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.
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.