Slovakian cyclist Peter Sagan talks to journalists during a press conference he held at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Peter Sagan's road racing resume is impeccable.

A fan favorite in cycling, Sagan won three stages at the Tour de France. He clinched the best sprinter's green jersey for the fifth consecutive time. He's the defending world champion.

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Peter Sagan of Slovakia, wearing the best sprinters green jersey, celebrates on the podium after the twenty-first stage of the Tour de France cycling race in Paris, France, Sunday, July 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

But in Rio De Janeiro for the Summer Olympics, Sagan is shifting gears to mountain biking, fulfilling a dream. He's a former world junior champion in the discipline.

 

 

Sagan is also a realist about his chances. Here's a sample of some of his modest answers at a news conference on Tuesday: 

_On his expectations:

"I don't hope for anything. I have not raced mountain bike in seven years. A lot of things have changed. I'm here for more personal (reasons). I want to try. I don't expect nothing big. I will give the maximum for sure."

_On returning to the mountain bike:

"Technically, I am not bad. I am not here to lose. Can I win? If I lose, I am not disappointed. If I win, it's so good. I'm here for a result. I'm here to give my best."

_More on his chances in the Olympic race on Sunday:

"I'm not here for the results ... I am here to give my best. We will see what's going to happen. I don't know."

Switzerland's Nino Schurter and France's Julien Absalon are the top favorites.