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Is Peter Sagan planning more fireworks? You decide ...

First the white shorts with the rainbow jersey, now an outfit inspired by Guy Fawkes?

We’re not sure how famous Guy Fawkes may be in Slovakia – but that’s the person who immediately came to mind when we saw this picture of Peter Sagan, whose explosive turn of pace brought him a second successive world championship victory on Sunday, rocking up for tonight’s World Cycling Gala in Abu Dhabi.

It’s a few weeks early for Bonfire Night admittedly, but we can’t help wondering whether Sagan, whose own brand of fireworks have lit up many a race, may have been inspired by his visit to York in the 2014 Tour de France Tour de France?

Stage 2 of the Grand Depart began in the North Yorkshire city, with the peloton passing within yards of the reputed birthplace of the Catholic conspirator, the building in the shadow of York Minster now called the Guy Fawkes Inn.

In the south of England, Bonfire Night is a big thing in Sussex – with the Edenbridge Bonfire Society in 2012 burning an effigy of Lance Armstrong, freshly stripped of his seven Tour de France titles.

Perhaps the inspiration for the outfit sported by Sagan – accompanied to this evening’s event by his wife, Katarina – was rather more contemporary, however?

The picture of the man the Wall Street Journal earlier this year dubbed The Rock Star of Cycling had one team member immediately thinking of former Libertines frontman Pete Doherty. Though given the beard and hair, the rest of us are sticking with Fawkes.

Here’s another picture of Mr and Mrs Sagan in all their finery ahead of this evening’s shindig.

12 months ago after winning the rainbow jersey for the first time in Richmond, Virginia, Sagan caused a bit of a sartorial stir when he was pictured in his new kit wearing white shorts, a big no-no for many purists – who were no doubt relieved then, when it turned out he was racing in black shorts.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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