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Press Releases | 03.12.2019

BORA – hansgrohe starts the 2020 season with Ötztal as a new partner

As part of the official team presentation in Kolbermoor at Auto-Eder, who is celebrating its 20th anniversary as a sponsor of Ralph Denk’s team, BORA – hansgrohe presented the region of Ötztal as a new partner. After the most successful season in the young team’s history, BORA – hansgrohe has set ambitious goals for 2020. With five new signings and a total of 27 riders from nine nations, the team is heading confidently into the coming season. After the Classics, the Giro d’Italia is on the program for Peter Sagan for the very first time. Maximilian Schachmann will also be participating in the Italian stage race on the road to the Olympic Games, while Emanuel Buchmann’s season highlight will once again be the Tour de France. Meanwhile, Pascal Ackermann, who will be participating in both the Giro and the Vuelta, will be taking on two Grand Tours in his program for the very first time.

“We have had the most successful season in our history and ended the year in second place in the World Rankings. We were able to improve significantly, in particular at the big stage races, and I’m really pleased about that. We are very satisfied with having achieved positions six, four and six at the Giro, Tour and Vuelta respectively. However, having accomplished this, we’re not going to rest on our laurels and we are already looking towards 2020. We have big plans for next year. Our goals are to take a podium result at a Grand Tour, win a Monument like we did in 2018, and of course we’re also aiming to become the number one cycling team in the world in the future. In order to achieve this, we need the right squad, the right people, and of course sponsors. I am fortunate to be able to work with incredibly passionate partners, who are 100% committed to our journey. I am therefore particularly pleased to have been able to announce the contract renewal of hansgrohe today. I am also just as happy about our new partner Ötztal, whom I welcome wholeheartedly into our cycling family.” - Ralph Denk, Team Manager

“We are pleased to be able to go on tour with this very strong BORA – hansgrohe team. Having a partner such as this squad, one of the most likeable teams in the WorldTour, we’re expecting to see wider media exposure in Germany, the home country of most of our guests, and even beyond. Ötztal has a strong affinity with the sport of cycling and offers a broad and diverse range of attractions for cyclists. On several occasions, we have featured as a stage finish town for the Deutschland Tour and the Tour de Suisse. Since 1982, the Ötztal Bike Marathon has taken place, an event that has set new standards. With this expertise, not only in elite sport, but also in recreational sport, it was a logical step to form a partnership with BORA – hansgrohe.” – Oliver Schwarz, CEO Ötztal Tourism  

“I’m really looking forward to taking to the start of the Giro for the first time. Like in previous years at the Tour de France, my Giro campaign will also be focused on stage wins. My race program has changed somewhat, for instance, I won’t be racing in Australia. In addition to the Giro, my goals will be remaining the same as every year: the Classics in Spring, and the Tour de France.” – Peter Sagan

“Once again, my entire focus will be directed towards the Tour de France. Everything else is secondary to this main goal. My race program will be similar to this year’s. That worked out quite well. I’m sure that I can count on a strong team in July. The course of the Tour should suit me quite well. There are many mountain stages, no team trials and the individual time trial is also something for the climbers. The aim will be to reach the podium, and if I can make a small step forward, then this will be a very achievable goal.” – Emanuel Buchmann

“I am very satisfied with my season. I had a few difficult years and often times a bit of bad luck in decisive moments. This year it was different, and I was able to show than I can compete with the best. I could have possibly netted a better result at the Vuelta and so I will do my utmost in my preparations in order to potentially be in the mix for the fight for a podium place in a Grand Tour in 2020. It would be a dream if I could pull this off at the Giro because I really love this race in particular. The fans are incredible and the atmosphere in Italy is sensational.“ – Rafal Majka  

“For me, Tokyo 2020 is definitely the ultimate goal. The course should suit me well and I am very grateful to the BORA – hansgrohe team for giving me a degree of freedom in my race schedule. Next year, after the Ardennes races, which should be the first highlights of my season, I will tackle the Giro. After that, I will prepare specifically for the Olympics.” – Maximilian Schachmann

“Of course, I would like to soon show my strength in the sprints at the Tour de France and contest stage wins. But the course doesn’t allow for too many sprint finishes. Besides that, Emu needs a powerful team for the mountains. Therefore, it made more sense for me to take on the Giro. Together with Peter, we are well- positioned in the sprints and will certainly be an extremely strong team. I will also ride the Vuelta. I could see what a positive effect my first Grand Tour had on my performance level and that’s why we have decided that in 2020 I will participate in two Grand Tours.” – Pascal Ackermann 

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