A table of the wins per team this year, via Spanish website Biciclismo, including all the World Tour and Pro Continental squads. Rabobank lead with a good mix of quality and quantity thanks to Sebastian Langeveld, Robert Gesink, Oscar Freire, Theo Bos and others. Whereas Farnese Vini landed plenty of wins in the less prestigious Tour of Langkawi.
Teams will take any wins they can get of course and it’s only early in the season. But note the World Tour squads of BMC Racing, Euskatel-Euskadi, Leopard-Trek and Saxo Bank-Sungard have yet to win. All these squads probably don’t mind that much since they hope their time will come in the hillier races and a good Tour de France alone can guarantee the entire year is a success. BMC is one team placing many eggs in the basket marked July.
Last year Euskatel won in early April to leaving Lotto as Team Gooseberry. Philippe Gilbert fixed this in the Amstel Gold Race but the Belgian media was vicious in its criticism and it goes a long way to explaining why the team hired André Greipel. Should teams continue to languish, don’t be surprised to see them hiring a sprinter to grab good headlines.
Cavendish to BMC Racing? You heard it here first.
|Europcar, Farnese Vini-Neri Sottoli||8|
|Androni-Giocattoli, FDJ, Lampre-ISD||5|
|Cofidis, Movistar, Sky||4|
|AG2R-La Mondiale, Omega Pharma-Lotto, Saur-Sojasun||2|
|Colnago CSf-Inox, Geox-TMC, Katusha, Quick Step,
Skil-Shimano, UnitedHealthcare, Verandas Willems
|Acqua e Sapone, Andalucía-Caja Granada, Astana, BMC, Bretagne-Schuller, Caja Rural, CCC Polsat Polkowice, Colombia es Pasión-Café de Colombia, De Rosa-Ceramica Flaminia, Euskaltel-Euskadi, Landbouwkrediet, Leopard-Trek, Saxo Bank-SunGard, Team Type 1, NetApp, Spidertech, Topsport Vlaanderen||0|