Reigning World Champion Peter Sagan has a shot at history at the UCI Road World Championships, but will not race in the men’s team time trial due to illness.
Sagan had been off on altitude block before competing in the Canadian classics. He then traveled back to Europe last Monday to finalise his preparation for a possible third consecutive world title.
However, his build-up for Bergen has hit an obstacle. The Slovak rider has been suffering with a sore throat and high temperature since returning to Europe.
Sagan’s coach Patxi Vila said: “He was supposed to do the TTT but we decided it was better he takes it easy, trains at home and then comes back for the road race. It’s a throat thing but nothing to worry about.”
Peter Sagan, who is favourite to retain the rainbow jersey, will focus his energies on what would be a record achievement in Bergen.