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3.76  ·  Rating details ·  871 ratings  ·  101 reviews
From 2015 to 2017, Peter Sagan achieved the seemingly impossible: he won three road race World Championships in a row, ensuring his entry into the history books as one of the greatest riders of all time.

But to look at Peter’s record in isolation is to tell only a fraction of his story, because Peter doesn’t just win: he entertains. Every moment in the saddle is an opportun
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 4th 2018 by Yellow Jersey
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Juraj Holub
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
I didn’t expect any literary masterpiece here. In fact, my expectations were rock bottom. And they were fulfilled. The book just reminded me of why I loath these empty biographies and business books. Outside of a few sections where the ghost author described Sagan’s insights into what was happening on track, it was unreadable. Still, I gritted my teeth and made it to the finish line.
If you know (or care) who Peter Sagan is, you'll probably enjoy this book. If you've been following him for years - which means you follow bike racing - you'll enjoy the reminiscence and the periodic insights; if you're a serious Sagan fan, you really ought to read it.

If you're not a cycling fan (and you've never heard of Sagan) ... before you close the review ... if you want just a taste of why Peter Sagan (a mere bicycle racer) is such a popular, iconic, larger-than-life figure in the world of
Andreea Dima
People don't watch bike races just to find out the result. If that was the case, they would just read the paper in the morning or check their phones. Fans want drama. And if you can't make the effort to give them something to shout about when you're wearing the rainbow jersey, well, frankly, you shouldn't be wearing it. People often ask if I feel the pressure of the jersey. Well, I feel the jersey, it's true, but it's not a pressure. It's a responsibility to entertain.

That's why I love cycling
Toan Tran
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
It's a good read for all cycling fans, especially for those who have been following Peter Sagan (like me). The ghost writer did a good job writing the book in a 'not so cycling nerdy' language but still managed to capture the exciting atmosphere of the front of the peloton or the chase/sprint at the races which Peter Sagan participated from 2010 to 2018.
The book tells us how Peter Sagan won 3 world championships, how he loves riding in Australia (Down Under race) and California (Tour of Californ
Filip Konrad
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
I like the guy. I am a fan. But this book is very disapointing if you are a fan and cyclist who keeps up with the cycling world...Because apart from few bright moments like new gossips from races and cycling politics this book has not much to least for me. Bought the paper book & i should have downloaded the ebook. I wouldnt read it again. ...more
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
I am a cyclist and a huge fan of the sport in general. I have always struggled with Peter Sagan and his antics so I decided to check this book out and hopefully see another side and come around to an understanding of why everyone seems to love him. Well...this book only confirmed my initial thoughts of him. He is a great cyclist and one of the absolute best around, but a complete self serving moron. Anyone that tattoos their own face on their body is just that. I also became so sick of hearing t ...more
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cycling Fans; Sports fans
A really fun read. If you are a cycling fan, this is a great one to get you through some winter season blues. The book is Peter's perspective on the three seasons of winning the UCI World Road Championships with side chapters on his childhood, family, and the makings of his personal support crew of friends, Team Peter. It gives insight into how he functions with a race team a what works for him. He definitely has a different approach to things than other riders and works with team directors and ...more
Quirina Isarin
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Interesting view in his character and how he experienced the races he rode in the past years. He's really flamboyant.
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Peter Sagan is an incredible bike rider, athlete, role model, but most importantly a hell of a human being. I love his take on life, how to live it, and the love he shows to everyone involved around him, personal, professional, or otherwise. The book is written and a cool conversational tone and I loved it. Reading about Peter, I would have it no other way. What an incredible achivement in cycling to be 3X World Champion and winning classic races in between. The guy is hilarious, insightful, and ...more
Michal Tóth
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is exactly what you would expect from 3times world champion. Interesting insights intro Team Peter, Oleg Tinkov or cycling marketing "machinery", but if you are looking forward for some gossips, intrigues on competitors or anything similar, you will be dissapointed. As the cover says, in book are highlighted mainly UCI Wold championships, Monuments and Tour de France from 2015 until spring 2018, casually enmeshed with views on his childhood, junior years, Slovakia or family
Doctor Moss
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography, cycling
This is pretty much what you would expect it to be, from Peter Sagan. It’s light, breezy, upbeat, and entertaining. It’s Sagan’s public personality all the way through.

