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Peter Kennaugh signs two-year deal with Bora-Hansgrohe

Joe Robinson
1 Aug 2017

Former British Road Champion Pete Kennaugh leaves Team Sky for Bora-Hansgrohe

The first big transfer news of the summer has been confirmed with Peter Kennaugh moving to German WorldTour team Bora-Hansgrohe

After riding for Team Sky since their inception in 2010, the 28-year-old has agreed a two-year deal with Bora-Hansgrohe that will take him through until the 2020 season.

Kennaugh leaves Ian Stannard, Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome as the remaining riders to have ridden with Team Sky since its creation seven years ago. 

After having missed out on a place in this year's Tour de France, rumours that Kennaugh was on his way out of the British WorldTour side began to circle. 

In an interview on the Bora-Hansgrohe website, Team Manager Ralph Denk has claimed that Kennaugh will be making this move to realise a new role and become a potential stage race contender. 

'Peter Kennaugh did an excellent job in the past for Sky, he was several times part of the team winning the Tour,' he said.

'However, we think he has potential to improve as a rider.

'Being a strong climber, who is also fast in the flat, he should be able to win some stage races, and we want to support his development into this direction.

'Peter will be one of our leaders for one-week tours next year,' he added.

Kennaugh was complimentary about his current team but realises the opportunities that could present themselves at Bora-Hangrohe.

'It is a great opportunity for me to begin a new chapter in my career with a team of huge potential.'

He added, 'I would like to express my gratitude to all the riders and staff that I have worked with during my time at Team Sky.'

Kennaugh will be joined by Italian super-domestique Daniel Oss who will be jumping ship from BMC Racing to add weight in Bora-Hansgrohe's Spring Classics campaign.

After working together previously at Liquigas and Liquigas-Cannondale, Oss will be a key rider for Peter Sagan who will be looking to add to his solitary Monument success - the Tour of Flanders in 2015 - in 2018.