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by Mark Zalewski
August 2, 2016
In Tuesday’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Mateos wins in Portugal, Vinhas retains lead; Sagan and Specialized ink three year deal with Bora-hansgrohe; Nicolas Roche confirms move to BMC Racing Team in 2017; Kreuziger joins Orica-BikeExchange, aims to help team’s young riders in Grand Tours; RideLondon sportive rider dies of cardiac arrest; Rio velodrome given Aussie stamp of approval; Hesjedal to retire at end of season; Lobato signs with LottoNL-Jumbo; Merida to sponsor Bahrain Cycling Team; Tinkov blasts UCI decision to ban Russian cyclists from Olympics; Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic: On-board highlights; OBE Backstage Pass: Classica San Sebastian; How many bikes do you own?
Bora-hansgrohe’s long-stated plans to move up to WorldTour level have received a massive boost with confirmation that world road race champion Peter Sagan will compete with the team from 2017.
Specialized, which has had a successful partnership with Sagan this year on the Tinkoff team, has announced that it has signed a three year agreement with the German squad. As part of this deal, all of the riders will use the company’s bikes, helmets, shoes, tires and Roval wheels.
Significantly, Specialized’s agreement has played a major part in Sagan heading to the squad. He is rumoured to have a salary of six million euro per year, and it seems likely the American company will pay a significant chunk of that.
It has said that he will use the company’s road and mountain bikes ‘this summer and in seasons to come.’
Specialized previously helped pay the wages of Alberto Contador, who will leave the Tinkoff team at the end of the season. He is rumoured to be heading to Trek-Segafredo and the end of his partnership with Specialized will free up cash for Sagan and Bora-hansgrohe.
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