Bahrain Victorious capped off a successful Tour, winning the best team award at the Tour de France. The team donned yellow helmets and numbers throughout most of the race.
The team managed to beat EF Education Nippo by over 19 minutes to secure the classification in addition to three stage wins and a top ten finish in GC. Wout Poels also put in a great fight for the best climber classification, only narrowly missing out to the race winner Tadej Pogacar (UAE Emirates).
The team went through a challenging period early on, after team leader Jack Haig abandoned on stage 2 after a bad crash. The team responded well as Matej Mohoric rode away from the peloton in the breakaway, winning stage 7.
The momentum continued for the team the following day, as Dylan Teuns took his chances in the break, securing back to back wins for Bahrain Victorious on stage 8. Mohoric then added to his tally on stage 19, again successful through the breakaway on stage 19.
Rolf Aldag, Bahrain Victorious SD: “It’s been an incredible experience for all of us. Like in the Giro we unfortunately lost our GC leader Jack. We then had to re strategise and we took our chances in the breakaway which paid off with back to back stage wins with Matej and Dylan. After that, we had to look at our place in GC where Pello kept up the fight to place in the top 10.
Obviously, we had a hard night after stage 17, but we kept going and got another stage win with Matej. It would have been really nice to get Wout to secure the Polka Dot Jersey, but it wasn’t to be and it was always going to be hard against someone like Pogacar. Overall, to finish on the podium as a team is a special moment and a memorable one for all of us.”
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— Simona Mazzoleni to bahraincyclingteam.com