Bora-Hansgrohe lure world champion Sagan


World champion Peter Sagan has signed a three-year contract with Bora-Hansgrohe from 2017.

The 26-year-old Slovakian has been linked with the German team and Astana recently with his spell at Tinkoff coming to an end after owner Oleg Tinkov opted to withdraw his backing for the team this year.

Sagan has chosen to make the move to Bora-Hansgrohe, an ambitious outfit preparing to step up to WorldTour level next year, to join his brother, Juraj, as well as former Tinkoff team-mates Maciej Bodnar, Michael Kolar and Erik Baska.

The signing of Sagan is a major coup for the team, who have secured the services of a rider who won the points classification at the Tour de France for a fifth successive year last month after winning three stages.

Sagan has also taken the Tour of Flanders title this year and leads the WorldTour rankings.

Team manager Ralph Denk said: "It is a great honour to welcome one of the most popular cyclist of our time in our team. That's why we tried to provide familiar surroundings as far as possible.

"I think Peter's trust in us proves that we did a good job the last years and have solid reputation in the peloton."

"My goal is a well-balanced roster for the 2017 season. With Peter the Classics will be a big highlight for us. But we also want to play a role in the Grand Tours, therefore we still look for new signings."