Team Saxo-Tinkoff claim victory in 2013 Tour de France
Team Saxo-Tinkoff have won a team classification victory in the 2013 Tour de France, beating second-place Team Ag2r-La Mondiale by 8 minutes and 28 seconds.
The landmark 100th anniversary tour, which concluded with a 133.5km long ride in Paris, marked Saxo Bank’s sixth year as a Tour de France sponsor. Team Saxo-Tinkoff attacked constantly over different stages and terrains for the entire three weeks, making for a memorable and consistently entertaining tour.
Team Saxo-Tinkoff rider and previous Tour de France victor Alberto Contador just missed out on the podium, placing fourth in the Individual standings, while second rider Roman Kreuziger placed fifth.
Speaking to French television after the event, Saxo-Tinkoff DS, Fabrizio Guidi said: "We never tried to hide our goal of the Tour and we kept our focus throughout the race showing that we won't give up so easily. We tried every opportunity there was and we launched attacks in terrains rarely seen before in the Tour and I honestly think our team made the race entertaining and highly worth watching. We did our best in every way but have to face that we lost to someone stronger than us. Now, it's time to reflect and to analyse how we can make a better preparation for next year's Tour de France."
This sentiment was echoed by Saxo co-founder and CEO, Lars Seier Christensen, who wrote in a blog for TradingFloor.com: “I had the pleasure of following nearly half of the stages with the team and I never cease to be amazed at the incredible suffering these guys go through, not to mention their extreme discipline and dedication... We did hope to have a stronger tilt at the overall individual victory, the yellow jersey, but this year, we had to be content with two riders in the Top 5 as well as winning the team competition. Only if you have our very high ambitions could you even be remotely disappointed with those results.
Nevertheless, we will return to the Tour de France 2014 with our usual goal: to win the individual competition just as we did in 2008 and 2010.”
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