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by Shane Stokes
December 8, 2017
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The Bora-hansgrohe team of world champion Peter Sagan has unveiled a reworked team kit for the coming season, showing off the design at its presentation in Schiltach, Germany, on Thursday.
At the launch, Sagan spoke about the changes to his life. “Becoming a father is a natural and important part of a man’s life. There is no doubt that the birth of Marlon was one of the happiest moments in my life. Both, Kate and him are doing great and I’m sure I will cherish every moment I spend with them.” Sagan also revealed that team manager Ralph Denk had to have the rider’s logo tattooed onto his left ankle as a result of Sagan’s third consecutive world title.
Denk reflected on the team’s 2017 year. “It was a tough season with lots of ups and downs. The crash in Flanders, the punctures in Roubaix, then the Tour – a lot of times we had to fight back,” he said. “But taking over 30 wins in our first WorldTour season, and being one of just three teams that could win at least one stage in every Grand Tour, makes me proud. I think we achieved a lot.
“Now it’s more about the details. Last year was a big step up for us and it’s almost impossible to make everything right from the beginning. During the winter, we will work on a lot of performance projects, aerodynamics, training, nutrition. I feel we can do better than we did this season and everybody in the team is focused on improvements.”
He laid out ambitious goals for 2018. “We want to win one of the Monuments, take a top five result in one of the Grand Tours, take the green jersey in the Tour and secure a top five spot in the WorldTour team ranking at the end of the season.”