Road to Tokyo 2020: World champion cyclist Peter Sagan to miss Olympics after surgery

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An infection in his right knee, suffered after an injury at the Tour de France earlier, will keep Peter Sagan away from the Tokyo Olympics.
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Bratislava, Slovakia: Three-time world champion Peter Sagan will miss the Tokyo Olympics after undergoing surgery to treat an infection in his right knee 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 Lukas Kubis 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 competed in mountain biking instead, but a flat tire at the start of the race ruined his chances. of medal.

Andreescu withdraws due to fear of pandemic

London: Canadian Bianca Andreescu has decided not to participate in Tokyo due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the former US Open champion announced on Monday.

Andreescu is the latest big player to pull out of the Games from July 23 to August 8. Rafa Nadal, Dominic Thiem, Stan Wawrinka, Nick Kyrgios, Serena Williams and Simona Halep have already announced their decision to skip the Olympics delayed by the pandemic.

“I have dreamed of representing Canada at the Olympics since I was little,” world number five Andreescu said on Instagram.

“But with all the challenges we face in regards to the pandemic, I know that deep in my heart this is the right decision for myself to make.” The 21-year-old, who last competed at Wimbledon where she lost in the first round, said she looks forward to representing Canada in the Fed Cup and at the Paris 2024 Olympics.

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