Peter Sagan and TotalEnergies are preparing for a season “full of ambitions”


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The TotalEnergies team has closed its list and is starting to prepare for a season focused on Peter Sagan “full of ambition”.

The France team confirmed on Monday that they have completed their roster of 26 riders for 2022, with the new Sagan and his big budget entourage in the headliner.

“We will have a balanced group in 2022 which will have to be present in the various races. It is true that the classic division will obviously have a very interesting strike force with Peter Sagan and Anthony Turgis, ”said sporting director Benoit Genauzeau. “Our leaders will be fortunate to be supported by very valuable team members.”

TotalEnergies recently announced the contract extension of classics mainstay Niki Terpstra and the signing of Sagan’s brother Juraj as she heads into a highly anticipated season focused on her battery of new signings.

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Sagan, currently in the headlines for his drunken brawl with French officials earlier this year, scored three WorldTour victories in 2021 after missing the majority of classics after a COVID fight.

He will be joined by his suite of longtime collaborators and wingers Daniel Oss and Maciej Bodnar at TotalEnergies. Cycling partner Specialized also follows the Slovak ace from Bora-Hansgrohe to the second division team.

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Sagan et Cie join a strong group of one-day runners as the three-time world champion sets out in a hunt for the trademark victory that has eluded him since his heyday in the middle of the last decade. Turgis was the revelation of this year’s classics with five top 10 rankings, while famous veterans Terpstra and Edvald Boasson Hagen give extra firepower.

The 26-rider set are now looking to traditional pre-competition hospitality meetings, equipment and training kilometers ahead of Sagan’s season debut at La Vuelta in San Juan on January 30.

“The whole team will first pack their bags from December 7 to 17 in Calpe [southern Spain] to lay the groundwork for our next season. Unfortunately, that couldn’t have been the case last year. COVID-19 had forced us to cancel this first gathering, ”said Genauzeau. “We will meet later at the same location from January 11 to 21 for a second block of work before the races resume.”

TotalEnergies will also look to pillars Niccolò Bonifazio and Pierre Latour to deliver results in 2022 as it looks to a longer term future in the WorldTour.

“After taking the traditional annual report, we have laid the foundations for next season with the riders,” said Genauzeau. “Niccolò Bonifazio will have a big challenge in the sprints. Pierre Latour will be expected in the stage races.


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