It might be a good test question: Who opened the bill for Patrick Lefevre’s quick-step formation in the big rounds? That honor went to Richard Virenque at the 2003 Tour de France in Morzine.
After yesterday, the counter was at 100, a project for 34 passengers. “Tom Bonin, Mark Cavendish, Marcel Kittel and Elia Viviani are the team records for the number of stage wins. Viviani is the only rider who has managed to score at least one win in every big round during his team stay,” writes Deceuninck —Quick Step on his website.
The 100th win was already celebrated last year, but Sam Bennett had to give up his sprint victory at the Vuelta after an unauthorized move in preparation for a sprint. Postponement is not a modification as it turned out yesterday.
Champagne was allowed to pop on Saturday evening. “It’s fantastic: an achievement that makes me very proud of our organization and everyone who is part of it,” said team boss Patrick Lefevre.
“Winning 100 Grand Tours stages is something everyone dreams of, but only a few achieve. It also shows how time passes, it’s incredible that it’s been almost two decades since we booked our first win.”
“We knew the ride had to be Julian today (yesterday, editor) and he confirmed again he’s a great rider. He always delivers on important dates.”
How did it start in 2003…