We’re very proud of our partner teams that took part at this year’s Tour de France! While Geraint Thomas won the tour for the first time in his career, two riders of LottoNL-Jumbo ended up high in the GC ranking. And not to forget the battles for the other jerseys that were very successful for the Quick Step Floors team and pro cycling team BORA-Hansgrohe! Let’s look back at this year’s edition.
While all eyes were on the fight for the yellow jersey between Geraint Thomas, Tom Dumoulin and Chris Froome, they were followed closely by a Dutch formation of team LottoNL-Jumbo. Both Primoz Roglic and Steven Kruijswijk were riding very strong and could rely on experienced team mates like Robert Gesink. By ending up in 4th and 5th place overall they showed the potential for even better results next year! Behind them Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin) ended up 9th, Bob Jungels (Quick Step Floors) 11th and Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) 12th.
Aside from the general classification, there were also battles for the mountains, points and young rider classification. While the latter was won by Pierre Latour, Peter Sagan took home the green jersey. It was the sixth time that the world champion won the points classification and now equals the record of Erik Zabel! Though the rider of BORA-Hansgrohe crashed his bike in stage 17 and had to go to the hospital for a check-up afterwards, he fortunately could continue the Tour de France. In the mountains classification it was Julian Alaphilippe from the Quick Step Floors cycling team who was unbeatable. The Frenchmen was very strong in the climbing stages and was of course very proud to wear the iconic polka dot jersey.
As in every big multiple stage cycling race there are, unfortunately, some riders who have to give up. Luis Leon Sánchez (team Astana), Tony Martin and Marcel Kittel (both Katusha-Alpecin team) were the first big names of our partner teams that had to leave the race. Stage 12 was a killer stage where we saw the end of Rigoberto Uran (EF – Drapac p/b Cannondale), Fernando Gaviria (team Quick Step Cycling), Rick Zabel (Katusha-Alpecin), Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) and André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal). The 16th stage was frightened by a horrific crash involving Philippe Gilbert. The Quick Step Floors rider misjudged a corner while descending the Col de Portet d’Aspet, hit the low stone border and fell over the edge off a cliff. Luckily, he survived the accident and filled with adrenalin he could continue the stage. Afterwards he had to leave the Tour de France with a fracture in his left kneecap.
Win win win!
The Tour de France included 21 stages in total, twelve of them were won by our partner teams! Sagan won three stages, Gaviria, Alaphilippe and Groenewegen won two stages each and Roglic, Omar Fraile and Magnus Cort also won a race. This makes it a total of four victories for Quick Step Floors, three victories for BORA-Hansgrohe and two victories for LottoNL-Jumbo and Astana. Adding the green and polka dot jersey to this result and you’ll understand why we’re more than happy with our partner teams!
What a great performance, we’re looking forward to next year!