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Tinkoff-Saxo launch newly-crowned World Champion Peter Sagan at Abu Dhabi Tour

With three flat sprinters’ stages out of four at the highly anticipated inaugural Abu Dhabi Tour there should be plenty of terrain for Peter Sagan to make his mark on the race wearing his rainbow stripes for the first time. Tinkoff-Saxo lines up a squad of six riders assembled to offer Peter Sagan maximum assistance in the fast action.

For Abu Dhabi Tour, Tinkoff-Saxo sends in the new World Road Race Champion Peter Sagan accompanied by Daniele Bennati, Matteo Tosatto, Juraj Sagan, Manuele Boaro and Bruno Pires.

On the verge of his first race as World Champion, Peter Sagan notes that he feels excited about taking to the roads of Abu Dhabi.

“I am intrigued by this new race in Abu Dhabi and it is always nice for the sport of cycling to visit new places and reach new fans. It will be my first race wearing the World Champion jersey and I will do my best to honor it”, comments Peter Sagan.

With stages 1,2 and 4 offering mostly flat roads and fast action with possible crosswind conditions, team sports director Tristan Hoffman is clear in his verdict of the team’s goals.

“Our ambition is to win a stage with Peter Sagan. This race concludes the 2015 season and we enter it with hopes of making our mark on the action. It will not only be nice to win here but it will also be a special occasion, as it’s the first time that Peter will ride in his rainbow jersey. If we can win, that’s another question – the competition is hard and many riders want to finish the season with a win. However, Peter has a first class lead-out man in Bennati and the team is motivated”, says Tristan Hoffman before adding:

“Stage 1,2 and 4 are mainly flat, while stage 3 finishes on top of a hard climb. On the flat stages, we have to be aware of any crosswind, as there are a lot of kilometers in the dessert with open terrain. If there’s wind, the flat stages can become very hard. We have to be at the front of the action but we’ll see how our exact approach will be depending on how the stages evolve. Stage 2 starts at the Yas Marina Formula 1 circuit, which is pretty cool but we naturally have our focus on the stage finishes”.

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About Tinkoff-Saxo

Tinkoff-Saxo is a UCI WorldTour pro cycling racing team that is owned by Russian entrepreneur Oleg Tinkov with the explicit aim to become the greatest cycling team in the world.

Tinkoff Bank is the team’s main title sponsor and innovative provider of online retail financial services operating in Russia through a high-tech branchless platform. The bank was founded in 2006 by a Russian entrepreneur Oleg Tinkov to service clients in the Russian financial services market. In 2009, the bank started to attract retail deposits, and is a member of the national deposit insurance system.Being one of the leaders in the Russian credit card market, as of 1 March 2015, the bank issued over 5 mn credit cards.

In 2013, The Banker magazine, the world’s premier banking and finance resource and Financial Times Group member, named Tinkoff Bank the Bank of the Year and the most profitable bank in Russia. In 2012, Global Finance magazine and Banki.ru portal presented Tinkoff Bank with the Best Internet Retail Bank in Russia award. In 2014 and 2013, Tinkoff mobile bank app was recognized the best by Deloitte, and in 2014, the internet bank of Tinkoff Bank was deemed the most effective in Russia by Markswebb Rank & Report agency.

Saxo Bank is a leading online trading and investment specialist, offering private investors and institutional clients a complete set of tools for their trading and investment strategies. Its financial community portal, TradingFloor.com, is the first multi-asset social trading platform. A fully licensed and regulated European bank, Saxo Bank enables clients to trade FX, CFDs, ETFs, Stocks, Futures, Options and other derivatives on our award-winning SaxoTrader platform, accessible on PCs, tablets or smartphones through a single account and available in more than 20 languages. The platform is white-labelled by more than 100 major financial institutions worldwide. Saxo Bank also offers professional portfolio and fund management as well as traditional banking services through Saxo Privatbank. Founded in 1992, Saxo Bank is headquartered in Copenhagen and has offices in 25 countries throughout Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, Africa and Australia.

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