Trek–Segafredo is the new avatar of the RadioShack and Leopard teams, created in 2010 and 2011, respectively. Both of them rode Trek bicycles but failed to achieve the desired results, apart from winning the team classification in 2010 and 2012 and the flashes of brilliance of Fabian Cancellara and the Schleck brothers. Although the Luxembourgers wavered since they both stepped onto the podium of the 2011 Tour, the Swiss rider has remained a valuable asset, taking the opening time trial for the fifth time in 2012 (after 2004, 2007, 2009 and 2010) and wearing the yellow jersey the first seven days.
In 2014, Andy Schleck's hopes were dashed for good as he dropped out on the fourth stage with his knee so badly injured that he had to bring his career to a premature end at the age of 29 years. The next day, Cancellara, the favourite to win the stage on the cobbles, had to make do with fifth place. The American team was distinguished by the swelling of genuine affection for Jens Voigt, who completed his final Tour at age 43. The team recruited Bauke Mollema to make up for its lack of results. In 2016, the Dutchman, 7th in 2015 in his first year with Trek, was still second in the general classification the day after the stage 18 time trial in Megève, but he struggled in the last two mountain stages and finished 11th overall. He finally claimed a solo win in Le Puy-en-Velay in 2017, halfway between the Alps and the Pyrenees, in the same season when the team run by Luca Guercilena and co-sponsored by Italian coffee company Segafredo recruited Alberto Contador. In the twilight of his career, the Spaniard realised that at the age of 34 he was no longer good enough to fight for the yellow jersey (ninth, 8′49″ back). He nevertheless went out with a bang, claiming the Angliru stage in the Vuelta.
Now that it no longer has household names such as Cancellara, the Schleck Bros., Voigt, Basso or Contador, Trek Bikes has signed Richie Porte as its leader for the Tour de France. The Australian, often touted as an outsider, will be looking to make amends for the huge disappointment of crashing out of the race in stage 9 in both 2017 and 2018. Along with Mollema, who finished fifth in the 2019 Giro, John Degenkolb remains the team's other major asset. Seeing the German burst into tears in the Roubaix Velodrome last year packed a very emotional punch as the culmination of a sensational comeback story.
Stage wins: 6
Secondary classification wins: 2
Yellow jerseys: 11
15: The number of cobbled sectors (totalling 21.7 km) in stage 9 of the 2018 Tour de France, which ended with an emotional triumph for John Degenkolb, now back on top of the world after sustaining severe injuries in an earlier accident.
6 July 2011: Janez Brajkovič becomes the first of RadioShack's four leaders to quit the Tour due to a fall between Carhaix and Cap Fréhel. The same fate awaits Chris Horner and Andreas Klöden, with only Levi Leipheimer (31st) making it to the end.
6 July 2012: In Metz, Fabian Cancellara pulls on the yellow jersey for the 27th time —a record for a rider who has never won the Tour de France.
16 July 2017: Leaving teammate Alberto Contador to focus on the general classification, Bauke Mollema finally gets his first Tour stage win in Puy-en-Velay after several near-misses.
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