It’s the cycling World Championships this Sunday and anyone with an ounce of cycling knowledge would probably be able to tell you that there is no beating the pedalling Peter Pan, Peter Sagan. Particularly on flat terrain.
The Slovakian is like the one mate you have in your bunch who just happens to be good at everything. And wins everything. As he smiles and laughs in your face while he does it. And you just want to kick him in the goolies and uppercut him on his way down. Ok, that’s maybe, slightly, a bit extreme – sorry Butsy.
We actually like Sagan. In a sport full of emaciated loners, Sagan brings much needed entertainment and personality. While we gave him a thumbs up for smashing Cavendish out of the Tour de France, we did subsequently then miss him for the rest of the race due to his disqualification.
And anyone that does a Forrest Gump impression to win a stage and then goes and makes a parody Forrest Gump video is a top bloke in our eyes.
Anyway, on Sunday in Bergen, Norway, he will line out vying for three consecutive Road Race World Championship titles. And with the talent and consistency that has seen him claim win eight Tour de France stages, who would bet against him??
Yea that’s us. Why, you ask? Well there’s an Aussie (say nothing) fella called Micheal Matthews and he’s pretty good.
At the Tour de France, while Sagan was at home letting his leg hair grow, ‘Bling’ Matthews was tearing it up for Team Sunweb. The 26 year-old won stage 14 and 16 and finished comfortably adorned in the Green Jersey, a good distance above second place André Greipel. Not only that but he’s beaten Sagan in a sprint to the line before at the 2015 Tour de Suisse when he rode for Orica GreenEDGE.
While he’ll have Micheal Kwiatkowski and home favourite, Edvald Boasson Hagen to contend with as well, at 11/1 we think he’s a steal to continue his great form. Plus, we heard Sagan is a little bit under the weather at the moment.