World Road Race champion Peter Sagan had a lucky escape during today’s final stage of Tirreno-Adriatico, when a woman walking her dog walked in front of him and he had to take evasive action.
Afterwards, Sagan took to Twitter to say: “I love dogs but please respect the safety of the riders!”
The Slovakian was a few kilometres into the 10-kilometre time-trial at San Benedetto del Tront when the incident took place.
A woman walked her dog across the street on a zebra crossing in front of Sagan and appeared oblivious to the race taking place. Luckily for Sagan, there was a gap in the kerb between the road and the adjacent bike path and he was able to divert onto the path and avoid the spectator.
He re-emerged onto the road soon after, looked back at the woman and continued on his way, having lost a number of seconds due to the incident.
“I was lucky there wasn’t an incident with the lady who crossed the road with her dog – it was funny really,” Sagan said afterwards. “I didn’t brake because I was in my time trial position. I saw her really late, so the only way to avoid her was to go off road. Today I was relaxed – it was a rest day for me and I just wanted to get to the finish safe. I’m happy nothing happened and I’m looking forward to Saturday now.”
— Eurosport.es (@Eurosport_ES) March 14, 2017