In an interview, Ralph Denk, the general manager of the formation Bora-Hansgrohe, tried to put down the controversy related to his remarks on Peter Sagan, while ensuring that his Slovak sprinter was not on the start.
The future of Peter Sagan is definitely talking. The Slovak sprinter (31), a resident of the Bora-Hansgrohe training since 2017, is announced on the start and could bounce back on the side of the Belgian team Deceuninck-Quick Step, according to information from The team. However, this Tuesday, Ralph Denk, manager of Bora-Hansgrohe, obviously did not consider parting with his protégé and denied these rumors, in an interview with the Allgemeine Zeitung: ” Peter Sagan is part of the DNA of our team and feels very comfortable with us. His contract expires at the end of the year and we are currently negotiating an extension. What has been said by the media must be corrected, the negotiations will take time, nothing has been decided and we will see what the result will be. “
However, a few days ago, this same Ralph Denk seemed to question the qualities of Peter Sagan. The leader had declared, to the Kölner Stadtanzeiger: “ We are very grateful for what Sagan has done for us. But he is entering the fall of his career. He’s one of the highest paid pros in the pack. We just have to sort things out: Do we still want to afford it? Or is it better to invest that money in younger runners? “
For his part, Peter Sagan had not failed to react to the words of his boss, in comments reported by Cyclingnews: ” I don’t know if Ralph said exactly what was written in the media, I haven’t read it and sometimes a line in an interview is taken out of context. Honestly, I don’t feel old. I’m 31, I don’t feel like I’m in the fall of my career and I think I’ve shown that I can still win races even though my spring has been hampered by the Covid-19. If he thinks he doesn’t need me to win races for the team, I would be the first to try and find a team that really wants me. “