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Peter Sagan handed three-month suspended prison sentence for drink driving

The three-time world champion was also banned from driving for three months after being caught “dangerously” riding his scooter the morning after a night out in Monaco last month

Three-time world champion Peter Sagan has been handed a three-month suspended prison sentence, and banned from driving for the same period, after he was caught drink driving through the streets of Monaco last month.

The 33-year-old, who will hope to add to his twelve stage wins as he starts what will be his last ever Tour de France on Saturday, was observed by police in the principality recklessly driving a scooter at around 11.35am on Friday 12 May, just four days before the Slovakian made his return to racing at the Four Days of Dunkirk, following his race-ending crash at the previous month’s Paris-Roubaix.

> Cobbles crash ends Peter Sagan's final Paris-Roubaix

“It was 11:35 a.m. when the police noticed the risky, even dangerous behaviour of a driver behind the handlebars of his motorised vehicle,” the magistrate in Monaco said, according to local publication Monaco-Matin.

“The driver was trying to park in a space reserved for two-wheelers. The officers approached and very quickly noticed the signs of the scooter driver’s drunkenness.”

The “vague suspicions” of the officers were confirmed by the seven-time Tour de France green jersey winner’s breathalyser test, prompting them to take Sagan to a police station for a more precise test, which confirmed his blood alcohol levels to be 1.46 mg/l, almost six times Monaco’s maximum permitted intoxication level of 0.25mg/l.

Sagan is reported to have told the police that he had spent the previous night drinking in Monaco’s clubs, and had gone to bed at 3am. He said he had “an appointment” the next morning to bring a friend to a hotel.

Due to the high levels of intoxication coming up to lunchtime, the judge asked if Sagan had “went to bed or had fallen into a coma because of the impressive amount of alcohol he had taken.”

The TotalEnergies rider was absent from the court hearing, but his legal counsel argued that jetlag from a recent flight from the United States had affected Sagan.

“With a state of fatigue mainly linked to jet lag and six hours of sleep, he did not think he had such a rate [of alcohol in his system],” Sagan’s lawyer told the court. “In addition to the obligation to travel with his vehicle as part of his sports career, a fine would be more appropriate.”

However, the prosecutor argued that a fine would have little impact considering Sagan’s substantial income. The former Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix winner was thus handed a three-month suspended prison sentence, as well as being banned from driving for three months.

> Peter Sagan fined for breaking Monaco COVID-19 curfew and injuring police officer

Last month’s reckless behaviour isn’t the first time that Sagan has found himself on the wrong side of the law thanks to drink driving.

In November 2021, the Slovakian star was fined €5,000 for infringing Monaco’s Covid-19 curfew and injuring a police officer who attempted to take him to hospital to undergo a drug test.

Sagan, who was drunk at the time of his arrest, was travelling on his scooter with younger brother and fellow pro Juraj, with his lawyers later claiming that he began to struggle with the officers because he feared he was going to be “forced to be vaccinated”. The 33-year-old later apologised for his actions, which he claimed were due to his excessive alcohol consumption that night, something he said he was not used to.

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dolphy | 8 months ago
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Do you know I was clutching my pearls the other day thinking about all these right wing tories. Oooh they really get my goat. Ooooh.

Er, over and out.

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mctrials23 | 8 months ago
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I love it when people talk about learning from their mistakes. Like their mistake was something that you have to be taught rather than it being common sense and something 99.9% of the population (that person included) would say is completely unacceptable. 

 

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mattw | 8 months ago
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I make that 4x even the UK limit, which is 60% higher than Monaco, and the highest in Europe.

P*ss*d out of his brain.

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mark1a replied to mattw | 8 months ago
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mattw wrote:

I make that 4x even the UK limit, which is 60% higher than Monaco, and the highest in Europe.

P*ss*d out of his brain.

It's just under 2x the UK limit, which is 80mg per 100ml (this is blood not breath, you may be thinking of the breath limit of 35µg per 100ml). Just outside the microstate principality of Monaco, the rest of France has a 2 tier limit, the upper one is the same as the UK (80mg), although anyone caught between 50-80mg per 100ml will be fined €135 and not be permitted to drive until their blood alcohol level has dropped below 50mg per 100ml. So 50-80mg, keys taken away and a fine, >80mg it's much larger fine and ban and/or prison.

So - 6x the Monaco limit?? I don't know, it looks to be the same as France, maybe road.cc are conflating breath in µg/100ml and blood in mg/100ml, and it's not 6x after all.

PS not condoning drink-driving, I've never done it having grown up with the hard-hitting ad campaigns of the 80s & 90s, but it's a little harsh to stay he's p*ss*ed out of brain mid morning after a bender at 1.46mg per l.

 

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giff77 replied to mark1a | 8 months ago
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Remember that even in the U.K. Scotland has a lower limit of 50. So basically you could have a pint in Carlisle drive over the border and be stopped by the polis at Gretna and be done. 

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Paul J replied to mark1a | 8 months ago
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Well spotted. It's not maybe, Road.cc have cocked it up. The original article says: "1,46 milligramme d’alcool par litre d’air expiré" - 1.46 mg/l of /breath/.

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Roulereo replied to mattw | 8 months ago
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He's had plenty of chances, but this was a really lazy dumb move.

Why couldn't he have caught a taxi? My guess is riding a scooter (?) he would have been more likely to have killed himself than a cyclist or driver, but that's a really selfish decision regardless. Sad that he doesn't seem to have anyone around him who care enough to stop him. 

 

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Hirsute | 8 months ago
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Has cyclisto been hacked by Nigel ?

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chrisonabike replied to Hirsute | 8 months ago
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There's a lot of it about!  As you've pointed out before if you think someone's putting out a heffalump trap or lobbing dead cats onto the table it's best to ignore it.

