TREK - SEGAFREDO
Trek–Segafredo is the latest incarnation of the Radio Shack and Leopard teams, created in 2010 and 2011, respectively. Both of them used 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. While the two Luxembourgers went into decline after standing on the podium of the 2011 Tour, the Swiss rider remained a bankable asset. He took the inaugural time trial for the fifth time in 2012 (after 2004, 2007, 2009 and 2010) and wore the Yellow Jersey throughout the opening week.
In 2014, the team’s 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 age 29. The next day, Cancellara, the favourite to win the cobblestone stage, had to settle for fifth place. One of the big assets of the American squad was Jens Voigt, who completed his final Tour at the age of 43 years amid an outpouring of affection. The team signed Bauke Mollema to make up for its lack of results. In 2016, the Dutchman, after finishing seventh 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 faltered on the last two mountain stages and ended up in eleventh place 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 that the team run by Luca Guercilena and co-sponsored by Italian coffee company Segafredo recruited Alberto Contador. Already in the twilight of his career, the Spaniard realised that at the age of 34 years he was no longer good enough to fight for the Yellow Jersey (finishing ninth, 8′49″ off the lead). However, he went out with a bang, claiming the daunting Angliru stage on the Vuelta.
Trek Bikes, used to having household names such as Armstrong, Cancellara, the Schleck Bros., Voigt, Ivan Basso and Contador on its roster, signed Richie Porte, who finished eleventh in the 2019 Tour de France after two massive disappointments. The Australian suffered a horrific crash on stage 9 in both 2017 and 2018, the latter on the same day that John Degenkolb, tears running down his cheeks, culminated a sensational comeback with a poignant win in Roubaix Velodrome. Vincenzo Nibali was the latest in a long line of high-profile veterans signed by the American outfit. Giulio Ciccone showed the way with a two-day stint in yellow in 2019, but the long-awaited success only came in 2020, when 35-year-old Richie Porte finished third overall. Bauke Mollema's stage win in Quillan last year helped to keep the flame alive.
- Final victory0
- Stages victories7
- Yellows Jerseys13
- Other race Won0
Overall wins: 0
Podium finishes: 3
- 2011: Andy Schleck, second, and Fränk Schleck, third
- 2020: Richie Porte, third
Stage wins: 7
- 2010: Sérgio Paulinho in Gap
- 2011: Andy Schleck on the Galibier
- 2012: Fabian Cancellara in Liège (prologue)
- 2013: Jan Bakelants in Ajaccio
- 2017: Bauke Mollema in Le Puy-en-Velay
- 2018: John Degenkolb in Roubaix
- 2021: Bauke Mollema in Quillan
Secondary classification wins: 2
- 2010 and 2012: Team classification
Yellow Jerseys: 13
- 2011: Andy Schleck, one day
- 2012: Fabian Cancellara, seven days
- 2013: Jan Bakelants, two days
- 2015: Fabian Cancellara, one day
- 2019: Giulio Ciccone, two days
15: The number of cobbled sectors (totalling 21.7 km) on stage 9 of the 2018 Tour de France, which ended with an emotional triumph for John Degenkolb, back on top of the world after sustaining severe injuries in a horrific accident.
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.
11 July 2019: a month after claiming the mountains classification in the Giro, Tour rookie Giulio Ciccone snatches the yellow jersey from Julian Alaphilippe on La Planche des Belles Filles and keeps it for two days before the Frenchman takes it back.
19 September 2020: 35-year-old Richie Porte becomes the second Australian rider to finish on the podium of the Tour de France, after Cadel Evans.
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