VUELTA: Netapp-Endura Happy with Grand Tour Results


German/Scottish team, NetApp – Endura, are very pleased with their results after the first two weeks of the Spanish Grand Tour: a stage win, a third-place finish in a stage and eighth place overall thus far. The team has scored four other top 10 finishes in addition to that.

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As a result, all expectations have already been far exceeded in terms of the team’s participation in its second Grand Tour. “We wanted a stage win and we got it already during the first week”says Ralph Denk, Team NetApp – Endura’s Team Manager.

“The fact that we haven’t been satisfied with just that and have continued to achieve other good results and invariably have remained in the top 10 of the general classification, well, none of us would have expected that at the outset.”


Stage win for Konig of Netapp-Endura

“I’m certain that the team’s incredible performance more than justifies the invitation to take part in the Vuelta. We’ve demonstrated that the team has made enormous progress. After a very good Giro last year, we have been able to improve even further, and now we’re achieving consistently good results at one of the most difficult Grand Tours of the past couple of years.”

“After the (stage) win I said that anything that follows would be icing on the cake and because of that we’re relaxed. We’re taking things day by day. If opportunities arise, we seize them. That’s how Bartosz scored a third-place finish, that’s how Leo has moved into eighth place overall in the past week and that’s also how the team will ride all the way to Madrid,” Denk adds.


Probably most impressive is how the team has taken on its responsibilities in gaining those results not from the comfort of sitting in the wheels but leading by example from the front of the peloton. Photo:  © Team NetApp-Endura/Roth

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