The 31st UCI Neusiedler See Radmarathon planned in Mörbisch, Austria on 23 April will have a Sagan on the start line, Juraj Sagan – 4x Slovakian National Road Champion and older brother of 3x UCI Road World Champion Peter Sagan.

After retiring from professional racing last year, Juraj Sagan is now sports director for the all Slovakian RRK Group – Pierre Baguette development team for young riders.

“We are a team at the continental level. We have only been around for two years and we are busy growing. We want to be a springboard for young, talented riders into the World Tour. The radmarathon is very important for us, because we want to qualify here for the UCI Cycling Championships in Glasgow,” Sagan told MeinBezerk news.

The 34 year-old Sagan will also put on a team kit, strap on a helmet and throw a leg over the top tube to ride in the 123 kilometers long flat race around Lake Neusiedl on the Austrian-Hungarian border.

Over 1000 riders are already registered for the event, part of the UCI Gran Fondo World Series, which affords amateur cyclists a chance to qualify for the 2023 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships taking place in Scotland during August. Riders finishing in the top 25% of their age/gender category automatically qualify to participate in the world championships.

Sagan is not the only cycling star organizers expect to attend. Former Austrian National Road Champion René Haselbacher and Tour de France veteran Johnny Hoogerland (also a UCI Gran Fondo World Champion) will participate.

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