Three-time world champion Peter Sagan underwent surgery to treat a right knee infection that occurred following a Tour de France accident, leaving his Tokyo Olympics status in question less than two weeks before ‘Start.
Sagan collided with Caleb Ewan in the third stage of the race and crashed at high speed. His knee was hit by the crown of his bike, leaving a deep gash that his Bora-Hansgrohe team has treated with antibiotic ointment for the past 10 days. But eventually the infection became too severe for Sagan to continue the race.
The operation was performed near his home in Munich and Sagan said he hopes to resume training in a couple of days.
“We did everything we could on site at the Tour, but even the antibiotic treatment could not prevent an infection,” said team doctor Christopher Edler. “The only option was to stop running and have the bag surgically removed. Fortunately, it was just a superficial infection, and the knee joint isn’t involved in that at all. The operation went well and I think Peter will be able to start over with a light workout in a couple of days ”.
31-year-old Sagan is expected to compete alongside his older brother Juraj Sagan for Slovakia in the Olympic road race on 24 July. It is expected that in the next few days he will make a decision whether to travel to Tokyo.
The punchy route that starts at Musashinonomori Park, scales the slopes of Mount Fuji and ends at Fuji Speedway west of Tokyo would suit Sagan’s driving style quite well. It has the ability to be with climbers in the hills, but it also has enough power to win a group sprint if a select group arrives together at the closing circuit.
Sagan, one of the most established cyclists of the last decade, skipped the road race at the Rio Olympics in 2016 and instead competed on a mountain bike, where a punctured tire at the start of the race ruined his chances for medal.
“Unfortunately, the antibiotic treatment could not prevent an infection. The only option was to stop racing in the Tour de France and have the bag surgically removed, “Sagan said in a statement.” Fortunately, it was a superficial infection and the knee joint is not involved in that at all. thank the doctors and medical staff of the IM2S clinic in Munich for performing an excellent surgery on such short notice and for their great cooperation with the team’s medical staff. “
Peter Sagan underwent surgery less than 2 weeks before the Olympic road race originally appeared on NBCSports.com