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8 Feb 2015 - 20:15

Stuyven sprints to sixth in Qatar

The Tour of Qatar opened with a 136-kilometer stage from Dukhan to Sealine Beach and despite a headwind for most of the stage a decimated peloton of just over 50 riders romped into the final kilometers for the sprint finish. The five Trek Factory Racing riders who arrived with the front group worked well to help Jasper Stuyven as the crosswinds picked up again for the ending kilometers, and he managed a hard-fought sixth place in a tight sprint won by José Rojas (Movistar).
8 Feb 2015 - 18:30

Jungels wins Étoile de Bessèges

It was a nervous final day at the Étoile de Bessèges Sunday with the 11.9-kilometer time trial set to decide the overall winner, and when the last rider crossed the line Trek Factory Racing’s Bob Jungels laid claim to the stage win and with it the final leader’s jersey. It was Jungels, 22, first professional stage race victory, and also the first win of the year for Trek Factory Racing. The Luxembourger blazed through the tough race against the clock in a time of 17:40, a full 19 seconds faster than Tony Gallopin (Lotto-Soudal), and 20 seconds ahead of Trek Factory Racing teammate Fabio Felline.
7 Feb 2015 - 18:30

Felline fourth in uphill sprint

The final road stage of the Etoile de Bessèges from L'Ardoise to Laudun ended with an intact peloton rushing into the final kilometer to tackle the uphill finish. The mur de Laudun (Laudun wall) was not long, around 700 meters in length, but contained a steep section of 300 meters, enough to curb many fast legs. It was the type of finish fitted to the strengths of Fabio Felline and Trek Factory Racing battled Lotto-Soudal for supremacy to the final turn before the uphill pitch to the line.
6 Feb 2015 - 18:30

Nizzolo sprints to second in Bessèges

The Etoile de Bessèges returned to a more customary routine Friday. The sun appeared, the winds tamed to a reasonable gale, and the 152.6-kilometer stage three unfolded more or less as it should: a breakaway formed, albeit late in the stage, and was ultimately caught in the final kilometer, leading to an expected mass sprint. The final gallop to the line was, oh, so close for Giacomo Nizzolo. He was robbed of the victory by a tire width as Bryan Coquard (Europcar) stormed past in the closing meters.
5 Feb 2015 - 19:00

Jungels, Coledan go 3-4 at Etoile de Bessèges

A reluctant peloton started the 157-kilometer stage two from Nîmes to Les Fumades with a dangerous wind blowing so hard that the riders’ welfare was at risk. For the second straight day frigid temperatures and stiff, icy winds continued but it was the gusting, perilous gales in the first hour that had the peloton requesting a shortened parcours. The organization said ride-on, resulting in the riders stubbornly stopping three times out on the road to express their dissatisfaction with the dangerous conditions.
4 Feb 2015 - 18:15

Coledan third in cold, windy day at Etoile de Bessèges

The 154-kilometer opening stage of the five-day Etoile de Bessèges ended with a 13-man group contesting the finish. Marco Coledan, part of this late escape, showed his sprinting prowess with a strong third place, as a large 40-strong group with Bob Jungels, Giacomo Nizzolo and Stijn Devolder arrived 17 seconds later.
1 Feb 2015 - 15:45

Mallorca Challenge concludes with sprint finish

The final day at the Challenge Mallorca played to the tune of the sprinters, and the only hitch to a textbook stage was the weather as cold temperatures, wind and rain made life miserable for the 168-kilometer race. There were no last-minute, edge-of-seat antics to the day’s three-man break as the peloton timed the catch to 10 kilometers to go, and all that remained was the sprint teams shouldering their fast men into the best position for the long finish straight.
1 Feb 2015 - 07:30

First ever Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race a tough affair

It was a good start to the inaugural 174-kilometer Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race for Trek Factory Racing, but what began well did not end well – at least for Laurent Didier. Didier wasted no time in jumping in the early escape to join four other ambitious riders, but after 50 kilometers his day, unfortunately, was over. While grabbing a bottle from the team car, on the opposite side than what he was used to (this being a southern hemisphere race), he lost control on the wet road.
31 Jan 2015 - 18:30

Wind, rain, crashes cause mayhem in Mallorca

Today saw the hardest and hilliest day of the Mallorca Challenge’s four races and inclement weather added extra zing to an already spicy day. By the finish there were only 46 finishers under the harsh conditions. The highest finisher for Trek Factory Racing was Fränk Schleck who prevailed to finish in ninth place.
30 Jan 2015 - 17:30

