After weeks of rumors, Peter Sagan and Bora-Hansgrohe formalized today, the first day of transfers for next season, transferring world champion. It will remain free agent after Oleg Tinkov, who has supported the Tinkoff team, he announced that he will retire.
After one last fantastic year in which, besides the title of world champion managed to win his first classic ‘monument’ of his career (Tour of Flanders), but also to get a new green shirt in the Tour (at the end of editions who won three stages and received the title of “super-combativity” tour), Slovakia 26 years is ready for a new challenge.
He chose Bora, the team that not only offered him a contract giant (any “Hulk” was among the top three most highly paid road in the platoon), but assured and a train as, buying them to “pack” brother his Juraj, and Maciej Bodnar, Michael and Erik Kolar Baska.
“It is a great honor his welcome one of the largest and most popular cyclists of our age. I tried to provide an environment familiar and we are confident that the partnership between us will be full of successes,” said team manager CPC Ralpg Denk, according cyclingquotes.
Sagan’s main objective in 2017 will be the spring classics, then in July, to seek sixth consecutive green jersey in the Tour.
Other important move formalized today: Roman Kreuziger (from Tinkoff at Orica), Owain Doull (from Wiggins, the Sky), Nicolas Roche (from Sky, BMC), Valgren and Gatto (from Tinkoff, Astana) .
Bahrain-Merida, Nibali’s team
Today was also made an important announcement to the world of cycling. Future team industries coming from the Gulf, which could have Italian Vincenzo Nibali leader, will be named Bahrain-Merida, after an agreement announced Monday with the powerful Taiwanese bicycle manufacturer.
Merida was present until now in the WorldTour (first division world) as a partner of Italian team Lampre.
According to Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport, this new lineup will see the light of day early in the season 2017 starring charge the manager of South African Brend Copeland and leader Vincenzo Nibali, one of the few riders in history to have won the three rounds (Giro, the Tour, Vuelta)