Patrick Lefevère’s team has always answered the call of the Spanish race under its different names, since 2003 alongside Quick Step-Davitamon. The Belgian team will take off from Torrevieja for the 19th edition of a race where they have already won 26 stages (10 in the past two years). In fact, if we add its 2016 participation to this tally, Deceuninck Quick-Step has obtained a total of 14 partial triumphs in three years. In 2017, Matteo Trentin became one of the stars of the race after winning four stage victories, showing an undeniable command of sprint finishes. Iron fist maintained by his compatriot Elia Viviani, with three partial triumphs in 2018, all of them a sprint to the finish-line. Their names appear in golden letters next to Paolo Bettini, winner of five stages between 2005 and 2008.
This mastery in Grand Tour stage victories, as well as in one-day races, led them to end 2018 with a total of 73 triumphs. One of these 73 was obtained by Enric Mas in the 20th stage of La Vuelta 18, with the arrival at Coll de la Gallina, where the Spanish rider sealed the first podium for the Belgians in the Spanish Tour, earning his first notch out of many potential ones for a 23 year old La Vuelta fan with such an enormous potential. The trajectory of Patrick Lefevère’s team in 2019 is being similar to that of last season, with a large tally of victories so far this season. They are almost unbeatable in one-day races, with victories in Strade Bianche, Milan-Sanremo, Paris-Roubaix and Flèche Wallonne. While, in three-week races, they became one of the biggest entertainers in the past Tour de France, with a partial triumph by Elia Viviani and two by Julian Alaphilippe. The Gaul was one of the main names of the French Tour, wearing the yellow jersey for 14 days, becoming one of the race’s biggest surprises, finishing fifth in the general classification.
Overall victories: 0
Stage victories: 26
2001: Tomás Konecny in Murcia.
2005: Paolo Bettini in Valladolid.
2006: Paolo Bettini in Córdoba.
2007: Paolo Bettini in Luarca.
2008: Tom Boonen, in Córdoba; Paolo Bettini in Toledo and in Suances; Tom Boonen, in Zamora; Wouter Weylandt, in Valladolid.
2010: Carlos Barredo in Lagos de Covadonga.
2012: Dario Cataldo at the Cuitunigru.
2013: Zdenek Stybar in Mairena del Aljarafe.
2014: Tony Martin in Borja (I.T.T.)
2016: Gianni Meersman in Baiona and Lugo; David de la Cruz at the top of the Alto del Naranco; Gianluca Brambilla in Aramón-Formigal.
2017: Matteo Trentin, in Tarragona, ElPozo Alimentación, Tomares and Madrid; Yves Lampaert, in Gruissan; Julian Alaphilippe, in Xorret de Catí.
2018: Elia Viviani in Alhaurín de la Torre, Fermoselle. Bermillo de Sayago and Madrid; Enric Mas at the top of Andorra. Coll de la Gallina.
Leader jerseys: 6 days
2011: Sylvain Chavanel 4 days.
2016: David de la Cruz, 1 day.
2017: Yves Lampaert, 1 day.
Victories in secondary classifications: 2
2005: Rik Verbrugghe (mountain).
2018: Enric Mas (best young rider)
14 : number of stages won by Deceuninck-Quick Step in the three last editions of La Vuelta. The Belgian riders have won one out of every four linear stages in the Spanish Tour in the past three years.
August 11th, 2008: Paolo Bettini wins his 5th victory in La Vuelta, the second that same year. The Italian won at least one stage in each edition from 2005 to 2008.
September 2nd, 2014: Tony Martin wins his second I.T.T of La Vuelta in Borja, wearing the rainbow jersey as the world champion of the discipline.
September 10th, 2017: Matteo Trentin wins in Madrid, the 4th stage victory for him in La Vuelta 17.
September 15th, 2018: Enric Mas finishes a spectacular La Vuelta participation at Coll de la Gallina, having won the stage and made it onto the La Vuelta podium at only 23 years of age.
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