Italy – First-year WorldTour team Argos-Shimano was nothing less than impressive in this year’s opening Grand Tour, the 2013 Giro d’Italia.
Despite losing a couple of riders over the course of the three-week event, and in winter-like conditions that had organizers altering some of the later stages and even cancelling stage 19 due to snow, the men rode brilliantly and finished with one stage win (John Degenkolb, stage 5) and three top-3’s (Luka Mezgec, stages 12, 13 and 17). Luka also took fifth on the final stage, further reinforcing his prowess as yet another world-class sprinter on the team and someone to keep an eye on in the future.
In addition to the results sheets, each day seem to have an Argos-Shimano member present or driving the day’s break or whatever action was pushing the pace. For each of the finishing members, including Luka, Koen de Kort (shown above, stage 20), Patrick Gretsch, Thomas Damuseau, Tobias Ludvigsson, Albert Timmer, Bert De Backer–all of whom had great individual days and made complete sacrifices for each other and whatever was best for the team–the 2013 Giro must be considered a total success. We salute the whole team!
With the final team still be named, the next Grand Tour is the Tour de France, June 29-July 21.