Three times cycling world champion, Peter Sagan from Slovak will not be able to participate in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics and has decided to skip the event due to an injury he faced following a crash during the Tour de France, acknowledged the Slovak Olympic Committee on Tuesday.
Sagan underwent surgery to regale an infection in his right knee he suffered at the bicycle race tour.
The Slovak Olympic Committee and Slovak Federation on Tuesday proclaimed a day after the surgery near Sagan’s home in Monaco that the cycling superstar won’t be in that condition to take part in the event.
The seven-time Tour de France champion harmed his knee following a ton chase fall on stage three. The damage to his knee turned into an infection that forced the rider to withdraw early from stage 12 last Thursday.
“After pulling out of the Tour de France, Peter Sagan underwent knee surgery in Monaco,” said the Committee in a statement.
“The infection did not impact the knee joint, but the surgery and subsequent health problems have prevented (Sagan) from touring to Tokyo,” it added.
Peter Sagan ended 34th in the road race in 2012 at London and 35th in the mountain bike cross-country race at Rio in 2016 in his prior Olympic appearances.