Hello and hi. Here I go again with another post on sports. Must be having a ‘boy’ moment. Cheah! Lol. Anyway, that being said-Peter Sagan has retained his Road World Championships title by beating GB’s Mark Cavendish over the weekend into second place over the 257.5km course in Doha, Qatar. Congratulations! 257km? I have no idea of what that even means. I am American and my people deal in miles. Yup.
Ok, let’s get down to brass tacks regarding Sagan & Cavendish. Ready? Steady. Go!
Peter Sagan was born on 26 January 1990. Baby! He is a Slovakian professional road bicycle racer or World Tour team Tinkoff. Sagan had a pretty successful junior cycle-cross and mountain bike racing career-winning the Junior Mountain Bike World Championship in 2008, before moving to road racing.
Sagan is considered one of cycling’s greatest talents as evident in the many prestigous victories he has earned. These include:
- 2 World Championships
- 2 Paris-Nice stages
- 3 Tirreno-Adriatico stages
- 1 in the Tour Romandie
- 2 nd and the overall classification in the Tour de Pologne
- 15 stages and the overall in the Tour of California
- 13 stages in the Tour de Suisse
- And loads more in France, Spain and other countries
Clearly Sagan was born to ride a bicycle. Sagan began riding at approximately 2 months old. Ok, I made that up. But the guy has ‘mad’ cycling skills. Clearly.
Sagan is the youngest child of 3 brothers and a sister. He brought up his sister as his parents were busy working at a small grocery shop they owned in his hometown in Zilina. His older brother, Juraj Sagan, is also a professional cyclist and is also a member of the Tinkoff team.
Sagan began to ride bikes at the age of 9 when he joined a small local club in his home town. Throughout his junior years, Sagan rode both mountain bikes and road bikes. He was well known for his unconventional style of riding in tennis shoes, t-shirts and drinking just pure water. Later, Sagan drew a lot of attention when he appeared at the Slovak Cup with a bicycle he had borrowed from his sister. Sagan had mistakenly sold his own and had not received a spare from the Velosprint sponsor in time. He won the race-despite riding a supermarket bike with poor brakes and limited gearing. Wow! In short, Sagan is the the real deal. Yes, yes he is.
Image: Cycling Weekly
Mark Simon Cavendish was born 21 May 1985 and is a British professional road racing cyclist. He specialises in the madison (track cycling), points race (mass start track cycling-with large numbers of cyclists on the track simultaneously) and scratch race (a scratch race is when all riders start together-and the first to go over the finish line, wins-after a certain amount of laps) disclipines. As a road racer, Cavendish is a sprinter. Please know that this does not include running at short bursts of speed.
Anyway, I am not a big fan of Cavendish. I mean, yes, he is at the top of his game but he is erratic and arrogant in equal measure. And trust me, that can be a deadly combination. I think you should choose one of the mentioned qualities, but not both. But, I digress. Also, Cavendish has a young daughter whom he has named ‘Delilah.’ What the what? And while you may think that that is a perfectly good name for a child, I can assure you, it is not. Surely, he was aware of the biblical and historical implications of naming his child that. I mean, it is the equivalent to me naming my kid ‘Beelzebub.’ Yes, yes it is.
As a road cyclist, Cavendish turned professional in 2005 and achieved a record 11 wins in his first professional season. He has won 30 Tour de France stages, putting him second on the all-time list, contributing to a joint 3rd highest total of 48 Grand Tour stage victories. My goodness. We all are good at something. But can he boil an egg? In brief, Cavendish is pretty big in the cycling world. In fact, in 2012, he became the FIRST person to win the final Champs-Elysee stage in the Tour de France in 4 consecutive years. Nice one, Cavendish.
In the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2011, Cavendish was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to British Cycling. It is kind of a big deal to get an MBE. Then in 2011, he won BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award and in 2012, he was named the Tour de France’s best sprinter of all time by French newspaper L’Equipe. Like I said, he is kind of a cycling superstar-never mind he gave his kid a crazy name. Here is Cavendish, pictured below.
Image: Cycling Weekly
So, there you go…some information on Sagan & Cavendish. Knowledge is power, people. Yes. Yes, it is.