Mollema debuts with convincing fourth place at Mallorca Challenge

The second in the series of one-day races at the four-day Mallorca Challenge suited the climbers, a hilly 149 kilometers that included Coll de Puig Major, the highest peak on the island, and finishing with a 3.2-kilometer uphill. Trek Factory Racing changed its lineup for the second day and inserted its legs that go uphill fast.
29 Jan 2015 - 18:00

Van Poppel fifth, Steegmans crashes, in Mallorca Challenge

The Mallorca Challenge, a series of four races, opened with a 175.5-kilometer race on Thursday. Matteo Pelucchi (IAM) won the sprint finish that was a calm affair until just over 38 kilometers to go when an increased pace into a section of crosswind briefly jolted the peloton into a flurry of action that continued to the end. Danny van Poppel avoided a late crash and sprinted to a solid fifth place, but it was the show of team unity at the end that had all the riders and director Adriano Baffi smiling after the race.
25 Jan 2015 - 07:45

TDU: Stage Six

The Santos Tour Down Under ended Sunday with a speedy circuit race in the heart of Adelaide. The 90-kilometer stage six consisted of 20 laps of a 4.5-kilometer circuit, and with a small hill each lap and two seconds separating first and second place overall, plus a lot of hungry teams still searching a stage win, it was more than a casual promenade around a city park.
24 Jan 2015 - 06:45

TDU: Stage Five

Dan McConnell cleared Willunga Hill the first time, but became a victim of the crosswind section that followed when Team Astana came to the front and blew the front group into two echelons. There was no mercy for the pro mountain biker unaccustomed to the brutal tactics of WorldTour racing, and McConnell lost contact.
23 Jan 2015 - 07:30

TDU: Alafaci 9th

The tables turned back to the sprinters for the 144.5-kilometer stage four of the Santos Tour Down Under, and the heat, wind, and hills made for a taxing and stressful day. Despite two different breakaways that established during the race, and the wind wreaking havoc at certain moments, it was a large bunch that roared into the final, hectic kilometers. The sprinters had their center stage.
22 Jan 2015 - 23:45

Q&A: Haimar Zubeldia, Markel Irizar and XC Pro Sergio Mantecón

While at December camp, Spanish mountain biker, Sergio Mantecón, who rides for the Trek Factory Racing XC Mountain Bike team, joined Trek Factory Racing ProTeam for a first-rate bike fit by Trek's Precision Fit, and also tagged along on a few training rides. We sat down with Sergio and asked Markel Irizar and Haimar Zubeldia to join us for a planned short interview about their goals, life on the road and the off-season.
22 Jan 2015 - 06:45

TDU: Stage Three

Calvin Watson continued right where he left off yesterday with another aggressive, strong show: He jumped into the day’s early breakaway with three others non-GC threats, and they built a lead that hovered at three minutes for most of the day. “Kim [Andersen] said to look for the breakaway today and it went relatively early and I jumped in there,” said Watson.
21 Jan 2015 - 07:30

TDU: Stage Two

The 150.5-kilometer stage two was lumpy from the get-go and ended with a leg-breaking stair-stepped climb for the final six or so kilometers. With the early three-man escape group already safely back in the fold with 24 kilometers to go – the peloton was taking no chances today on a stage one repeat - the win was a fight between the strongest of the fastest
20 Jan 2015 - 05:45

TDU: Stage One

The 132.6-kilometer opening stage of the Santos Tour Down Under, designed for a bunch sprint finish, went against the grain with an early four-man break holding off the fast approaching peloton to duke out a thrilling ending. Former ProTeam cyclist Jack Bobridge (UniSA-Australia) outkicked his three breakaway compatriots to pinch the victory, while the top sprinters, nipping at the heels of the quartet, were left with nothing more than a gallop for fifth place.
18 Jan 2015 - 16:15

Trek Factory Racing opens 2015 season

Trek Factory Racing dusted off the last of its cobwebs Sunday evening in Adelaide as they raced the annual People's Choice Classic criterium ahead of the Tour Down Under. Australian Calvin Watson, racing in front of a home crowd, was quick to join a four-man break that escaped on lap 10 and led the peloton for most of the 30-lap, 51-kilometer race.
15 Jan 2015 - 20:00

Meet Bauke Mollema

When we met Bauke Mollema for the first time at the December training camp, we were immediately struck by his affable and boyish demeanor: blonde, awfully thin, he could be your next-door-neighbor’s teenaged son rather than the exceptional athlete capable of pedaling his body to the top of mountains faster than us mere mortals can fathom.