By La Gazzetta dello Sport journalists Claudio Ghisalberti and Antonino Morici
There is a before and after Sagan in the cycling world. No one had ever previously won three world road championships in a row. No one had previously dared to break the traditional conventions of being a great sportsman, winning the hearts of cycling enthusiasts as well as a wider audience. Mario Cipollini led the way but Peter Sagan, in the social media era, has gone even further, becoming a rock star on two wheels. His uphill surges as well as his long hair, amusing videos on social media and willingness to express his true feelings have helped cultivate this image. Both on and off the track, he has been the first road cyclist to break with convention and generate a following among youngsters, thanks to the sincere and direct way in which he conducts himself. Then there is his competitive performance: quick in the sprint and powerful when the going gets tough. He has earned the green jersey seven times in the Tour de France and wore the rainbow jersey for three straight seasons, from 2015 to 2017. He has emerged victorious in Paris–Roubaix as well as the Tour of Flanders. A born winner and a revolutionary champion.