Peter Sagan to join Bora-Argon 18 in 2017, says Oleg Tinkov
By Matt Westby
Last Updated: 21/07/16 8:12pm
Peter Sagan will join Bora-Argon 18 next season, according to the owner of his current team.
Tinkoff are being disbanded at the end of this year and Sagan is consequently on the market for 2017 and beyond.
In an interview with ITV Sport, Tinkoff owner Oleg Tinkov said: "I believe [Sagan] is the best cyclist now in the peloton. It makes my decision [to close the team] even harder.
"I understand he signed with Bora. I will gladly follow Peter on TV, or over the net, and if I come some time to the race when Peter comes out of the Bora bus, he will not hesitate to take a photo with me."
Bora-Argon 18 are currently a second-tier UCI Pro Continental Tour team but plan to step up to the UCI WorldTour in 2017 and have recruited a new title sponsor in bathroom company Hansgrohe.
Sagan, who is the reigning world road race champion, is already one of the best-paid riders in cycling and Tinkov revealed he will be given a pay rise by his new team.
He added: "According to my information, Bora paid him even more. I mean, that's the market. I know for definite he got more. I'm not going to disclose the number. But he signed for much more money than I paid him - that's a fact."