Slovak prodigy Peter Sagan has signed a three-year contract with Tinkoff-Saxo and will take two riders to the WorldTour team with him in 2015.
Maciej Bodnar as well as Sagan’s brother, Juraj, will also transfer from Cannondale and join the outfit that is also home to Spaniard Alberto Contador.
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Sagan’s signature has been highly sought after with reports linking him to several teams throughout the year.
“Peter is without doubt one of the biggest talents in cycling and one of the biggest names already,” said Tinkoff-Saxo manager Bjarne Riis. “He has a winning mentality, he’s visible and active in the finales and he, without doubt, has the ability to bring home victories.
“It will be exciting to work with Peter also for me personally,” Riis continued. “He has a huge talent and he’s already very strong but I believe he has even more potential than what we’ve seen so far. He still has a lot to learn about the tactical aspects of cycling to fully optimise his power but I believe that we are fully able to help him improve even more.
“Next year we’ll have a very strong team to support him and to aim for big wins throughout the season.”
Speculation as to how the three-time maillot vert champion Sagan and general classification contender Contador will co-exist at races like the Tour de France has already been raised and no doubt will be a talking point going forward.
Sagan had been linked to both Astana and the seemingly stalling Alonso project. It is understood representatives from the latter have been in contact with rider agents recently having previously gone quiet.
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