an unexpected high-five when the Italian was simply calling his team car up from the caravan:
— Peter SagFan (@Peter_SagFan) July 16, 2018
Here is Peter Sagan’s full statement from his Facebook page:
After a long and thoughtful discussion, Kate and I have come to the conclusion that we would be much better if we separated as a couple. We feel we should continue our lives as good friends and we both agree it is the right decision.
We fell in love, went through a fantastic journey together and were blessed with a beautiful and lovely son, Marlon. Kate has been an important part of my life, supported me all these years in my professional career and is a great mother. We don’t have any hard feelings for each other, we will just go our separate ways, with mutual respect.
Our main focus will now be Marlon. We will do our absolute best to provide a caring environment for his upbringing and be the dedicated and loving parents he needs.
I will not comment any further and I would like to thank everybody in advance for respecting our privacy.