Will Super Sagan skip the Cobbles in favour of a Tour-Giro Double?

Will Super Sagan skip the Cobbles in favour of a Tour-Giro Double?

The Bora-Hansgrohe leader could race 42 stages in just 58 days in an attempt to win his first ever Ciclamino Jersey, as well as his 8th Maillot Vert.

Due to the compression of the 2020 season due to the COVID situation, the UCI have been under pressure to build a season that could incorporate as many WorldTour races as possible, without too many conflicts.

The decision was made to overlap the Giro d'Italia and many of the Classics.  The 2020 Giro is set to now take place from October 3-25, while the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix have been rescheduled for October 18 and October 25, respectively. 

The rescheduled calendar sees the Tour de France in September and the Giro d'Italia following soon after in October.

Racing both the Giro and the Tour in this revamped season would mean racing a huge 42 Grand Tour stages in just 58 days.  

Since 2010, Sagan has always opted to ride the Tour of California on the back of the cobbled Classics and ahead of the Tour de France.  The sprint star won Paris-Roubaix in 2018, and took victory at the Tour of Flanders in 2016 during the last decade of targeting the Classics.  

In a different direction for 2020, Sagan was set to ride a spring Classics campaign, followed by the Giro, the Tour and then target the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

When the UCI presented the rescheduled calendar it was widely expected Sagan would change his plans and opt to ride the Tour de France in pursuit of an eighth green points jersey but then skip the Giro and then again target the Classics.  However, according to reports in Slovakian and Belgian news outlets, Sagan and his Bora-Hansgrohe team have opted to stick to the original plan, with him finally making his debut at the Giro d'Italia, meaning he will miss both the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix for the first time since 2013.

Historically, GC riders may attempt a Giro-Tour double - the last successful attempt being in 1998 by Marco Pantani.  The last (and only) successful Giro-Tour Sprint double was by Uzbekistani rider Djamolidine Abdoujaparov back in 1994.  On a ‘normal’ calendar, there is usually around a 6 week break between the Giro and the Tour, but with the revised dates for the Tour de France, (29th Aug - 20th Sep), the Giro will now follow the Tour by only a matter of 13 days.  

Bora-Hansgrohe still need to confer and confirm Sagan's race programme, but have not denied the reports from Slovakia, only saying his and all the team's race programmes  will be finalised in June at the teams training camp in Austria.

"Traditionally, this is not only where the foundation for the coming months of racing is laid, but also the broad outlines of each rider's race programme," Ralph Scherzer told Het Nieuwsblad, with the team set to head to the mountainous Tyrol region of Austria in mid-June.

Sagan has no less than 7 Green Jerseys to his name, 3 x consecutive World Champion Jerseys, as well as a huge list of other Stage races, Monuments, Classics, Cyclo-Cross and MTB Junior World Champ victories.  Peter turned 30 in January, and it could be argued that even with his spectacular palmarés he is now looking at further career challenges and legacy.  There are a host of extremely talented sprinters in the peloton who will be vying for victory with fresh legs, however if anyone can do this unprecedented feat, surely it's Peter Sagan?