Not that that’s bad. Sagan is a breath of fresh air in cycling — besides being incredibly talented, skilled, and accomplished, he doesn’t take himself too seriously. He knows he’s in the entertainment business, so he is there for the fans. He even has “Why so serious?” tattooed on himself, along with a Joker-like image of himself.
Feb 21, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has problems. Which many seem to have overlooked. Of the 3 stars, 2 are only for the book and the 3rd is for the man himself.

Essentially, the main problems are:
1: The Co-Author/Translator (John Deering) has clearly had more input into the book that Peter Sagan himself. I get the feeling that Sagan's contribution was a 60minute interview and the rest cobbled (no pun intended) together by John Deering. Whilst I'm sure that in his native Slovakian, Peter Sagan is a very verbose and eloque
Jan 07, 2019 rated it liked it
I am aware that this book is sort of "co-written." I went into the book knowing that the flow and voice of the book would not be a literary masterpiece, but that is not what it is about. Many attempts have been made to interview what could be the greatest cyclist to ever straddle a bicycle. Peter Sagan is known for being a single liner or even a single worder to the most seasoned interviewer and never expounds on much. Well, if you want to know more about what makes Peter Sagan tick, this is the ...more
Mar 18, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sagan is a rider with personality but this book didn't really show it, and it was a fairly standard ghosted autobiography.

There's not too much that's revealed in his book, and although Sagan does comment on some of his races in detail often he throws his hands up to say 'my take is only one of hundreds'. This might be true, but I'm reading this to find out the one take, and he didn't involve you in the events as Cavendish or Thomas did in their books.

He could have more than made up for it with
Hella Comat
Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you follow cycling at the world level, this book's for you - you'll recognize all the riders and of course the very visible and very talented Peter Sagan himself. I was pleasantly surprised to really enjoy the writing (Sagan did have recognized authorship help). When interviewed on TV at races, he comes across as somewhat arrogant (I guess deservedly so, considering his more than 100 victories so far) but also odd. Just goes to show you how quick impressions aren't that valid - in the book, h ...more
Ron S
Mar 11, 2019 rated it did not like it
Besides his incredible ability on a bike, Sagan has proven to be one of the more entertaining stars of the sport. Unfortunately, his charm is mostly lacking in this conventional memoir, which is about as exciting to read as a four hour indoor trainer ride, while staring at a bare cinder block wall. Worse yet, is Sagan's insistence on inserting his "why so serious?" tag-line onto every other page of this book (and printed on the back cover). One can easily imagine a manager or business advisor te ...more
Oct 27, 2018 rated it liked it
I like reading a book about cycling every once in a while, and - as a Peter Sagan fan - I liked reading this one.

I did only give it a three star rating, because the writing isn’t so great. If you’ve seen interviews with Sagan, you’ll know the things he says aren’t always ‘understandable’. What I mean is: sometimes you’re not entirely sure what he’s trying to say, mainly due to a strange kind of humour (at least to me). And it’s exactly the same when reading this book. Sometimes I didn’t entirely
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Peter gives a very good insight into the world of cycling and, most importantly, his perspective and understanding of its mechanisms. The co-author does well to allow Peter’s voice to come through. Those who have seen Peter interviewed enough will recognize his thoughts and expressions. The cycling races are presented well, with intrigue and excitement. The authors space them out well enough so that it’s not just 200 pages or racing recaps. The in betweens filled with personal moments and philos ...more
João Guilherme Brotto
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was very curious to understand more about how Sagan became who he is. I mean, he is a monster! But the book misses the details about his training routine and diet, for example. As an amateur cyclist I was looking forward to learn some pro tips. But there's nothing.

