World cycling champion Peter Sagan to miss Tokyo Olympics

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) – Three-time world champion Peter Sagan will miss the Tokyo Olympics after undergoing surgery to treat an infection in his right knee that occurred following a fall on the Tour de France.

The Slovak Olympic Committee and the Slovak Cycling Federation have said Sagan will not be able to fully recover in time for the Tokyo Games.

They broke the news on Tuesday, a day after the operation near Sagan’s home in Monaco.

Sagan mingled with Caleb Ewan on the third stop of the tour and descended at high speed. His knee was hit by the chainring of his bike, leaving a deep gash that his team at Bora-Hansgrohe treated with antibiotic ointment for the past 10 days. But eventually, the infection became too severe for Sagan to continue racing.

The 31-year-old Sagan was due to compete alongside his older brother Juraj Sagan for Slovakia in the Olympic 11-day road race.

The Slovak Olympic Committee has said Lukáš Kubiš wants to replace Sagan in Tokyo.

Sagan, one of the most accomplished cyclists of the past decade, skipped road racing at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016 and went mountain biking instead. But a flat tire early in the race ruined his chances for a medal.

He finished 34th in the road race at the London 2012 Olympics.

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