TREK - SEGAFREDO
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. While the Luxembourgers declined after they both stood on the podium of the 2011 Tour, the Swiss rider remained a bankable asset, taking the opening time trial for the fifth time in 2012 (after 2004, 2007, 2009 and 2010) and wearing the yellow jersey throughout the first week.
In 2014, Andy Schleck's hopes were dashed for good as he dropped out in 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 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, 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 in 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 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 age 34 he was no longer good enough to fight for the yellow jersey (ninth, 8′49″ back). However, he went out with a bang, claiming the Angliru stage in 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 huge disappointments. The Australian suffered a horrific crash in 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. Despite signing Vincenzo Nibali as the latest in a long line of high-profile veterans and Giulio Ciccone wearing the yellow jersey for two days last year, Porte and Mollema are still the team's two ace cards going into the 2020 Tour.
- Final victory0
- Stages victories6
- Yellows Jerseys13
- Other races Won2
Stage wins: 6
- 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
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
A FIGURE 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, back on top of the world after sustaining severe injuries in an earlier accident.
6 July 2012: Fabian Cancellara pulls on the yellow jersey for the 27th time in Metz —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.
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.
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