But there’s one cyclist that’s universally known for his antics, if not for his elite closing speed. Over the years, three-time world champion Peter Sagan has left us with wise cycling nuggets we won’t soon forget—here are some of our favorites:
On Forrest Gump1 of 13
"I do it like Forrest Gump. When they told him to run, he ran. When they tell me to win, I win."
On His English2 of 13
"My English is perfect. I just like to say garbled nonsense to throw people off and keep them from bothering me. Cryptic is cool and it just adds to my mystique."
On Having to Do Things3 of 13
"You 'mustn't' nothing in your life. I don't 'must' nothing in the life, just die."
On Cycling's "Simplicity"4 of 13
"Uphill, downhill, I like that."
On the Olympics5 of 13
"The Olympic race is weird."
On His Homecoming Event6 of 13
"I'm glad so many people came to see the clown in green."
On If He Noticed the Slovakian Flag in the Crowd7 of 13
"I have mostly noticed the road."
On His Impressions After a Race8 of 13
On Interviews9 of 13
"Don't take this personally, but I don't like doing interviews. I don't like thinking about the things I do. I just want to have fun."
On Cycling Being Boring10 of 13
"To be honest, cycling is a boring sport to me. Boring to watch. When it's on TV I watch only the last five kilometers or the final sprint. Nothing more. I just can't stand watching it for 4 or 5 hours. That's why I do these wheelies and victory celebrations at the finish…I don't mean to show disrespect to my competitors, I only want to bring some thrill into the sport because that's what cycling lacks and needs so desperately. There will always be someone to criticize me for what I do, but I don't care what they think."
On Being Peter Sagan11 of 13
"I don't want to be compared to other riders. I want to be Peter Sagan."
On His Hulk Impression12 of 13
"I did a Hulk expression because when he gets angry he turns green and more powerful. That was me today after yesterday's stage."