Peter Sagan will line up at the Tour de France, leading the BORA-Hansgrohe team in normal team kit for the first time. Shane Archbold will not line up for the Tour, with his focus being on the Vuelta a Espana.
It’s a record that most can only dream about. Since 2011 Peter Sagan has won six out of nine Slovakian road races that he’s competed in, and when he’s not been winning national titles he’s been picking up rainbow jerseys instead, three in a row to be exact. But this year he will line up for a shot at a seventh points classification win, with neither a national champion’s or world champion’s jersey to his name. The national title stays in the family though with Juraj Sagan having secured his third national title.
Sagan the elder is not selected to support his brother, with BORA-Hansgrohe taking a well-balanced group of riders to the Tour to challenge for sprints with Peter Sagan, and the overall with Maximilian Schachmann.
Schachmann, at 25 years of age, gets his first start at the Tour de France; and he arrives there in good form. The German took the national title over the weekend and has consistently performed over the week-long stage races and one-day events. He took three stages and the points classification at Itzulia Basque Country, along with stages at Volta Ciclista a Catalunya and top five finishes across Amstel Gold Race, Fleche Wallonne and Liege-Bastogne-Liege.
His grand tour history is a little less easy to chart. In his one and only grand tour, the 2018 Giro d’Italia, Schachmann took one stage win but only finished 31st overall. Whether he has the endurance to consistently perform over the three weeks, or would be better suited to try his hand at the KOM classification and/or try to poach a couple of the more tricky stages is an interesting conversation to have.
Supporting Oss and Schachmann will be an eclectic group including strong men Marcus Burghardt and Daniel Oss and promising mountains rider Gregor Mühlberger.
The BORA-Hansgrohe line up for the 2019 Tour de France is: