Peter Sagan given suspended prison sentence for drunk driving in Monaco

Three-time world road champion was stopped by police in May.

Peter Sagan at the Tour de Suisse. Photo: SZ/SCA/Cor Vos © 2023

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by Dane Cash 28.06.2023 Photography by
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In what marks his second run-in with the law in Monaco in recent years, Peter Sagan has received a suspended prison sentence of three months for a drunk driving incident that occurred last month, Monaco-Matin reports.

The 33-year-old Slovakian was reportedly stopped by police at 11:35 am on Friday, May 12, showing signs of drunkenness while parking his scooter. A breathalyzer test cited in the case showed a concentration of 1.46 mg of alcohol per liter of breath.

Sagan reportedly claimed that he had been out partying the night before and gone to bed around 3 am. The following morning, several hours later, he was reportedly still several times the legal limit in Monaco.

Although Sagan’s lawyer argued in favor of a fine, the prosecutor requested that the three-time World Road Champion receive a suspended prison sentence as well has having his driving license suspended for three months.

The news comes about than two years after Sagan was arrested for violating the COVID-19 curfew in Monaco and then injured the officer as he attempted to resist the arrest, apparently expressing concern that he would be forced to be vaccinated.

Sagan was fined for that incident.

The seven-time green jersey winner plans to make what will be his final start at the Tour de France when the race rolls out from Bilbao on Saturday. TotalEnergies has not yet commented on the news of his drunk driving offense and subsequent suspended sentence.


Sagan released an apology via social media Wednesday afternoon:

“I’m reaching out to tell you I’m deeply sorry for screwing up during a moment of weakness,” he said. “I would like to apologize to my family, my friends, my team, our sponsors, and everybody that supported me. I am committed to learn from this mistake, and becoming a better person in the future. Thank you.”

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