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Report: Bora-Argon 18 to sign Sagan and add Hansgrohe as naming rights sponsor

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Bora team manager Ralph Denk with Christian Prudhomme

Bora team manager Ralph Denk with Christian Prudhomme
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The Bora-Argon 18 team have a special jersey for the Tour this year to commemorate the 2017 grand depart in Düsseldorf

The Bora-Argon 18 team have a special jersey for the Tour this year to commemorate the 2017 grand depart in Düsseldorf
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Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) wins stage 2 at Tour de Suisse

Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) wins stage 2 at Tour de Suisse
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Rafal Majka (Tinkoff)

Rafal Majka (Tinkoff)
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Dylan Groenewegen, Erik Baska and Gianni Meersman on the Handzame Classic podium

Dylan Groenewegen, Erik Baska and Gianni Meersman on the Handzame Classic podium
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Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad is reporting German Pro-Continental team Bora-Argon 18 will confirm Hansgrohe as a naming rights sponsor with bicycle sponsor Specialized also coming onboard which has allowed for the singing of world champion Peter Sagan, his brother Juraj, Polish champion Rafa MajkaMichael Kolar and Erik Baska.

Bora-Argon 18 are scheduled to hold its pre-Tour de France press conference at 1:45pm today, to confirm the arrival of Hansgrohe as a sponsor. Hansgrohe are a bathroom products manufacturer with previous involvement in cyclo-cross, recently sponsoring the Superprestige series.

Regarding the signing of Sagan, Het Nieuwsblad adds that the deal was made possible by Specialized who are to end its sponsorship of the Astana team at the end of this season.

The Tinkoff quartet are free to join Bora with team owner Oleg Tinkov withdrawing his sponsorship at the end of the 2016 season. Just as in the 2014 season, Sagan has been centre of the transfer market with several signings dependent on his momvent.

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