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Maja Leye, the Belgian podium hostess who found herself in the spotlight after Peter Sagan was caught on camera pinching her behind following the Tour of Flanders in April, has received a Christmas present courtesy of the Slovak cyclist’s employers – a brand new Cannondale women’s bike.

Sagan, runner-up in that race to Fabian Cancellara, had apologised for the gesture to the 25-year-old by presenting her with a bunch of flowers at the Brabantse Pijl the following week.

But now Het Nieuwsblad reports that Cannondale delivered the new bike to the offices of the general secretariat of the Flanders Classics, where Leye works.

Following the incident in April, which prompted a debate in Belgium and beyond about whether there should still be podium hostesses in cycling, Leye admitted that she did consider slapping Sagan as he groped her.

“I really thought about it,” she said. “I had to stay professional. If I had reacted, the incident would have escalated. There were millions of TV viewers in front of their screens.”

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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dullard [140 posts] 2 years ago
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Shame that Sagan doesn't behave with the same professionalism as Ms Leye. When he's back working in the factory in Zilina after he gets busted for doping (it's only a matter of time), I suspect he'll still be as much of an arse.

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Legin [95 posts] 2 years ago
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Is it just me that's bored with buffoons making unsubstantiated doping allegations. They should really be banned from the site.

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SevenHills [201 posts] 2 years ago
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Legin wrote:

Is it just me that's bored with buffoons making unsubstantiated doping allegations. They should really be banned from the site.

It's not just you.  37

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spatuluk [27 posts] 2 years ago
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The abbreviated title is a bit misleading.. when I read "Cannondale's Xmas gift to podium hostess pinched by Sagan", I thought he'd stolen her Xmas pressies!

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farrell [1950 posts] 2 years ago
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spatuluk wrote:

The abbreviated title is a bit misleading.. when I read "Cannondale's Xmas gift to podium hostess pinched by Sagan", I thought he'd stolen her Xmas pressies!

I could definitely, definitely see Sagan as The Grinch.

http://bikesandbidons.files.wordpress.com/2013/07/tdf-2013-stage-21-pete...

http://geofflivingston.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/grinch.jpeg

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rookybiker [40 posts] 2 years ago
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Sagan matured quite a bit this season, including on the road.

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allez neg [497 posts] 2 years ago
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I thought it was a feminist protest showing how women are STILL objectified as just pieces of meat to be leered at.

On a serious note I thought it the height of naffness in the Giro (or was it the Vuelta) where the 2 podium girls kissed the winner in a delightfully spontaneous and not at all painfully staged manner. Especially farcical when it was Cav who's not the tallest.

Either that or Sagsn just liked her arse.

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jarredscycling [456 posts] 2 years ago
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Sagan would make a perfect grinch if he dyed his whole head green and not just his disgusting goatee

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daddyELVIS [655 posts] 2 years ago
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Cycling needs more Sagans - great cyclist with great character. Pleased Cannondale made this gesture.

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Dog72 [106 posts] 2 years ago
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Can you back up the Doper claim?

dullard wrote:

Shame that Sagan doesn't behave with the same professionalism as Ms Leye. When he's back working in the factory in Zilina after he gets busted for doping (it's only a matter of time), I suspect he'll still be as much of an arse.

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s_lim [176 posts] 2 years ago
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Dullard by name...

Sagan is one of the best things to happen to pro-cycling in a long time. Apparently his tests recently (VO2 max, 5 sec power etc) were all universally high, which is apparently unprecedented. Can't wait for Paris Roubaix next year to see him in action on the hallowed cobbles.

And kudos to Cannondale for sorting that out. Alls well that ends well.

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dullard [140 posts] 2 years ago
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You all sound like the blind fans who were still bigging up Armstrong up to a year ago. Sagan leaving the cream of the professional peloton wheezing and spluttering and then pulling his Forrest Gump without so much of a gasp? If it looks too good to be true, then it is. Or 'apparently unprecedented', if you prefer.

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Guyz2010 [304 posts] 2 years ago
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Second that comment above regarding doping commentators. Not really intelligent comments and certainly not worth reading.

