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by Mark Zalewski
November 16, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Thomas Dekker publishes book recounting Rabobank doping culture; Fewer tests by French anti-doping agency due to budget shortfalls; Ralph Denk: Bora–Hansgrohe more than team Sagan; Greg Van Avermaet has successful surgery; Degenkolb on leaving Giant-Alpecin; LottoNL-Jumbo adds to 2017 roster; Canyon Bicycles – Shimano team goes UCI Continental for 2017; Giant posts lower global sales; Floating bicycle path proposal for Chicago River; Track World Cup Apeldoorn highlights; Greg Lemond documentary; Revolution Champions League.
Bora – Hansgrohe team manager Ralph Denk has skillfully guided his programme through the professional ranks to the WorldTour for 2017 and now sits on the cusp of being a top team there with the signing of Peter Sagan, who extended his world champion title for another year. But Denk says that the team will be more than ‘Team Sagan’ with goals other than the Classics and sprints.
“Is it all about Peter? No. We have other goals in the Grand Tours’ Leopold König and Rafael Majka, they can perhaps podium in some Grand Tours,” said Denk.
“The group of riders [from Tinkoff] is there, but for sure, my goal and job is to create a team, not just the Bora team and the Sagan team.
“We also have Emanuel Buchmann, he’s the most talented German GC guy. He’s young, 24 [this month], but one year ago he was the national champion. This year, he was 21st in the Tour de France. He has a great future ahead of him. It’s my goal to develop him.”
However, despite wanting to be a well-rounded team, the fact that Sagan is present will mean that he will be a protected rider, as dictated by the amount of sponsorship that comes with him.
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