Former World Champion Peter Sagan (TotalEnergies) will make his first foray into the world of gravel racing next weekend, signing up to ride Unbound Gravel 2022.
Alongside his longtime teammate Daniel Oss, Sagan will ride the 100-mile version of the route, rather than the epic 200-mile event, that traverses the Flint Hills of Kansas and contains 5,720m of elevation.
“We are riding to Unbound, see you all there!” Sagan said in a video posted in Instagram from his high-altitude training camp in Utah.
His announcement referenced his sponsors Specialized – a bike manufacturer for whom Sagan has promoted the gravel-specific bike Diverge.
Following a successful junior career in mountain-biking and cyclocross, Sagan has predominantly focused on road-racing, although he rode the mountain-bike race at the Rio Olympic games in 2016, and his own Gran Fondo event in Truckee, California features gravel roads.
At Unbound Gravel, Sagan will line up in a field of more than 4,000 participants across five distances.
After racing Unbound, Sagan will travel to the Tour de Suisse and then the Tour de France hoping to add another green jersey.