BORA - hansgrohe (BOH)

Bora is a specialist in cooking systems, and Hansgrohe in bathrooms and bathroom fittings. The team colours are black with white lettering and turquoise elements.

The German cycling team spent the last two years at the Pro Continental level as Bora-Argon 18. Moving up into the top WorldTour racing category was a major undertaking, however. The biggest missing piece of the puzzle was additional naming sponsor Hansgrohe along with reigning world champion Peter Sagan, who with his entourage has brought bike brand Specialized on board. Meanwhile, the team has built itself up with some strong racers, such as the Czech Leopold Konig (from Sky) and Germany’s Marcus Burghardt (from BMC).

With 13 stage victories in the Tour de Suisse, Sagan is the sole record holder of stage victories since last year. Are there any more in store for him in 2017? The course seems tailored just for the 27-year-old Slovak. In any case, a sprint finish in four of the nine stages during this year’s Tour de Suisse shouldn’t be ruled out.