This is the team that kept the flame of German cycling alive during the 2010s. After the disappearance of Milram in 2010, NetApp-Endura, created at the start of this decade and managed by Ralph Denk, fully took advantage of its wild-card role in its 2014 Tour debut by setting the pack alight in the streets of London, in pursuit of Czech rider Jan Bárta, who finished the event just as honourably as he started, with a third place in the time trial between Bergerac and Périgueux.
More importantly, the team worked as a unit for its leader, another Czech. Leopold König, an excellent climber who had already won a stage in the 2013 Vuelta a España, finished seventh in his first Tour de France before being recruited by Team Sky. Wild cards helped the team to grow, attract sponsors like Bora, Hansgrohe and Specialized, and snap up two stars from the defunct Tinkoff squad: Peter Sagan and Rafał Majka. In 2017, the three-time world champion's first Tour de France with his new team was cut short in Vittel when race officials booted him out of the race on the day after his stage win in Longwy. That was the end of his triumphant streak in green in Paris, but the Slovak bounced back in 2018 with more stage wins, a stint in yellow and another green jersey, bringing his total to a record-equalling six victories in the points classification!
Although the winner of last year's Paris–Roubaix is no longer wearing the rainbow jersey or crushing the opposition in the classics like he used to, he remains the most popular cyclist in the world. However, Bora–hansgrohe's youth development programme is also paying dividends in the shape of German and Austrian prodigies: 2019 Giro points classification winner Pascal Ackermann, recent Tour of Turkey champion Felix Großschartner, Emanuel Buchmann, Patrick Konrad… This is the team that got German cycling back on track.
Overall wins : 0
Stage wins : 5
Secondary classification wins : 1
Yellow jerseys : 1
7: the overall place of rookie Leopold König in the 2014 Tour de France, the first one for the team then known as NetApp-Endura.
18 July 2014: third at Chamrousse behind Vincenzo Nibali and Rafał Majka, Leopold König takes his place among the best climbers of the Tour de France.
15 July 2015: German champion Emanuel Buchmann jumps into the spotlight by finishing third in Cauterets behind Rafał Majka and Dan Martin.
4 July 2017: one day after winning the stage to Longwy, world champion Peter Sagan is booted out of the Tour de France after a hectic sprint into Vittel.
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