The Slovak Olympic Committee and the Slovak Cycling Federation (SCF) have confirmed that cyclist Peter Sagan will miss the Tokyo Olympics. The three-time World Champion will need time to recuperate after having surgery on his right knee.
Sagan suffered a crash in the final of stage three of the Tour de France and was forced to abandon the race before stage 12, a stage later won by his teammate Nils Politt. The surgery on his knee was to treat an infection following the crash.
“We cleaned the wound as much as possible to prevent infection because of the dirt from the chain oil. However, after a few days an inflammation developed in the bursa on top of the patella and unfortunately I had to abandon the Tour.” Sagan said in the Bora-Hansgrohe press release.
The 31-year-old Sagan was expected to compete alongside older brother Juraj Sagan for Slovakia in the Olympic road race in 11 days. The Slovak Olympic Committee and SCF announced the news Tuesday, a day after the surgery near Sagan’s home in Monaco.
Sagan did not participate in the road race at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics and, instead, competed in mountain biking. But a punctured tire early in the race ruined his medal chances. He was 34th in the road race at the 2012 London Olympics.