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Team News | 06.04.2019

Sagan: Not being the top favourite for once also has its advantages

At today’s BORA – hansgrohe press conference, Peter Sagan appeared confident. Looking towards De Ronde, although the absence of Jempy Drucker and Oscar Gatto will be felt, Sagan will still have a strong team in attendance to support him. 

“I was able to recover over the last week and I trained well. I did everything that I felt was necessary. Now we will see how it goes. It is of course a real shame that Oscar and Jempy will not be lining up to race. They have worked very hard and would have deserved to be there, but despite their absence, we will still have a good team heading into the race. This year, there are several favourites. Perhaps this time, I won’t be the one who is being watched by everyone, and that can also have its advantages. In any case, we have to concentrate on ourselves, and ride our own race.” – Peter Sagan

“We can be very happy with our season so far, in which we have already claimed 11 victories. At the moment, a Monument is still missing from this collection, however, there will still be opportunities over the coming weeks. The crashes and injuries that have occurred over the last weeks have, without doubt, been felt within the team. Peter’s illness was also hardly an optimal situation, but sometimes there’s just not much one can do about these things. The team is working very diligently to ensure that everyone who is affected will return to fitness as soon as possible. Reflecting on the last few results, I think that we have a good team for Flanders and Roubaix, and also a very strong squad for the Ardennes this year. I think the team will be a force to be reckoned with over the next few weeks, and if we hit our targets, to get one of the big wins, then I will definitely be very satisfied.” – Ralph Denk, Team Manager

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