B&B HOTELS P/B KTM
B&B HOTELS P/B KTM
No more than five French teams ever competed simultaneously in the Tour de France between 2008 and 2020. Four structures (AG2R Citroën, Groupama–FDJ, Cofidis and Total Direct Énergie) are still around, while Arkéa–Samsic and B&B Hotels kept the numbers steady despite the disappearance of Agritubel and Crédit Agricole. Like in 2020, the first time it happened, there will be two teams from Brittany on the start line of the Tour de France, which will get under way in Brest in yet another callback to the 2008 edition.
B&B Hotels had to wait until its third year to receive a wild card, and it got another one this season. 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, it recruited the popular 34-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.
The team managed by Jérôme Pineau 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, Marc Hirschi. Third in stage 7 to Lavaur, 29-year-old Bryan Coquard is still on the hunt for his maiden Tour win.
45 : Bryan Coquard's victories as a pro rider, from stage 2 of the 2013 Étoile de Bessèges to the opening stage of the 2020 Route d'Occitanie.
- Final victory0
- Stages victory0
- Yellow Jersey0
- Other race Won0
Overall wins: 0
Podium finishes: 0
Stage wins: 0
Secondary classification wins: 0
Yellow jerseys: 0
- 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).
- 1 May 2019: Lorrenzo Manzin claims the Tour de Bretagne, the first overall victory of the Breton team.
- 4 September 2020: Bryan Coquard nets B&B–Vital Concept its first ever top 3 finish in a stage of the Tour de France with third place in Lavaur, right behind Wout van Aert and Edvald Boasson Hagen.
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