World champion cyclist Peter Sagan to miss Tokyo Olympics

The Slovak Olympic Committee and the Slovak Cycling Federation said Sagan won't be able to fully recover from a knee injury for the Tokyo Games.

The 31-year-old Sagan was expected to compete alongside older brother Juraj Sagan for Slovakia in the Olympic road race in 11 days.   -  GETTY IMAGES

Three-time world champion Peter Sagan will miss the Tokyo Olympics after he had surgery to treat an infection in his right knee that occurred following a crash at the Tour de France.

The Slovak Olympic Committee and the Slovak Cycling Federation said Sagan won't be able to fully recover in time for the Tokyo Games.

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

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Sagan tangled with Caleb Ewan on the third stage of the Tour and went down hard at high speed. The knee was hit by the chainring on his bike, leaving a deep gash that his Bora-Hansgrohe team treated with antibiotic ointment for the past 10 days. But eventually the infection became too serious for Sagan to continue with the race.

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 said Lukas Kubis will replace Sagan in Tokyo.

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Sagan, one of the most accomplished cyclists of the past decade, skipped 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.

Also withdrawing from the Olympic road race Tuesday was Jack Haig, who is recovering from a broken collarbone that he suffered during the same stage of the Tour.

The Australian had been holding out hope he could recover quickly enough for Tokyo.

“Unfortunately my fracture was much worse than first expected. The surgery was long and more invasive than normal, making the recovery period longer,” Haig wrote on Instagram.

“I should hopefully be outside on the bike by the end of this week. Unfortunately, this means I will be missing out on the Olympics.”

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