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The pro peloton bids farewell to Peter Sagan as he rides his last road race

Sagan closes the book on a road career that included three world championships, seven green jerseys, and two Monuments.

Peter Sagan on stage 1 of the Tour de France.

Dane Cash
by Dane Cash 01.10.2023 Photography by
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Peter Sagan (TotalEnergies) made his final start as a pro road racer on Sunday at the Tour de Vendée in western France, closing the book on a road career that saw him claim three world championship titles, a record seven green jerseys at the Tour de France, and Monument wins at both Paris-Roubaix and the Tour of Flanders, among many other achievements.

At the peak of his powers, Sagan was one of cycling’s very biggest stars, a fixture on magazine covers and social media meme accounts alike. Sunday’s Tour de Vendée ride marks the end of a road racing career that began with the Dukla Trencin-Merida Continental team back in 2009 and then took Sagan from the Liquigas/Cannondale organization to Tinkoff-Saxo and then to Bora-Hansgrohe before his last two seasons with TotalEnergies.

Along the way, Sagan has sometimes focused his efforts on racing his mountain bike, and the 33-year-old Slovakian announced at the start of this year that it would be his last season as a pro road racer as he will next focus on racing MTB at the 2024 Olympics in Paris.

Ever the model of consistency in his race results, Sagan closed things out on Sunday with a top 10 finish at the Tour de Vendée, riding to ninth place on the day.

With Sagan’s colorful road career now in the books, riders, teams, and races across the pro peloton had messages for the star on social media on Sunday.

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