2018 Edition

Stages won 3
Overall ranking 18
Competitors in race 8
Sporting managers : POITSCHKE Enrico / VALACH Jan https://www.bora-hansgrohe.com/en

BORA - HANSGROHE

This is the team that kept the flame of German cycling alive. 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 the day after his stage win in Longwy. Sagan was disqualified for causing Cavendish to crash in the sprint finish in Vittel. Although that broke his five-year streak with the green jersey in Paris, the Slovac rider went back to his winning ways on French roads by clinching this year's Paris–Roubaix.

In Sagan, Bora–Hansgrohe has the most popular rider in the peloton. However, its youth programme is also paying dividends in the shape of German and Austrian prodigies: Emanuel Buchmann, Pascal Ackermann, Patrick Konrad, Felix Großschartner… This is the team that got German cycling back on track.

  • Final victory 0
  • Stages victories 2
  • Yellow Jersey 0
  • Other race Won 0

Overall wins : 0

Stage wins : 2

  • 7: Peter Sagan in Longwy and Maciej Bodnar in Marseille

Secondary classification wins : 0

Yellow jerseys : 0

A FIGURE

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.

MILESTONES

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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