Nils Politt will leave Israel Start-Up Nation for BORA-hansgrohe at the end of the season. With the German squad, the all-rounder signed a three-year deal. He must strengthen the classical core there.
Team boss Ralph Denk is delighted with the new addition. “We have been interested in Nils for some time, but that is no secret. I think the consistent path BORA-hansgrohe takes eventually convinced him. Nils is of course a reinforcement for our classic team, but we also still see potential in him as a rider. We want to fully develop this in the coming years, as we already did with riders like Ackermann, Buchmann and Schachmann. ”
For Politt (26), his transfer feels like a reunion with his childhood friends. “That made the choice quite easy for me. I have known several riders for a number of years and I look forward to racing with them. We have a very strong team for the classics next year and that is also a new situation for me. In recent years, I have often been a lone warrior, so to speak, in those races. Tactically this will certainly offer us a lot of possibilities. ”
Politt signed his first professional contract with Katusha for the 2016 season, where he would ride for four seasons. During that period, he turned into a true classic specialist and finished fifth in the Tour of Flanders in 2019 and second in Paris-Roubaix a week later, after having to recognize his superior in Philippe Gilbert in a sprint on the famous cycling track. Now he races for Israel Start-Up Nation, but already after a season he closes that chapter.