Sam Bennett returns to Bora-hansgrohe, Danny van Poppel, Shane Archbold and Ryan Mullen join him
Aug 04 2021 05:22 am CET

Sam Bennett returns to Bora-hansgrohe, Danny van Poppel, Shane Archbold and Ryan Mullen join him
Sam Bennett returns to Bora-hansgrohe, Danny van Poppel, Shane Archbold and Ryan Mullen join him
Bora-hansgrohe

Sam Bennett is set to return to Bora-hansgrohe after two years in Deceuninck-Quick-Step. Danny van Poppel, Shane Archbold and Ryan Mullen has also received two-year contracts.

It's been two years since Bennett left for Deceuninck-Quick-Step but after a season in which he seemed to disagree with the Belgian team, the Irishman is set to return to the German formation. In this new part of his career, the rider will be accompanied again by Archbold, as well as Mullen and Van Poppel.

"I am very excited about returning to Bora–hansgrohe," Bennett said. "I had six incredible years with this team, and I really feel like I grew up as a pro rider during this period. It was a really difficult decision to leave, but I decided I needed to continue my professional and personal development in a new environment. While some may have questioned my decision at the time, I believe it is the right move for me to return to Bora-hansgrohe. I have enjoyed two great years at Deceuninck-Quick-Step, my boyhood dream team, and have continued my development both on and off the bike whilst making lifelong friendships.

"However, I feel ready to go back home to be the team leader that I want to be, and know Bora-hansgrohe also wants me to be. I know the team will have a slightly different roster than when I left, but the core group of people who are responsible for the team's successful environment remains. I am ready to embrace the role of a team leader, to help drive the team forward, so we can win together."

"I am really looking forward to the new challenge, because Bora-hansgrohe is a very professional team," stated Van Poppel. "For me, a new chapter of my career will be starting, because until now I have always been a sprinter, and now I will fully concentrate on the lead-out. So I will support Sam to the best of my ability.

"It's going to be exciting. Sam is not only one of the fastest men in the field, he's also a really nice guy. In my new role I will probably have to learn a lot. On the other hand, I am very experienced in sprinting, so that makes me confident that we will be very successful for Bora-hansgrohe."




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