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Peter Sagan and wife Katarina announce birth of first child (+ video)

Three-time world champion's son Marlon was born in Monaco yesterday...

Peter Sagan and his wife Katarina have announced the birth of their first child, a boy named Marlon.

The Slovak cyclist, who last month became the first man in history to win the road world championship for the third year running, broke the news on Twitter.

He had used the same social media platform earlier this year to announce that the couple were expecting a baby.

The new addition to the Sagan family was born yesterday in Monaco, where Sagan is now based, the star-studded principality affording him a degree of anonymity that he cannot enjoy in his native country.

The past few weeks have been a happier time for Sagan than the first few months of 2017, with just one win in the Spring Classics campaign at Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne and his disqualification from the Tour de France in July.

In September, he took his 100th professional win at the Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec then followed that up with his third consecutive rainbow jersey as he outsprinted Alexander Kristoff, racing on home soil in Bergen, Norway.

Sagan chose to stay in Monaco to be with his wife as their child’s birth approached rather than attend the UCI World Gala in Guilin, China.

“I think you understand that family comes above all, so I want to be by the side of my wife,” he told the audience at the event, where Belgium’s Greg van Avermaet was crowned as UCI WorldTour champion for 2017. 

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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