B&B HOTELS - KTM
No more than five French teams ever competed simultaneously in the Tour de France between 2008 and 2020. Four teams have remained present during this time period: AG2R Citroën Team, Groupama-FDJ, Cofidis and TotalEnergies (as they are called nowadays). Arkéa–Samsic and B&B Hotels have kept the numbers steady despite the disappearance of Agritubel and Crédit Agricole. For the third consecutive year, two Brittany based teams will be on the start line for the Grand Départ in Copenhagen, twelve months after the one in Brest in their native region.
After building its initial project around sprinter Bryan Coquard, who finished second to André Greipel on the Champs-Élysées in 2015 and second to Marcel Kittel in Limoges in 2016 but is still chasing his first WorldTour victory, in 2019 the team managed by Jérôme Pineau recruited the popular 35-year-old climber Pierre Rolland, who clinched a stage win on the Alpe d'Huez in 2011 and another one at La Toussuire in 2012. It went on the offensive in the 2020 Tour, especially in stage 12 from Chauvigny to Sarran, in which it placed two riders in the top 5 (Pierre Rolland in second and Quentin Pacher in fifth) despite having to yield to the breakthrough performance of the race by Marc Hirschi. Coquard achieved a third-place finish in Lavaur (on stage 7) but was unable to sprint to victory in 2020, nor the following year for that matter. Rolland has maintained his temperament but does not have as much influence on mountain stages. However, in 2021 he successfully passed the baton on to Franck Bonnamour in 2021, unleashed on his first Tour at the age of 26 years (6th in Le Creusot, 5th at Tignes and Saint-Gaudens, 9th in Andorra la Vella, 22nd in the overall general classification and voted Most Combative Rider over the entire race).
B&B Hotels-KTM expects Italian rider Luca Mozzato to win more races than Bryan Coquard but the team remains among the minnows of the Tour de France.
- Final victory0
- Stages victory0
- Yellow Jersey0
- Other race Won0
Overall wins: 0
Podium finishes: 0
Stage wins: 0
Secondary classification wins: 1
- 2021: Franck Bonnamour (Most Combative Rider)
Yellow jerseys: 0
4: The number of top 10 finishes accomplished on the 21 stages of the 2021 Tour de France by Franck Bonnamour.
24 January 2018: Julien Morice takes the first win for the team then known as Vital Concept Cycling Club in the time trial stage of the Sharjah Tour (United Arab Emirates).
04 September 2020: Bryan Coquard nets B&B–Vital Concept its first ever top 3 finish on a stage of the Tour de France with third place in Lavaur, right behind Wout van Aert and Edvald Boasson Hagen.
18 July 2021: Franck Bonnamour climbs onto the podium on the Champs-Élysées to receive the Most Combative Rider prize.
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