Bora-Hansgrohe's evolution from Peter Sagan's team at the Tour de France

Bora-Hansgrohe at the Tour de Francee (Image credit: Getty images Sport)

When Peter Sagan signed for Bora-Hansgrohe in 2017 everything changed for what had up until then been a modestly run German ProConti squad. The team moved up to the WorldTour and became the Peter Sagan show.

The profile of the then two-time world champion (he’d win the rainbow stripes again in his first year with the team) couldn’t have been higher; when Sagan’s signing was confirmed on August 1 2016, it came in a season where he won a debut monument at the Tour of Flanders and a week after a hat-trick of stage wins at the Tour de France, including another green jersey.

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Sophie Hurcom is Procycling’s deputy editor. She joined the magazine in 2017, after working at Cycling Weekly where she started on work experience before becoming a sub editor, and then news and features writer. Prior to that, she graduated from City University London with a Masters degree in magazine journalism. Sophie has since reported from races all over the world, including multiple  Tours de France, where she was thrown in at the deep end by making her race debut in 2014 on the stage that Chris Froome crashed out on the Roubaix cobbles.