When Peter Sagan signed up to Bora–Hangrohe in 2017, the team immediately became a force to be reckoned with. Wherever Sagan rides, all eyes are on him. There are very few riders indeed who can do what this Slovakian legend can—his presence alone has prompted the sponsor to sign a deal until the end of 2021 with the team. But luckily there are some other riders in the team to watch out for besides Sagan.
Bora–Hansgrohe’s key riders: Peter Sagan
Peter Sagan’s status is almost larger than life. It isn’t for nothing that the man already has a biography out at the age of 29. Sagan is three-time World Champion and the winner of multiple yellow jerseys at the Tour de France from 11 stage wins in total (so far). He has won the Ronde van Vlaanderen, Paris–Roubaix and the Grand Prix of Quebec, as well as numerous victories in a host of other stage races. His victories alone would make the average team jealous. And in 2019 he’s likely to be in the thick of the action during the Spring Classics and the Tour de France. He will ride both the Amstel Gold Race and Liège–Bastogne–Liège, among others.
Polish rider Rafal Majka has in the past shown that he is an excellent rider when it comes to the major stage races. His best result so far was a 3rd place in the Vuelta a España in 2015. He has also won three stages in the Tour de France, and finished in the top five of the Giro d’Italia. Because he is only 29 years old, he has a few years to go yet. In 2019, he is riding a combination of the Giro and the Vuelta, aiming for good general classifications in both races.
Italian rider Daniel Oss doesn’t win very often. In fact, he only has two minor victories on his palmares. However, he’s a rider you still regularly see on the attack, in the thick of the action. Generally, he seems unable to hold it until the finish line, so it’s often a case of ‘almost, but not quite’. Oss is also an important support rider who Peter Sagan can use to reel in attackers. He’s also good over the cobbles. It’s therefore logical that in 2019 we will see him in action in the Ronde van Vlaanderen, Paris–Roubaix and the Tour de France. So watch out for the guy with big hair flowing from beneath his helmet.
Oscar Gatto is the oldest rider in the team, at 34 years of age. He has shown his skills in the past during smaller stages races and in one-day events. In 2013, he won Dwars Door Vlaanderen and in 2011 he won a stage in the Giro d’Italia. Those are his most significant results. In 2019 his main role will be support rider for the rest of the team.
Although Peter Sagan is the team’s star sprinter, Sam Bennett is a good back-up man. And 2018 was his breakthrough year. He won three stages in the Giro d’Italia and has several exciting battles with Elia Viviani. He has also won stages in minor races, including the Tour of Turkey, and has won the Ronde um Köln twice. In 2019 he has already won a stage in the Vuelta a San Juan in Argentina and stage 7 of the UAE Tour.