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Peter Sagan: ‘We Are Going To Build a Team Around Me’

By Monica Buck

The Slovakian superstar explained in an interview for L’Equipe that Team TotalEnergies was the team that wanted him the most. He now wants to help them grow to UCI WorldTour level.

“We are going to build a team around me and this is what attracts me to the project. It’s pressure, sure, but it’s just been my routine for a long time. It was no different with my old teams.

“When I joined Bora-Hansgrohe in 2016, people also spoke of it as a small team. The real question concerning TotalEnergies is not knowing what kind of team it is at the time I speak to you, but what path it intends to take. I don’t care that they’re not currently on the WorldTour, I want to help it grow.”

Peter Sagan
Sagan before the 2021 UCI Road World Championships. © Profimedia


Sagan explained that the general manager, Jean-René Bernaudeau, went above and beyond to get the three-time World Champion.

“Several teams were interested, but the team of Bernaudeau showed the most respect for me. They really wanted me and they demonstrated it all the time. Every time we had a question, they responded immediately. Sometimes it took weeks for others.”

We sincerely hope it will work out and we’ll see Sagan win the major races again. What do you think? Will it work out?