BERGEN, Norway (Reuters) - Factbox on Slovakian Peter Sagan, who won his third road race world title on Sunday:
Born: Jan. 26, 1990 in Zilina, Slovakia
Turned professional: 2009
World champion titles: 3
Tour de France stages: 8
Tour de France green jerseys: 5
Monument classic wins: 1
After failing to secure a contract with Quick Step, Sagan, who started with mountain biking, decided to quit road cycling but eventually signed a two-year deal with Italian outfit Liquigas.
He claimed his first and second professional victories in the 2010 Paris-Nice, triggering comparisons with the great Eddy Merckx.
“I don’t want to be the second Eddy Merckx, I want to be the first Peter Sagan,” he said.
Made his grand tour debut at the Vuelta, winning three stages.
Developed a reputation as an also-ran as, despite his talent, he failed to win a major classic, finishing fourth in Milan-San Remo, second on Ghent-Wevelgem, fifth in the Tour of Flanders and third in the Amstel Gold Race.
But he made an impact on the Tour de France, securing the green jersey for the points classification and taking three stage wins in the process.
Failed again to win Milan-San Remo, one of his main goals of the season, as he finished second to Gerald Ciolek. He then took second place in the Tour of Flanders.
He caused a controversy for pinching the bottom of a race hostess at the podium ceremony — he apologized the following day.
Sagan won one stage in the Tour de France and bagged his second green jersey.
After a disappointing classics campaign, won the green jersey on the Tour de France despite failing to win a stage this time.
Won the Tour of California stage race.
Claimed another green jersey on the Tour de France, also taking five second-place finishes.
Went on to win one stage in the Vuelta before retiring after crashing into a race organizers’ motorbike.
Won his first road race world champion title in Richmond, Virginia, after a bold attack on a short, cobbled climb some two kilometers from the finish.
Won his first Monumen classic race at the Tour of Flanders.
Took the second stage of the Tour de France and wore the overall race leader’s yellow jersey. Grabbed two more stage wins to secure his fifth consecutive green jersey.
Bagged his second road race world title in Doha, outsprinting Mark Cavendish and Tom Boonen.
Finished second in Milan-San Remo.
Won the third stage of the Tour de France.
Kicked out of the Tour de France after the fourth stage for sending Cavendish crashing in the final sprint.
Claimed his 100th professional victory at the GP de Quebec.
Became the first rider to win three road race world champion titles in a row when he outsprinted Alexander Kristoff and Michael Matthews in Bergen, Norway.
Compiled by Julien Pretot; Editing by Clare Fallon