It’s an amazing feeling to be out on the Pro Tour this year, banging elbows with the giants of the Peloton. Asthe official wheel supplier to our friends at team Fuji-Servetto, they took us right into the middle of there Big Leagues. And boy, are those guys paying off, with not one but two Grand Tour victories at Vuelta a España. Not too shabby for the team who came to the race as what VeloNews called “an underdog” and strutted away with two stages a Top 10 GC finish overall and a Top 5 showing in the Team classification.
First up, Fuji sprint ace Borut Bozic delivered the first-ever Cole Grand Tour win in Stage 6. Going early at 250m, the crafty Slovenian left the bunch in disarray, easily outlasting Garmin-Slipstream’s Tyler Farrar and the rest of the chasers to the finish line.
Then came the icing on the Fuji-Servetto cake: team leader Juanjo Cobo, who grabbed the honors in the final mountain stage, battling rainy weather in the grueling Madrilian Sierra in a 179-km route from Ávila to La Granja and a top-10 finish in the Vuelta GC.
Our man Daniel Sánchez reports while travelling with the team: “The Cantabrian launched his first attack in the last slope of the climb, but waited for his real moment to go on a massive attack with three kilometers remaining to give our boys the year’s biggest moment of glory. Cobo had earlier grabbed the flowers in the queen stage of the Vuelta a Castilla y Leon, and marks the fourth Pro Tour overall by Fuji-Servetto.”
So here’s what’s in the Cole trophy case after just the first year: four Pro Tour victories; two Grand Tour victories; a Grand Tour Top Ten and a Grand Tour Team Top Five.
Thanks again to Daniél and all our friends at Fuji-Servetto for delivering the goods with an incredible premiere season. Can’t wait for 2010!
Next up? Well, there’s always The Worlds, and with riders like these, as the Europeans say, “perhaps we can hope for a good result.