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levestane | 8 months ago
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Six times over the limit, just lock him up.

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cyclisto | 8 months ago
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Pinch bimbo ass ✓

Ability to park a road bike on a roof rack while on bike ✓

Party around Ferraris and Buggatis in Monaco on a scooter with brother ✓

The man is the bike superstar we don't deserve but blessed to have.

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HoldingOn replied to cyclisto | 8 months ago
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No tick for "Role model to kids"?

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Roulereo replied to HoldingOn | 8 months ago
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He needed to have been dressed up doing a Drag show for young kids, then he'd seen as a role model to kids these days. 

 

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perce replied to Roulereo | 8 months ago
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Keep 'em coming!

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brooksby replied to perce | 8 months ago
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perce wrote:

Keep 'em coming!

They really seem to have a bee in their bonnet (sorry - not in a bonnet!  that's an unmanly form of headwear!) about drag shows... 

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Rendel Harris replied to cyclisto | 8 months ago
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cyclisto wrote:

Pinch bimbo ass ✓

Ability to park a road bike on a roof rack while on bike ✓

Party around Ferraris and Buggatis in Monaco on a scooter with brother ✓

The man is the bike superstar we don't deserve but blessed to have.

Pinching women's (I don't know if you've noticed but it's the 21st-century and has been for some time now, we don't usually call women bimbos anymore) arses is a recommendation in your book?

By the way just looked up Maja Leye, the woman whom Sagan groped: she is now head of organisation for the Flanders Classics for women. Some bimbo.

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cyclisto replied to Rendel Harris | 8 months ago
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I have never seen beardy guys with beer bellies without any credentials giving awards to nearly almost teen male riders. Surprisingly there were two top 5% hot girls on this particular podium as on every else podium I remember top 5% hot girls giving awards. These girls, were at this place because of their beauty, let's be honest about it. This is the exact definition of bimbo for me.

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Steve K replied to cyclisto | 8 months ago
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cyclisto wrote:

I have never seen beardy guys with beer bellies without any credentials giving awards to nearly almost teen male riders. Surprisingly there were two top 5% hot girls on this particular podium as on every else podium I remember top 5% hot girls giving awards. These girls, were at this place because of their beauty, let's be honest about it. This is the exact definition of bimbo for me.

The "exact definition" of "bimbo" is that it is a derogatory term for an attractive but unintelligent or frivolous young woman.  She may have been chosen for her attractiveness, but we have established that she is certainly not unintelligent.  And, even if she were, that would justify neither your use of a derogatory term to describe her nor Sagan's sexual assault.

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cyclisto replied to Steve K | 8 months ago
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If a woman is hired based primarily on her looks for me she is bimbo. No big deal, there are male bimbos too.

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Steve K replied to cyclisto | 8 months ago
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cyclisto wrote:

If a woman is hired based primarily on her looks for me she is bimbo. No big deal, there are male bimbos too.

It's quite a big deal that you use offensive terms without knowing what they mean.

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Rendel Harris replied to cyclisto | 8 months ago
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Bimbo means "attractive but stupid" so you have made a very ignorant judgement on the basis of her looks. Additionally, you haven't addressed the point that you stated above that Sagan was "The bike superstar we don't deserve but are blessed to have" and that one of the reasons you thought this was because he "Pinch bimbo ass" [sic], why do you believe groping women is a desirable trait in a superstar?

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cyclisto replied to Rendel Harris | 8 months ago
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Of course, she was placed there for being hot, so Peter confirmed her bimbo role. Superstars have to be a little honest.

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Rendel Harris replied to cyclisto | 8 months ago
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cyclisto wrote:

Of course, she was placed there for being hot, so Peter confirmed her bimbo role. Superstars have to be a little honest.

So really she was just asking for it by "being hot"? Your attitude is both highly offensive and staggeringly stupid

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HoldingOn replied to Rendel Harris | 8 months ago
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oh dear - when I posted my original comment, I had assumed (I see where I went wrong) it would be obvious that I was attempting to point out that Mr Sagan was not, in fact, a good role model for kids.
Having read through how this thread has progressed, I want to be explicit:
I do not approve of Mr Sagan's actions and have been exceedingly disappointed to learn of them (I was unaware before this post)

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cyclisto replied to Rendel Harris | 8 months ago
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We will never know if she actually wanted to, but Peter showcased us her true skills for being placed there. And that is what stars do.

Anyway if I am stupid as you say, I will stop answering to protect you and I am a little tired answering all the same comments, to people who don't want to understand that if you gain things just because of your looks, you may lose also a few. I don't know how many people Maja has under her direct command now, but she has become famous primarily for being pinched, and Peter a gigachad for doing it and not being slapped. A true rockstar on pedals.

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Rendel Harris replied to cyclisto | 8 months ago
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Anyway if I am stupid as you say

You're not. After reading that comment it's quite clear you're even more stupid.

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levestane replied to cyclisto | 8 months ago
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giff77 replied to Rendel Harris | 8 months ago
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The misogyny just keeps growing here. 

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Steve K replied to cyclisto | 8 months ago
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cyclisto wrote:

Of course, she was placed there for being hot, so Peter confirmed her bimbo role. Superstars have to be a little honest.

You are actually condoning assault and basically saying she asked for it.  Seriously, take a look at yourself.

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Simon E replied to Rendel Harris | 8 months ago
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Rendel Harris wrote:

By the way just looked up Maja Leye, the woman whom Sagan groped: she is now head of organisation for the Flanders Classics for women. Some bimbo.

She has more brains - and class - in a single bum cheek than the arrogant dickhead Sagan, Roulero and his aliases combined.

While he can ride a bike well (when he bothers to stay sober) IMO he's no role model in any other respect.

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