|Dominik NERZ||Jan BARTA||J.J. PIMANTA COSTA MENDES||Sam BENNETT||Andreas SCHILLINGER||Emanuel BUCHMANN||Paul VOSS||Zakkari DEMPSTER||Bartosz HUZARSKI|
As the first German team to take part in the Tour de France since 2010 and the disappearance of Milram, NetApp-Endura, managed by Ralph Denk who was hoping to reignite the spark of German cycling, fully played its guest role in 2014 by setting alight the pack in London, as they chased after Czech rider Jan Barta, who finished the event just as well as he had started it, with a third place on the time-trial between Bergerac and Périgueux.
More importantly, the team was right behind its leader, another Czech. Leopold König, an excellent climber and already a stage winner on the Tour of Spain in 2013, finished his first Tour de France in 7th place, before being recruited by Team Sky. Renamed Bora-Argon 18 since the arrival as sponsor of a German kitchen manufacturer, the team boasts a sprinter with a big future in its ranks: 24-year old Irishman Sam Bennett, who is unafraid of his more senior colleagues, as displayed by his victory on the Tour of Qatar, on the waterfront in Doha, ahead of Andrea Guardini, Nacer Bouhanni, Peter Sagan and Tom Boonen.
Each season, this second division team has climbed up the ladder, taking advantage of invitations that it shows are justified through its displays on the tarmac since the Giro 2012. A very cosmopolitan team in the beginning, it is now focused on developing young German talents, such as its climber Dominik Nerz.
7: the finishing position of debutant Leo König on completion of the first Tour de France for the German team named NetApp-Endura at the time.
15th May 2012: Bartosz Huzarski finishes second on the tenth stage of the Tour of Italy 2012 behind Joaquim Rodriguez at Assisi, justifying the invitation of NetApp.
31st August 2013: Leo König wins the eighth stage of the Tour of Spain at the summit of the Peñas Blancas.
18th July 2014: third at Chamrousse behind Vincenzo Nibali and Rafal Majka, Leo König takes his place among the major climbers on the Tour de France.