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VIDEO: Peter Sagan presents the Pope with a Signed Rainbow Jersey

Three-time world cycling champion Peter Sagan presented Pope Francis with a special bike and a signed Rainbow jersey during a visit to the Vatican

The 27-year-old World Champion, accompanied by his mother, attended the Pope's weekly audience in St. Peter's Square.

Afterwards he presented the pontiff with an autographed world champion cycling jersey and bicycle emblazoned with "Francesco" in yellow and white papal colours.

Sagan has won three consecutive world championships and claimed the Tour de France green points jersey five times.

The Bora team rider won a stage and the points standings in the Tour Down Under which ended last Friday.

Sagan travels for a high-altitude training camp in the Sierra Nevada in southern Spain, before his the first cobbled classic of the season at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Belgium on February 24.

VIDEO: Peter Sagan meets the Pope