Peter Sagan has posted a video to Facebook showing him hopping up a staircase in Mallorca on his bike – but he’s got a long way to go to emulate the achievements of his friend, the trials ace Vittorio Brumotti who in 2015 set a world record for the most steps climbed on a road bike.
Brumotti regularly attended training camps as an honorary member of the Tinkoff team when Sagan was there, with the pair appearing together in several videos.
In November 2015, the Italian climbed the 1,200 steps of Dubai’s Burj Al Arab in 50 minutes to set that particular record – three years after climbing the 4,000 steps of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, on a mountain bike.
We’re not convinced of Sagan’s assertion that he was taking a short-cut – it’s a shame he didn’t send one of his team-mates off down the road to see which one reached the top first.
Thee jersey Sagan is wearing is that of Slovak national champion which he’ll be sporting this season – at least when not leading stage races or classifications within them – after three years in the rainbow bands of world champion, which will be sported next year by Movistar’s Alejandro Valverde.
Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.