Peter Sagan and His Wife Katarina Announce Break-up

Road cycling World Champion Peter Sagan poses with his wife Katarina prior to the UCI (International Cycling Union) cycling Gala at the Nation Towers in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016. (Claudio Peri/ANSA via AP)

Bratislava, July 19 (TASR) – Slovak cyclist Peter Sagan, currently wearing the green jersey for the top sprinter at Tour de France, announced on Facebook on Wednesday night that he and his wife Katarina had broken up.

Sagan’s wife confirmed the piece of news shortly afterwards, also on Facebook.

“After a long and thoughtful discussion, Kate and I have come to the conclusion that we would be much better if we separated as a couple. We feel we should continue our lives as good friends and we both agree it is the right decision.

We fell in love, went through a fantastic journey together and were blessed with a beautiful and lovely son, Marlon. Kate has been an important part of my life, supported me all these years in my professional career and is a great mother. We don’t hold any hard feelings against each other, we will just go our separate ways, with mutual respect.

Our main focus will now be Marlon. We will do our absolute best to provide a caring environment for his upbringing and be the dedicated and loving parents he needs.

I will not comment any further and I would like to thank everybody in advance for respecting our privacy,” reads Sagan’s statement on Facebook.

Peter Sagan and Katarina Smolkova, a former beauty contest finalist, had a sumptuous wedding in November 2015. A son, Marlon, was born to the couple in October 2017. Some reports had suggested that Pope Francis would baptise Marlon during the Sagans’ planned audience in January, but in the end Sagan, during a short chat, only presented the pontiff with a racing bike and a cycling world champion rainbow jersey.