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Peter Sagan to leave Bora-Hansgrohe at end of season

Joe Robinson
29 Jul 2021

Reports second division Team TotalEnergies are in pole position to grab Sagan's signature

Three-time road World Champion Peter Sagan will leave Bora-Hansgrohe at the end of the 2021 with reports suggesting he is set to join second division Team TotalEnergies.

The 31-year-old confirmed on his personal website he would be ending his association with the German WorldTour setup after five seasons in what was a 'mutual decision'.

'Today, I would like to announce that a cycle is closing in my professional career and that I will not renew my contract with Bora-Hansgrohe beyond the end of the 2021 season,' Sagan wrote.

'I have no doubt that the five seasons I spent in Bora-Hansgrohe were among the most prolific of my career and some of my most memorable moments happened during that period. I became the first rider to claim three consecutive World Championships, I had the honor of winning Paris-Roubaix. I scored my 100th professional victory while wearing the Bora-Hansgrohe colours, I won my record-breaking seventh green jersey in the Tour de France and my first ever ciclamino jersey in the Giro d’Italia.

'However, after a long and thorough discussion with my own management and under a mutual agreement with Bora-Hansgrohe, we came to the decision that it would be best if my cycle in the team came to a close and that a new chapter opened in my career. Change is part of life and growth.'

According to Dutch website Wielerflits, it is French ProTeam TotalEnergies that are in pole position to win the signing of double Monument winner Sagan in what would be a big three-year deal.

Team manager Jean-René Bernaudeau hinted that an agreement with Sagan was close and that it hinged on American bike manufacturer, Specialized, replacing current bike sponsors Wilier as part of the deal.

It is thought that Specialized is keen to keep Sagan on its bikes – having begun its partnership in 2015 – and are therefore willing to come on board with the team in order to do so.

Following Sagan across to Team TotalEnergies would be Sagan's brother Juraj, Daniel Oss, Maciej Bodnar and Erik Baska as well as Sagan's off-bike 'entourage'.

While Team TotalEnergies rarely struggle with invites to the biggest WorldTour races such as the Tour de France and Paris-Roubaix anyway, the acquisition of Sagan would make their presence at key races a guarantee.

Also leaving the Bora-Hansgrohe team is German sprinter Pascal Ackermann, who is thought to be joining UAE Team Emirates.

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