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Peter Sagan to announce future decision before July

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Sprinter Peter Sagan is expected to announce which team he will ride for in 2015 with the choice reportedly coming down to either Tinkoff–Saxo or his current team Cannondale.

The Slovakian will make the decision before July's Tour de France and it is understood that the choice hinges on the financial aspects of the deal as well as the strength and ambition of the team that will be at his disposal, write Cycling News.

Sagan will undoubtedly target the spring classics and the points jersey at the Tour de France and will require the support of a strong team.

Riders are not allowed to sign new contracts until August 1 due to UCI regulation but it is believed that the pieces are falling into place and Sagan's decision is imminent.

The general doubts about Fernando Alonso's new team seem to have caused Sagan to pull out of any reported contract talks with the Formula One driver's consultant Paolo Bettini.

The Slovakian is the big name of this year's transfer market and his destination could have a huge effect on the many of the other teams.

The 24-year-old is already amongst cycling's biggest stars and is currently having yet another good season with Cannondale. He recently added a Tour of California stage victory to his 2014 portfolio also including a win at E3 Harelbeke, a third place at Gent-Wevelgem and a sixth place finish at the Paris-Roubaix.

Cannondale's future has been in doubt in the past but it is believed that the Italian team's intentions are to stay in the WorldTour in 2015.

The team might register in the USA next year in order to take advantage of the more advantageous contract and tax laws. Despite the fact that only a few of Cannondale's riders are contracted through to next season, the team's ambitions are to boast a competitive team in 2015.

They have offered Sagan what they consider a very good deal and it is now up to the Slovakian to decide.

Cannondale, however, face competition from Oleg Tinkov and the Tinkoff–Saxo team, who also want Sagan and are ready to spend big to get him.

Tinkoff–Saxo already has an excellent stage race squad led by one of this year's Tour de France favourites Alberto Contador, but the classic line-up is not as strong and need rebuilding. Sagan is believed to be the cornerstone of such a renovation.

Team managers Bjarne Riis and Stefano Feltrin control team strategy but the latter has refused to comment. So has Giovanni Lombardi, Sagan's agent, who was at the Tour of California last week.

Sagan has remained in the USA for altitude training before returning to ride the Tour de Suisse, which will be his final preparation ahead of the Tour de France where he will look for stage victories and his third successive green points jersey.

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