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Peter Sagan: I still have a lot of pain from the crash at the Tour

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Peter Sagan (Bora-hansgrohe) was forced to withdraw from the road race at the European Championships as he hasn’t recovered completely from the crash he suffered at the Tour de France.

“I was not in good shape and I still have a lot of pain from the crash at the Tour de France,” said Sagan, who crashed on a descent during stage 17 of the French Grand Tour.

“It was a very technical circuit [in Glasgow], and it was hard, and in the end, well, I still have a lot of pain in my back and my hip. I think I need more time to recover from that crash.”

“It was a good training for the coming weeks but I still need to fully recover from my hard crash at Le Tour de France, for the final part of the season. I’d like to thank the Slovak Cycling Federation, its staff, and all my teammates for their work today.”

Sagan will next race the EuroEyes Cyclassics Hamburg and then the Vuelta a Espana before the World Championships.

“I still have some races left; I have Hamburg and the Vuelta, and we will see. I will try to fight for my best at the end of the season.”