German sprinter Pascal Ackermann will also be leaving Bora at the end of the year.
Much has been said about the news, the seven-time Tour de France green jersey winner Sagan is set to join the TotalEnergies team and Ackermann linked to a move to the UAE Emirates team.
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“I have no doubt that my five seasons at Bora-hansgrohe have been among the most prolific of my career and some of my most memorable moments have occurred during that time,” said Sagan, who won this year’s Giro d’Italia points classification. , said in a statement.
“I became the first rider to win three consecutive world championships, I had the honor of winning Paris-Roubaix. I won my 100th professional victory in the colors of Bora, I won my record seventh green jersey on the Tour de France and my very first ciclamino jersey on the Giro d’Italia.
“However, after a long and in-depth discussion with my own management and by mutual agreement with BORA, we decided that it would be better for my cycle in the team to end and for a new chapter to begin in my career. . Change is part of life and growth.
“I am sure BORA will continue to be successful and I wish them all the best for the seasons to come. “
Bora has been involved in lengthy negotiations with Sagan in an attempt to keep the three-time road racing world champion on the team.
And, in an open and honest statement, manager Ralph Denk revealed that the runner’s goals did not match those of the team.
“There are different reasons why we are breaking up now,” he said. “Regarding Peter, we were in negotiations until the end. Of course, I can’t divulge any details, but both sides worked constructively on solutions and we both wanted to move forward together in the future.
“However, we have also developed as a team and we aim to continue this development.
We have already made some strategic decisions and finally Peter decided that there was another option open to him, more in line with his ideas.
“I have all the respect for that.
“We would have liked to continue working with Pascal, but he decided it was time for something new. A change of pace can be significant at times, I can understand that, but I would have preferred him to face the years to come with us.
Ackermann won two stages at the Giro d’Italia 2019 en route to securing the points classification crown on his Grand Tour debut, and won two more stages at La Vuelta 2020.
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Sagan has been one of the biggest draws in professional cycling over the past decade, and the CEO of Bora thanked the Slovak for his enormous influence in helping the team establish themselves as a significant presence in the professional peloton. .
“That a small team like ours was able to sign current World Champion Peter Sagan five years ago was not just a dream come true for me and a real sensation. It was also the best thing that could have happened to us as a team and as a sponsor, ”said Willi Bruckbauer.
We have had great sporting successes and many memorable moments with Peter. He was an inspiration to all of us and a great brand ambassador for Bora.
“But no matter how big the successes, as a person Peter never changed, he remained a humble, friendly and respectful person.
“Personally, I’m sorry that both riders are leaving the team, but the Bora family say a big thank you and send all the best for their future. We are known for hospitality, and this also means that in the future Peter and Pascal will always be welcome in Bora.
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