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Meet the team to support Peter Sagan at the Tour de France

Joe Robinson
27 Jun 2018

Strong team built around Sagan's fight for green with inclusion of Rafal Majka for the mountains

Bora-Hansgrohe have announced the team to support road race World Champion Peter Sagan at the forthcoming Tour de France as he looks to take a record-equalling sixth green points jersey. 

The German WorldTour team have opted in taking Sagan's Classics right hand man Daniel Oss as well as Giro d'Italia stage winner and pink jersey wearer Lukas Postlberger.

Both will be relied on to provide Sagan support on the Tour's sprint stages.

Their support will also be vital on Stage 9 to Roubaix via the cobbles of northern France, a stage Sagan will undoubtedly target having won Paris-Roubaix over the same roads earlier in the season.

 

Experienced domestique Marcus Burghardt will take the vital role of road captain while recently-crowned Polish national time trial champion Maciej Bodnar will target repeat stage success after winning Stage 20 of the 2017 Tour.

When the race heads to the mountains, focus will turn to two-time polka dot mountain jersey winner Rafal Majka. The Pole has struggled for form in 2018 but recently managed to finish sixth overall at the Tour of Slovenia.

Rounding off the squad are Gregor Muhlberger and Pawel Poljanski who will both prove indispensable support as the team challenges with both Sagan and Majka for stage wins and jerseys.

The one surprise from this team announcement is the omission of Emmanuel Buchmann. The German has slowly transformed into a competent stage racer with top 10 General Classification finishes this season at Itzulia Basque Country, Tour de Romandie and the Criterium du Dauphine.

Sagan will enter this race looking for redemption after a disastrous 2017 Tour. After having won Stage 3 to Longwy, the 28-year-old found himself booted from the race just 24 hours later being judged to have deliberately caused the crash of Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) in the sprint finish to Vittel.

This unprecedented move to remove the World Champion prevented his fight for a sixth consecutive points jersey. 

He did, however, bounce back from this setback securing a third rainbow jersey in as many years. This season has also been a success so far with Sagan winning Paris-Roubaix, the second Monument of his career.

The 2018 Tour de France gets going on Saturday 7th July with a flat stage from Noirmoutier-en-L'Ile to Fotenay-le-Comte, a stage that Sagan could win.

For the complete start list so far visit the Cyclist Tour de France page here.