BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AFP) — Tour de France green jersey winner Peter Sagan will join Tinkoff-Saxo next season, the Slovak daily Sport said on Tuesday.
It claimed the Russian-owned team would probably officially announce the deal after Thursday’s stage 5 of the Tour of Poland.
“The three-time winner of the green jersey from the Tour de France has signed a contract with the team of Russian entrepreneur Oleg Tinkov,” the report said.
Although the 24-year-old Slovak, currently with Italian team Cannondale, won the Tour’s green jersey for the third year in a row last month, he failed to win a stage this year.
He has had a fairly unsuccessful season by his high standards, with victories at E3 Harelbeke and the Slovakian national road race on his palmares.
He was second in Strade Bianche, third at Gent-Welvelgem, sixth in Paris-Roubaix, and 10th at Milano-Sanremo.
Sagan also finished second in four Tour stages while coming fourth in another four.
Sagan was courted by Astana as well as the new Spanish team being built for next season by Formula One star Fernando Alonso, the report said.