Peter Sagan: It'll take time to get used to racing without the rainbow stripes

06 October 2018 09:15
For the past three seasons, Peter Sagan has been synonymous with the rainbow jersey. In fact, it's hard to remember him wearing anything other than the rainbow stripes. While seeing him in a different kit next year will be an unusual sight for fans, Sagan himself says that it will take time for him to get used to being without the jersey. Sagan won the world title three times in a row between 2015 and 2017 but handed the baton over to Alejandro Valverde in Innsbruck last Sunday after stepping off with two laps of the circuit remaining. He will not quite be reverting back to team colours next season as he is still the reigning Slovakian national champion - he unveiled a new jersey that is not too dissimilar to his world champion one, with the Slovakian flag replacing the rainbow across the middle - but it still feels a little different.ADVERTISEMENT "I have already done some team photos and here it is still OK because I have my stripes here," he told Cyclingnews, pointing to his arm. "But then I look down at myself and the bands are already the Slovak flag, and I think 'is this my jersey?' I just need time, it's OK. "I can say also that I am happy that Alejandro won and I think that he will be a good world champion for next year. We can be proud of him because he is already a legend in cycling and I think he deserves the jersey. It's good and maybe it is going to be a bit easier for me next year." The rainbow jersey was passed from Sagan to Valverde in a very literal sense last weekend, with the Slovakian taking to the podium following the event to give the new world champion his jersey. Sagan had suggested the idea to the UCI after watching a boxing match where the defeated champion handed the title belt to the victor. He enjoyed doing it, though he is not sure if it will become common practice. Different jersey, same Sagan You can read more at . read full article

Source: Cycling News