Apart from that, it's a fun story with a few insights about Sagan biggest victories and his life as a pro. The last chapter, about the iconic Paris-Roubaix 2018, is the highlight of the book - probably. It was such an amazing classi
Tommy Kline
May 09, 2019 rated it liked it
This book is really interesting if you want to learn more about Peter and life as a pro cyclist, he doesn't cover racing strategies or workout routines. Overall I enjoyed reading about one of my heroes, but I can't say I would recommend this book to friends unless they just HAVE to learn more about Peter. The writing was a bit confusing, it wasn't chronological and he bounced around between years fairly regularly (as if you're talking, telling a story, then think of a tangent story, tell that st ...more
Matt Whittingham
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
Was hoping for more from this. I didn't really come away knowing much more about world class cycling than I did before, and this does not really offer much in the way of insight into what motivates a world champion, or the sacrifice required to achieve it.

I'm not sure I really took to Sagan on the basis of this read. He has the reputation as a bit of a showman, but this account is curiously lacking on charisma, and the 'why so serious' gets a bit tedious after the 20th time.
There is some inter
Ken Lawrence
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have a real man-crush on Peto. I'm pretty sure his ghostwriter did a lot of the work here, but it was the most entertaining cycling book I've ever read. These guys are a tough breed, and Sagan plays it cool with his tag line (which is tattooed on his chest), "Why so serious?"

What fresh hell awaited next? If I'd fallen into a bucket of tits that day I'd have come out sucking on my thumb.

Make sure YouTube is handy while you're reading, so you can watch the epic sprints as he describes them.
Jon Nelson
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When I picked up this book, I expected it to be a certain type of book. The kind of ghostwritten, autobiographical sports book that's just a cash grab. I'm sure money was one motivator for Peter in doing this, but it was much better than I expected. I enjoyed reading about his take on what happened in various races I've watched, in addition to thoughts on life. It seems like he actually cared about putting out a decent product for people, and I appreciate that. This should be a fun read for any ...more
Kike Rojas
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
I know he didn't write this book. I imagine a writer and or editor put it together from multiple talking sessions with Peto. Still, I felt as if I was listening to Sagan himself telling me all his experiences throughout this book so I loved it.

Having read this one after Merckx: half man, half bike, I thought it wasn't going to be as exciting without all those great stories of the greats but I was really reassuring encounter new fantastic stories of the modern era of cycling in here.

A must-read
I've become a cycling fan, more specifically the Tour de France, over the past few years. Peter Sagan is fun to watch and the book is well-written and interesting but it did get into a lot of very specific details about the races and the other riders so a lot of it wasn't resonating with me because I haven't followed the sport long enough to know who he was talking about. Nicely done and it definitely gave me some insights.
Megan Dax
Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Peter Sagan may not be the best writer, but he is an amazing cyclist! I remember watching him at the Amgen Tour of California. He is entertaining to watch. I’ve enjoyed following his career over the years. In this book, Sagan lets us in by telling his side of the story. I applaud him for opening his door to us; however, do not expect this book to be a well written read.
Steve Granger
Feb 13, 2020 rated it liked it
I only recently have started to become familiar with the world of pro cycling and I'm glad I came to the sport in the era of guys like Peter Sagan. Sagan is the talented showman the sport needs and a classy role model for future generations of cyclists. It was interesting to see his perspective, but certainly only a read for cycling fans and Team Peter fans in particular.
Claudia Thompson
May 03, 2020 rated it did not like it
I gave up halfway through. There was no direction to the book just random experiences pieced together. I have always been amused by Sagan but the book just made him unlikeable. No depth to the book. I am a huge cycling fan and was hoping for so much more. It also was incredibly boring, not the page-turner it was touted to be.
Anne Martin
Dec 12, 2018 rated it liked it
A quick read. Not a great read but gives insights into his personality and the craziness of professional cycling. I’d say he really is an easy going goof that has the perfect personality to handle the pressure at the top.
Dec 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Leisure book; not chosen with the expectation of picking up a literary classic of impeccable grammar and flowing prose, so no expectations were harmed for that. Just purely a recreational read about one of cyclings more colorful and talented characters. And there were pictures.
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