30-07-2018, CANYON Movistar Team: Number One at the Tour de France
The Winning Team
The race is run. Its winner crowned. The Maillot Jaune has found a new home for the next year. All that’s left are reflections on one of the most open Tours de France in a decade.
Beyond the battle for yellow, the race inside the race saw action from beginning to end. Movistar Team once again made it onto the final podium in Paris after a hard-fought victory in the Team’s Classification. As predicted, the Spanish outfit was on the offensive throughout the race with blue jerseys attacking each time the peloton hit the mountains.
While the ultimate prize may have eluded Movistar Team this year, their never-say-die approach over the past three weeks cannot be called into question. Even on the final mountain stage in the Pyrenees a huge roll of the dice saw Mikel Landa as the virtual race leader at one point. If fans often lament modern cycling for its conservatism and lack of attacks, this was the antidote.
On top of winning the Team’s Classification, Movistar Team can look back with pride on Nairo Quintana’s climbing masterclass to take stage 17, as well as top-10s for both the Colombian and Landa in the final GC. Focus now shifts to the final Grand Tour, La Vuelta a España, where a home advantage has proven key in the past.