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by Shane Stokes
August 2, 2017
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Critérium du Dauphiné stage winner and double British road race champion Peter Kennaugh has completed a deal to move from Team Sky to Bora-hansgrohe, with the experienced Italian Daniel Oss also moving there following five seasons with the BMC Racing Team.
The German squad announced the news on Tuesday, the first day UCI rules permit such contract signings to be made public. Oss is reuniting with past teammates Peter Sagan and Marcus Burghardt, and should add horsepower to the lineup for sprint stages, team time trials and Classics.
“I am happy to join again my former teammates Peter and Marcus. There is also another friend and rider from Trentino in the team, Cesare Benedetti, so I am sure we will have lots of fun,” said Oss. “Bora-hansgrohe has ambitious goals in our sport and I looked for a new challenge after five years at BMC.”
Kennaugh is similarly pleased to be able to turn the page and will be a protected rider in week-long stage races in 2018. “It is a great opportunity for me to begin a new chapter in my career with a team of huge potential,” he said.
Bora-hansgrohe manager Ralph Denk feels that both will slot in well. “Oss was always on our list. He is a very reliable rider, performing over the whole season,” he said. “Besides that, he is used to work for big leaders, and in our team, he will play a key role on the side of Peter Sagan in the spring Classics. Peter Kennaugh did an excellent job in the past for Sky, he was several times part of the team winning the Tour. However, we think he has still potentials to improve as a rider. Being a strong climber, who is also fast in the flat, he should be able to win some stage races, and we want to support his development into this direction.”