- Dog walker crosses road during race
- Cycling star relieved to avoid accident
- Sagan had to ride up on pavement
(CNN)Dubbed the rock star of world cycling, Peter Sagan is a showman who likes to pull wheelies mid-race and celebrate victories with a swagger.
But his adroit swerve to avoid crashing into a dog walker during a race in Italy is now perhaps one of his most memorable and entertaining maneuvers.
A few minutes into his individual time trial during the Tirreno-Adriatico race through the city streets of San Bedendetto del Tronto, the 27-year-old had to stray onto the pavement as a woman ambled across a designated crossing point with a dog.
In later admitting he saw the funny side, the Bora-Hansgrohe team rider also said he and the pedestrian were "lucky" to escape without major incident.
"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," the Slovakian posted on social media.