Six stages, Green & Polka Dot jerseys, most combative rider on RED 22
Teams Overcame Setbacks to Shine at 2014 Tour de France
We congratulate our three SRAM RED 22-equipped teams for their accomplishments at le Tour de France. The theme for the three weeks was one of fighting on – and achieving – in the face of adversity.
Cannondale Pro Cycling
Peter Sagan won his third straight green points jersey. This year, his margin of victory was impressive -- 149 points over the second. The multi-talented Slovakian didn’t win a stage but he finished second four times, third once and four three times. In total, he was in the top 10 in 11 stages out of 21 stages. Peter Sagan is only 24 years old and already has a long list of successes in his career and it’s still only the start. During this Tour, Sagan showed he is among the most versatile and consistent riders today. Teammate Alessandro De Marchi recieved the honor of being named Most Combative Rider of the 2014 Tour de France. De Marchi was part of numerous breakaways and was aggressive throughout the three weeks.
With the loss of leader Alberto Contador, Tinkoff-Saxo stepped up to become one of the race’s inspiring storylines with three stage victories and the polka dot climber’s jersey. Rafal Majka of Poland took two Stages, including the Queen Stage in the Alps and another high mountain stage in the Pyrénées. In addition to those stage successes, Majka rode aggressively throughout the mountain stages to capture the polka dot jersey. What’s more, veteran Michael Rogers took his first Tour victory at Bagnères-de-Luchon in Stage 16.
Omega Pharma – Quick-Step
With star sprinter Mark Cavendish out of the Tour after a dramatic Stage 1 crash, Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Pro Cycling took the incredibly strong riders from its sprint train and set them loose to win three stages.
First, Matteo Trentin, lead by Michal Kwiatkowski in the final meters, won the sprint by a tire in Nancy (Stage 7). Then Tony Martin redefined himself, expanding his already expansive limits. Martin, a three-time world time trial champ, has been a super domestique for teammate Michal Kwiatkowski. On a hilly Stage 9, Martin blazed his own trail to claim his first road-stage victory at the Tour. The victory in the mid-mountain stage into Mulhouse earned Martin the polka dot jersey for a day. Martin lived up to his lofty expectations in the race against the clock to win the Tour’s lone time trial, a grueling 54km solo test on Stage 20.
Images of Peter Sagan, Rafal Majka and Alessandro De Marchi ©Tim De Waele