NTT Pro Cycling’s Michael Gogl had a day he won’t forget as he went on a courageous breakaway on stage 15 of the Tour de France that featured brutal climbs and rapid descents. The Austrian was only reeled in on the slopes on the day’s final climb, the Grand Colombier, his daring hope of victory dashed as the contenders in the battle for the general classification took a grip in the final 15km of the day. The Austrian was heavily involved in forming the day’s eventual breakaway which was chipped away over the stage that featured three major climbs. Despite losing some distance on some of the steeper inclines he used his superb descending skills to take back time, and open up his own advantages. Gogl was eventually caught with.
NTT Pro Cycling’s Michael Valgren rode strongly to finish in the maillot jaune group on a tough stage 14 of the Tour de France. Team Sunweb’s Soren Kragh Andersen broke away in the final stages to claim an impressive win in Lyon with Luka Mezgec second and Simone Consonni third. Valgren was 13th on the stage, skillfully navigating his way in a reduced group and a tricky finale into Lyon. Michael Valgren It was a hard day on the bike and we knew that Bora would go hard on the first climb to drop the sprinters and then that I was alone so I would.
Stage 13 of the Tour de France, as expected, was one that saw the main contenders in the overall classification firmly stamp their mark on the race. The stage was won by Daniel Martinez (EF) with the BORA-hansgrohe duo of Lennard Kamna and Max Schachmann following him home. NTT Pro Cycling, with other objectives to come in the race in mind, looked to limit potential losses for the South African champion Ryan Gibbons who struggled with stomach problems throughout the day. Gibbons fought to make contact with the last group on the road and once he did, managed to reasonably comfortably pace himself home within.
Stage 12 of the Tour de France was won in impressive fashion by Marc Hirschi (SUN) as he soloed to the line in Sarran-Correze. For NTT Pro Cycling Michael Gogl had a very strong day as he finished with the maillot jaune group in 16th position, just over 2 minutes behind the Swiss winner. While Max Walscheid was part of an early group that featured in the breakaway for a large portion of the day. Michael Gogl The plan was to go in the breakaway with a bigger group of riders but then four riders including Max Walscheid, went up the road and then Bora.
Stage 11 of the Tour de France ended in the predicted bunch sprint in which the South African champion Ryan Gibbons finished in 10th place. Caleb Ewan (LTS) took another stage victory ahead of Sam Bennett (DQT), who remains in the green jersey. While Peter Sagan who had crossed the line second was relegated by the race jury. Edvald Boasson Hagen meanwhile was 14th having been well marshaled in the final stages by Max Walscheid. Edvald Boasson Hagen It was pretty hectic but the team did a really good job today overall and a I really good leadout from Max, so that was perfect. I.
A series of bad luck on stage 10 of the Tour de France put paid to NTT Pro Cycling’s chances of scoring a result in a chaotic day of racing. Edvald Boasson Hagen was involved in a crash while Ryan Gibbons had mechanical problems inside the final 20km, as did Max Walscheid at a most unfortunate point as the peloton sped for home. Walscheid, thanks to the help of his teammates, was able to get back to the front of the bunch to position himself to attempt to contest the sprint but ultimately the earlier effort required to do so took its toll. Max Walscheid.
NTT Pro Cycling’s Domenico Pozzovivo has unfortunately been forced to abandon the Tour de France as a result of the elbow injury he sustained on the opening stage of the race in Nice. The decision was taken by Team Manager Bjarne Riis after the completion of stage nine that finished in Laruns. This is a result of the crash that he had on the opening stage of the race which saw him collide with a spectator’s outstretched hand that was taking a photo of the race and saw over 20 riders go down. The Italian has fought exceptionally bravely to consistently finish our strongest rider.
Stage four of the 2020 Tour de France saw the race’s first mountain-top finish. NTT Pro Cycling’s plan for the day hinged primarily on guiding climber Domenico Pozzovivo into the finale in order for him to maintain his steady position on the overall race classification. The stage was won by Primoz Roglic (TJV) with Tadej Pogacar (UAE) in second place, and Gullaime Martin (COF) completed the podium. Pozzovivo finished 34th just over a minute behind Roglic but crucially came through the stage without doing any further damage to the injuries that he sustained on the opening stage of the race. All of riders safely navigated.
When NTT Pro Cycling takes to the start line of the 2020 Tour de France in Nice it will proudly mark an inspiring 10-year milestone for team principal Douglas Ryder and our association with the Qhubeka Charity. This partnership has seen the team play a major role in the efforts to assist young people and healthcare workers in rural communities across South Africa, with increased mobility seen as a key fundamental to improving lives. The team has funded over 30 000 bicycles during the period of its association, something that it’s incredibly proud of and which provides both our riders and staff the added inspiring element.
NTT Pro Cycling’s riders and staff, together with colleagues from the NTT Continental team, are joining forces with our partners in a “unique event” to commemorate the 2020 Tour de France. The two-day NTT Partner Challenge, taking place over the weekend of 27/28 June, will see over 700 people in 14 teams endeavour to cover the entire length of the 2020 Grand Boucle – 3470km. The nature of the event will seek to draw our team and our entire partner network even closer in a truly unique, fun fashion. Participants will either cycle, run, walk, swim or paddle board – or a combination thereof –.