Yep Sagan was stupid and childish doing this but he and the hostess moved on. Old news indeed....no debate then

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William Black [193 posts] 2 years ago
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Dog72 wrote:

Can you back up the Doper claim?

...well he is a professional road cyclist.  1

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Dog72 [106 posts] 2 years ago
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dullard wrote:

You all sound like the blind fans who were still bigging up Armstrong up to a year ago. Sagan leaving the cream of the professional peloton wheezing and spluttering and then pulling his Forrest Gump without so much of a gasp? If it looks too good to be true, then it is. Or 'apparently unprecedented', if you prefer.

I'm not a blind fan. Taken, his performances are "special", but calling someone out without any real proof, isn't right. Is any rider who has a go ,and wins, a doper in your book? Would you prefer an orderly procession?

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Dog72 [106 posts] 2 years ago
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 1 Such Cynicism, what happened William? What painted your heart so black?

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William Black [193 posts] 2 years ago
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Couldn't possibly say  4

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daddyELVIS [655 posts] 2 years ago
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dullard wrote:

You all sound like the blind fans who were still bigging up Armstrong up to a year ago. Sagan leaving the cream of the professional peloton wheezing and spluttering and then pulling his Forrest Gump without so much of a gasp? If it looks too good to be true, then it is. Or 'apparently unprecedented', if you prefer.

No blind fan-boy here. I'm totally realistic about doping in cycling (and other sports for that matter). What I can't stand is hypocrisy. Not too concerned about lying (what sportsman is ever going say 'yes I am doping'?), but if a person, or team, goes out of their way to declare and trumpet an anti-doping stance whilst practicing the opposite, that's where I have an issue.

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DrJDog [336 posts] 2 years ago
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daddyELVIS wrote:

No blind fan-boy here. I'm totally realistic about doping in cycling (and other sports for that matter). What I can't stand is hypocrisy. Not too concerned about lying (what sportsman is ever going say 'yes I am doping'?), but if a person, or team, goes out of their way to declare and trumpet an anti-doping stance whilst practicing the opposite, that's where I have an issue.

You should back that statement up with evidence

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daddyELVIS [655 posts] 2 years ago
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DrJDog wrote:
daddyELVIS wrote:

No blind fan-boy here. I'm totally realistic about doping in cycling (and other sports for that matter). What I can't stand is hypocrisy. Not too concerned about lying (what sportsman is ever going say 'yes I am doping'?), but if a person, or team, goes out of their way to declare and trumpet an anti-doping stance whilst practicing the opposite, that's where I have an issue.

You should back that statement up with evidence

what, evidence that this is my stance?

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colinth [191 posts] 2 years ago
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His alleged doping may be unproven, but his knobendery is certain imho.

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farrell [1950 posts] 2 years ago
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Really though, it's a bit of a shit present when you think about it.

"Oh, a bike, from a bike company....Oh, you've really thought outside the frigging box on this present haven't you?"

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Cycle_Jim [264 posts] 2 years ago
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@ farrell What if she hates riding bikes!

And seriously doping allegations? If your going to make doping allegations you shouldn't even bother watching sport - everyone is doing spectacular things and pushing themselves, if your going to call out each one and say "he won a race he's a doper" whats the point in bothering watching? Cycling has had a bad past, we need to move forward. You don't see football fans saying "so and so won, match was probably fixed"

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Sadly Biggins [269 posts] 2 years ago
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I wonder whether she'll have something unusual for Christmas dinner. She's already had a goose, after all.

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dicktate [11 posts] 2 years ago
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Guyz2010 wrote:

... regarding doping commentators...

I bloody knew it! I always thought David Duffield was on something!

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bikeylikey [204 posts] 2 years ago
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It's simple: whatever your personal subjective impression is, you should not accuse anyone of doping without actual strong evidence. Why even mention it in this context?

The context is Sagan acting like a silly 12 year old. He needs to take a course in how to behave like a professional top level cyclist and not a little kid. It's embarrassing. I can't believe the people on here who say things like that he's a 'breath of fresh air'. I wince at the things he does, it's like he's showing off to his mates at school.