Peter Sagan Signs Contract with Team Tinkoff-Saxo
This morning Team Tinkoff-Saxo announced it has signed Peter Sagan.
Tinkoff-Saxo has signed Peter Sagan to a three year contract and he will join the team in 2015 hoping to take his career to an even higher level and reboot himself following a disappointing 2014 season. The Tinkoff-Saxo team is hoping to broaden its strengths which have been lacking in sprints.
Sagan had many suitors, says team manager Bjarne Riis, but he's convinced Tinkoff-Saxo and Sagan is the best match.
"We are happy and proud to present and welcome Peter Sagan on the team in 2015 on a long-term 3-year contract. Peter is without doubt one of the biggest talents in cycling and one of the biggest names already. He has a winning mentality, he's visible and active in the finals and he, without doubt, has the ability to bring home victories," Riis said.
Team owner Oleg Tinkov is also pleased to learn Sagan is transferring to Tinkoff-Saxo from his current Cannondale team at the end of the season. Tinkov was one of the main driving forces behind bringing Sagan to Tinkoff-Saxo.
"Peter Sagan is a great rider and I'm honored to have him on our team. I believe that Tinkoff-Saxo is the best team for Peter and I'm absolutely sure that he'll win many races with us. I am excited," explained Tinkov.
A combined sprinter, puncheur and classics specialist Peter Sagan has, despite his young age, emerged victorious in an array of different races, including seven stages in grand tours and several one-day races. Sagan has also won the points classification three years in a row at the Tour de France.
Riis, however, sees further potential and room for improvement when analyzing the 24-year-old Slovak champion.
"It will be exciting to work with Peter, also for me personally. He's 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 optimize his power, but I believe that we are fully able to help him improve even further. Next year, we'll have a very strong team to support him and to aim for big wins throughout the season," Riis explained.