Peter Sagan on respect at the peloton: "They just piss in the middle of the pack. Everyone pees on everyone"

The TotalEnergies rider has had a far from ideal start to the season after contracting Covid-19 for second time this winter, hampering his preparation. As he eyes the cobbled classics this spring, he was at the opening weekend where he has struggled with punctures and poor form in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne - Bruxelles - Kuurne.

On an interview with Het Nieuwsblad, the Slovakian rider has spoken about a rather unusual habit from within the peloton: "They don't even bother going to the edge of the road. No names, but they just piss in the middle of the pack. Everyone pees on everyone. Nasty. And if you say something about it, you're arrogant, so to speak, because you can't decided what someone else should do."

The Slovakian is now 32 years old but for a long time was the face of an emerging generation in the last decade. A lot has changed in the meantime, one of the most important being that Grand Tour winners are more and more having very young ages, and that a golden generation is taking over cycling. On the other side of the argument now, the three-time world champion has added:

"Back then it was the older riders who talked a lot, now the younger generation does too. Then I think: okay, you are strong, a "champ", whatever. But you are younger. The younger generation lacks that respect. You see, you feel that. In the past you had the unwritten laws in the race. Now, forget it. There is total anarchy there"

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