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Video: Peter Sagan inspires young rider in Telekom Slovakia spot

If the plot of a champion cyclist helping a young woman tackle a climb is familiar, that's because it's been used before...

World champion Peter Sagan is featured in a new spot for one of his personal sponsors, Telekom Slovakia, coming to the help of a young woman who is struggling to get up a hill on her bike.

If the plot of a champion cyclist helping inspire a young woman to ride up an ascent is a familiar one, that's because it's been used before; the 2014 Japanese anime short Hill Climb Girl saw Sir Bradley Wiggins  - well, an animated version of him - come to the help of the title character as she tried to beat fellow students racing their bikes to school.

> Hill Climb Girl: Bradley Wiggins stars in - and inspires - cool Japanese animation

Back in the real world, we reported earlier this year how Sagan had inspired a young female cyclist from the UK, eight-year-old Ruby Isaac from Northamptonshire.

> Peter Sagan tells British girl, 8, who filmed Haribo tribute video that she could "become world champion in a few years"

After she posted a video herself scoffing Haribo after a bike ride in homage to similar footage of Sagan hoovering up the gummy sweets following his victory at Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne in February, he tweeted her to say: "One day you could even become world  champion in a few years."

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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