Enthusiasm, but also tears appeared in the eyes of Peter Sagan, when he and his brother Juraj climbed the highest mountain of Africa - Mount Kilimanjaro or Shining Mountain as it is called. Always smiling and good tempered Tourminator confessed, that it was not easy at all. "Around 5 000 metres I had been missing oxygen, it buzzed in my head and I had been keeping going only because of inertia," said Peter, who is proud that he had not given up.
"Friends, ti was something really untraditional. We had survived extreme conditions and sports manager Bjarne Riis,who had organized that event, had climbed Kilimanjaro before us in four days. He thought that six days would be enough for us. At the base camp he told us that we came to work hard and he would like to see the team spirit and mutual help, so all of us will make it to the top," said Slovak rider about his experience and told us also, that they had a bad luck only because of bad weather. They caught the season of rain and wind. "The last six hours were the most demanding. Before the final ascent to the top we have only slept for two hours and we started to ascent at midnight. That was really something really demanding, we climbed very slowly, we had headache, we were bleeding from noses and some of us did not make it to the top," Peter continued his story. Unfortunatelly, there had been one very unpleasant moment. Peter´s masseur Maroš Hlad had a mountain sickness and they had to carry him to the hospital, where he stayed."I believe it turns to good and he will join his family soon," said Peter, who felt like Kilimanjaro could kill him.
Tourminator thinks that everyone from 80 members of the Tinkoff-Saxo climbing group had some crisis."It was really demanding, interesting and it showed very clearly who was who, how we behaved and help each other.
Everyone has crisis, me as well, especially in 5 000 metres, where was not enough oxygen and it was difficult to breathe. When me and my brother Juro made it to the top, Juro had tears in his eyes. And me? I sipped some warm tea and in two minutes I was vomiting," said Peter Sagan who was annoyed only because there were practically no hygiene, they had washed only in cold water and even after six days of climbing they had to take a cold shower. Not to mention that it had been raining constantly during the last days and so all their belongings were wet."I have to say that I was sure I wanted to make it since the very beginning and I would be very angry if I could not make it because of health. I wanted to climb Kilimanjaro for any price and I made it. That makes me feel proud of myself," said one of the best riders in the world.Less