Peter Sagan, at just 29 years of age, is already one of cycling’s greatest riders of all time. With six Tour de France points jersey victories, three road race world championships, the 2018 Paris–Roubaix, and multiple spring classics among Sagan’s palmares, the world of cycling agrees that this intense, yet fun-loving rider is among the most dominant and fun-to-watch riders of his generation.
In My World, for the very first time, bike racing fans will have the opportunity to glimpse behind the scenes of Sagan’s cycling life, revealing the full extent of his dedication to competition and determination to win. They will read about his relationship with fellow riders, his heroes, and how he copes with the expectation of success. He will share technical details about his preparation, dissect the art of the sprint and analyze the tactics that play out during a fiercely competitive stage or race.
Sagan also gets personal, inviting us into his entourage as he blasts through races—then blows off steam with a few well-played pranks on friends. He shares his love for stunts like popping uphill wheelies on his road bike or lip syncing to John Travolta—and explains why bets lost and promises to friends sometimes end with a chicken dance across the finish line.
If the rainbow jersey comes with a curse, what happens when you win three? Meet the real Peter Sagan in My World and find out why cycling’s most interesting personality never takes winning too seriously.
Hardcover with dust jacket. Two 8-page full-color photo sections.
6″ x 9″, 320 pp., $24.95, 9781937715946
Part One: RICHMOND
Winter: Career from 2014–2015
Spring: Near misses in the classics
Summer: Tour de France green jersey
Autumn: Richmond and the rainbow jersey
Part Two: DOHA
Winter: The rainbow curse
Spring: World champion and Flanders win
Summer: Another Tour de France green jersey
Autumn: Qatar world road race
Part Three: BERGEN
Winter: Family life and Slovakia
Spring: Crashing at Flanders
On Team Peter
Summer: Tour disqualification
On the Other Guys
Autumn: Vindication and elation in Bergen
List of Photographs
Praise for Peter Sagan
“Sagan is one of the biggest stars in cycling right now because he’s incredibly talented, not to mention affable and fun. . . . If you were having a party, you would want him there because he would sing karaoke. While doing a one-handed wheelie. On a picnic table.” — New York Times
“He is a shining light for cycling right now; a star with seemingly limitless ability and box office appeal. As Usain Bolt was for athletics, so Sagan is for his sport.” — Daily Telegraph
“If cycling’s new era has a spirit animal, it is Peter Sagan. Sagan is undeniably the coolest thing going in the pro field. He’s a hero for the post-modern age, at once a throwback and disruptor, someone who can break the mold while simultaneously paying tribute to the versatility of past legends.” — VeloNews
Praise for My World
Shortlisted for the Telegraph 2019 Cycling Book of the Year
“Peter Sagan’s My World is a fun read about a great athlete. Self-deprecating as well as analytical, it lets us into Team Peter and the world of pro cycling as seen through the highly observant eyes of its most idiosyncratic practitioner. Why so serious indeed?” — PezCycling News