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Peter Kennaugh to leave Team Sky after eight years as 2018 transfer season opens

Two-time British road champion to join Peter Sagan at Bora-Hansgrohe


Former British national road race champion Peter Kennaugh is to leave Team Sky after eight seasons and will join world champion Peter Sagan at Bora-Hansgrohe on a two-year contract starting on 1 January.

The German UCI WorldTour outfit confirmed the signing as cycling’s transfer window opened today, and has also recruited the Italian rider Daniel Oss – a former team mate of Sagan’s at Liquigas-Cannondale – from BMC Racing.

Kennaugh, 28 missed out on a place in Team Sky’s squad for last month’s Tour de France despite claiming a memorable victory on the Alpe d’Huez during June’s Criterium du Dauphiné.

Commenting on the signings, team manager Ralph Denk said: “Oss was always on our list. He is a very reliable rider, performing over the whole season.

“Besides that, he is used to work for big leaders, and in our team, he will play a key role on the side of Peter Sagan in the spring Classics.

“Peter Kennaugh did an excellent job in the past for Sky, he was several times part of the team winning the Tour.

“However, we think he has still potentials to improve as a rider. Being a strong climber, who is also fast in the flat, he should be able to win some stage races, and we want to support his development into this direction.

“Peter will be one of our leaders for one-week tours next year,” Denk added.

Kennaugh, who won the British national road title in 2014 and 2015 and who finished fourth in this year’s race on his native Isle of Man, said: “I am very excited to sign for BORA-Hansgrohe.

“It is a great opportunity for me to begin a new chapter in my career with a team of huge potential.

“Finally, I would like to express my gratitude to all the riders and staff that I have worked with during my time at Team Sky,” added Kennaugh, who joined the team ahead of its debut season of 2010 but whose career has not yet hit the heights many predicted back then.

Other signings announced today include Dutch champion Ramon Sinkeldam moving from Team Sunweb to FDJ as does his existing team mate, the Austrian rider Georg Priedler. Movistar, meanwhile, has signed the Argentine rider Eduardo Sepulveda from Fortuneo-Oscaro.

You can keep up to date with the latest transfers on a dedicated page at Procyclingstats, and we'll be reporting here on about any significant moves.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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RobD | 6 years ago

I hope he does well there, seems like Bora or Dimension Data would be a good fit for him, somewhere where he'd be a more protected rider in the types of races they're looking at targetting, I hope it's not a year or two too late,  although I'm pretty sure he's learnt a lot and developed well at Sky.

Agreed about Alex Dowsett, it's great him being at another big team other than sky, but I don't think he's going to get the chances at some of the biggest races as he'll either be burying himself for a team leader or not making the squad as they seem to be filling the team with even more climbers. Somewhere like BMC or one of the Lottos perhaps?

The _Kaner | 6 years ago
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He probably got fed up with commentators murdering his surname...

Leviathan replied to The _Kaner | 6 years ago

The _Kaner wrote:

He probably got fed up with commentators murdering his surname...

Is it not Ken-yuk?

1961BikiE | 6 years ago

Seems like a good move. He seems to have been a little overlooked the last 2 years by Sky. But that's the difficulty of being on a team with a big roster. Good luck Pete. Plenty of potential yet to be uncovered.

check12 | 6 years ago

Good on Peter K best of luck will be good watching him race for bora, now Alex D needs to leave movistar. 

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