BORA - HANSGROHE
Since Milram folded in 2010, the team launched by Ralph Denk as NetApp–Endura has become the greatest exponent of the German cycling renaissance. It took full advantage of its wild-card role in its first Tour de France start in 2014, setting the pack alight in the streets of London in pursuit of Jan Bárta. The Czech rider finished the race on the same high note with third place in the time trial between Bergerac and Périgueux.
The team rallied around its leader, fellow Czech Leopold König, an outstanding climber who had already won a stage in the 2013 Vuelta a España and wrapped up his first Tour de France in seventh place. Wild cards helped the squad to develop, gain the support of sponsors such as 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 when race officials booted him out of the race the day after his stage win in Longwy. Even though that marked the end of his triumphant streak in green, the Slovak rebounded with another batch of stage wins and another stint in yellow in 2018, bringing his total in the points classification to six victories that same year and setting an absolute record of seven in 2019.
At age 30, Sagan remains the most popular rider in the international peloton. However, Bora–Hansgrohe's youth development programme is also paying dividends as German and Austrian talent continues to emerge: 2020 Paris–Nice champion Maximilian Schachmann, 2019 Giro points classification winner Pascal Ackermann, Felix Großschartner, Gregor Mühlberger, Lennard Kämna, Patrick Konrad… and especially Emanuel Buchmann, on the hunt for a podium spot after coming fourth in the 2019 Tour de France! This is the team that got German cycling back on track.
- Final victory0
- Stages victories6
- Yellow Jersey1
- Other races Won2
Overall wins: 0
Stage wins: 6
- 2017: Peter Sagan in Longwy and Maciej Bodnar in Marseille
- 2018: Peter Sagan in La Roche-sur-Yon, Quimper and Valence
- 2019: Peter Sagan in Colmar
Secondary classification wins: 2
- 2018: Peter Sagan (points classification)
- 2019: Peter Sagan (points classification)
Yellow jerseys: 1
- 2018: Peter Sagan, one day
A FIGURE 4:
Emanuel Buchmann's position in the final classification of the 2019 Tour de France.
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 before going on to finish seventh overall in the first participation of the German team then known as NetApp–Endura.
15 July 2015: German champion Emanuel Buchmann breaks into the big league after 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 tumultuous sprint into Vittel.
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