Team Europcar and Colnago enjoyed a fantastic second week at the Tour de France and are hoping for even for even more success before Le Tour ends in Paris on July 22.
The Team Europcar green jerseys and striking black and white Colnago Team Editions bikes were present in almost every breakaway attempt in the first week without landing the success they deserved. Their luck changed on stage 10 when team leader Thomas Voeckler lead by example with a panache-packed victory on the hilly road to Bellegarde-sur-Valserine. Voeckler’s Tour was hampered by a pre-race knee injury but he fought on and raced with his trademark aggression and determination to win.
The day after Pierre Rolland struck again for Team Europcar and Colnago, winning the mountain stage to La Toussuire. The talented young Frenchman crashed while in the breakaway of the stage but fought back to win alone. It was a rare but immensely satisfying series of back-to-back stage victories. There were other placings too, with Voeckler also finishing third on stage 15 and Cyril Gautier finishing fourth on stage 12.
Voeckler won on his trusted Colnago C59 Team Edition bike, while Rolland used his preferred monocoque Colnago M10 S. Colnago is unique in being able to offer the two differently constructed but top of the range bikes.
Moral in Team Europcar is rightly upbeat. It’s been yet another successful Tour de France.
“What a difference a week makes. Things are a lot different after two fantastic stage wins,” Voeckler pointed out during the second rest day in Pau.
The Tour de France heads into the Pyrenees for two testing stages before turning north towards Paris. Pierre Rolland is hoping to move up from ninth overall and may even try to take the climber’s polka-dot jersey.
“Both Pyrenean stages are stunning. The Tourmalet is a legendary climb that inspires every rider, while the day after (stage 17) ends with a summit finish. We’re going to have to fight all the way but I’m lucky to have a strong team to support me,” Rolland said.
“It’d be nice to take the climber’s jersey but I came to the Tour de France to win a stage and do well overall. I’m ninth now and don’t want to have any regrets when I get to Paris. Of course if there’s a chance to take the polka-dot jersey, I’ll go for it because it’s a prestigious jersey.”