Bidding war has begun for Sagan

May 20, 2014
Category: General 

Let the silly season begin. As several of the riders commented at post-race press conferences during last week’s Amgen Tour of California, Peter Sagan in unique and two days after the Slovak superstar won his fifth consecutive sprint points title in the race through the Golden State, rumors are already swirling about which team he will ride for next year.

The period known as “silly season” typically occurs in July amidst the backdrop of the Tour de France. Teams pursue riders for next season and rumors – many just silly speculations - run rampant about potential deals even though riders are prohibited from signing new contracts before August 1.

The Sagan saga could get complicated. His present team, U.S.-based bike maker Cannondale, would love to keep the 24-year-old who will ride for his third consecutive Tour de France green sprint jersey and they’ve already submitted an enticing offer. In swoops Tinkoff-Saxo, a team currently fashioned for stage race success led by multiple Grand Tour winner Alberto Contador, who would like to procure Sagan’s services in an effort to be more competitive in the high-profile Spring Classics. Fortified with unlimited cash from Russian billionaire Oleg Tinkov, Tinkoff-Saxo rides Specialized bikes, an American competitor of Cannondale. Specialized would love to have Sagan sprinting to victories on one of their machines so they’re behind the effort to lure the highly-coveted athlete away. One scenario has Cannondale outfitting Tinkoff-Saxo, but Contador has a personal sponsorship deal to ride Specialized so that conflict would have to be resolved somehow. But it’s only May and I suspect this story has only just begun...and it could get sillier.