Wow. We couldn’t be happier with how Orica-Scott and Astana racing teams represented themselves during this year’s first WorldTour stage race. While it was certainly endearing to watch our favorite riders handle baby kangaroos and gaze at Koala bears before the start, it didn’t come close to the feeling we experienced seeing the Sagittarius on the bodies of riders that could very well make sports history this season. In a word, exhilarating.
As true cycling fanatics, we’ve always been addicted to the thrill of victory as well as the suffering when things go sideways. From the sewing floors of our factory in Montecchio, Italy to the TDU, this year, we are more deeply connected to all these emotions as we deliver our best work to these riders with the hope that we may share in their glory.
Esteban Chaves congratulates Caleb Ewan after Stage 4 and another sprint victory - Photo by Tim Bardsley-Smith
The 2017 edition of the Santos TDU saw dominant performances by Orica-Scott’s men and women as Katrin Garfoot debuted her green and gold national champion’s jersey while wearing the number one bib during the opening stage of the Santos Women’s Tour. Amanda Spratt earned the top spot of the podium while the team took away best team at the Tour.
Amanda Spratt and all her jerseys after the week of racing
The men also came out to dazzle their home crowd. Caleb Ewan proved to be the fastest man taking four sprint stage wins, timing his signature final lunges to perfection. Watching Ewan going full gas led us to ponder the similarities to other mad dashing greats like the cunning Robbie McEwen and the sensational Mark Cavendish.
Caleb Ewan wins the sprint on Stage 3
Another young sensation named Esteban Chavez found the sharp edge of his fitness to take the second step of the podium next to GC winner Richie Porte.
Chaves moves into 3rd place after Stage 2 and ends the Tour in 2nd place overall
Despite his classic Belgian roots, Laurens De Vreese animated the TDU’s first stage going out on a solo attack on one of the race’s hottest days. As if keeping a WorldTour peloton at bay isn’t hard enough, LDV battled the hot tarmac one kilometer at a time to become the TDU’s most combative rider and claiming the climber’s jersey for his efforts on the day.
Laurens De Vreese takes on the heat claiming most combative rider and the climber's jersey after stage 1 - Photo by Tim Bardsley-Smith
The season is officially here and like the tifosi, we’ll be glued to every bit of it. From semi-classics to grand tours, we are ready to revel in the feats of this year’s young guns as they ride with abandon, while trusted lieutenants search for the great escape.
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