Sagan signs with Tinkoff-Saxo

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Slovakia's Peter Sagan celebrates at the end of the 15th stage of the Tour de France in Nimes, on July 20, 2014
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Slovakia's Peter Sagan celebrates at the end of the 15th stage of the Tour de France in Nimes, on July 20, 2014 (AFP Photo/Eric Feferberg)

Bratislava (AFP) - Tour de France green jersey winner Peter Sagan will join Tinkoff-Saxo next season, the Slovak daily Sport said on Tuesday.

It claimed the Russian-owned team would probably officially announce the deal after Thursday's stage of the Tour of Poland.

"The three-time winner of the green jersey from the Tour de France has signed a contract with the team of Russian entrepreneur Oleg Tinkov," the daily said.

Although the 24-year-old Slovak, currently with Italian team Cannondale, won the Tour's green jersey for the third year in a row last month, he failed to win a stage this year.

He has had a fairly unsuccessful season by his high standards, with victory at E3 Harelbeke his only major win this season, other than the Slovakian national road race.

He was 2nd in Strade Bianche, 3rd at Gent-Welvelgem, sixth in Paris-Roubaix and 10th at Milan-San Remo.

He also finished second in four Tour stages while coming fourth on another four.

Sagan was courted by Astana as well as the new Spanish team being built for next season by Formula One star Fernando Alonso, the daily said.

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