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Team Saxo Tinkoff

The Danish team, created in 1996 under the name Home-Jack & Jones, taken over in 2000 by Bjarne Riis and sponsored successively by Memory Card, Tiscali, CSC and Saxo Bank, boasts the longest roll of honour on the Tour de France of the currently active teams. In thirteen participations, it has achieved two overall victories (with Carlos Sastre and Andy Schleck) and three podium finishes (twice by Ivan Basso and once by Andy Schleck), twenty stage victories (without taking part in sprint finishes), ten secondary classification triumphs and 36 days in yellow!

From re-launching Laurent Jalabert, for an end to his career enhanced by two Polka Dot Jerseys, to the gallant last stand of Alberto Contador on the Alpe-d’Huez in 2011, the Scandinavian team has, over a ten-year period, swung between controversy and accomplishments, between conflicts and setbacks: the victory of Tyler Hamilton, with a broken shoulder in Bayonne (2003); David Zabriskie’s fall wearing the Yellow Jersey at the end of the team time-trial at Blois (2005); the disqualification of its leader, Ivan Basso, before the start of Le Tour in 2006 and the turnaround in fortunes in the Alps with the victories of Jens Voigt and Fränk Schleck; the disgrace of Bjarne Riis following his admission of doping, countered by the performances of Fabian Cancellara in London and Compiègne (2007); triumph in 2008 thanks to a team devoted to Carlos Sastre against the favourite Cadel Evans, whilst sacrificing Andy Schleck’s Yellow Jersey; the emergence of Andy Schleck in 2009 and 2010, offset by the failure to hold on to him as part of the team… One thing is sure: following this team on the Tour de France is never boring!

Overall victory: 2
- 2008: Carlos Sastre
- 2010: Andy Schleck

Stage victories: 19
- 2001: Laurent Jalabert at Verdun and Colmar
- 2003: Jakob Piil at Marseille, Carlos Sastre at Ax 3 Domaines and Tyler Hamilton at Bayonne
- 2004: Ivan Basso at La Mongie.
- 2005: David Zabriskie at Noirmoutier-en-l’île (time-trial)
- 2006: Jens Voigt at Montélimar and Fränk Schleck at Alpe-d’Huez.
- 2007: Fabian Cancellara in London (prologue) and at Compiègne.
- 2008: Kurt-Asle Arvesen at Foix and Carlos Sastre at Alpe-d’Huez
- 2009: Fabian Cancellara at Monaco (time-trial), Nicki Sørensen at Vittel and Fränk Schleck at Le Grand-Bornand.
- 2010: Fabian Cancellara at Rotterdam (prologue) and Pauillac (time-trial) and Andy Schleck at Avoriaz and Le Tourmalet.

Victories in secondary classifications: 10
- 2001: Laurent Jalabert (Polka Dot Jersey and combativity award)
- 2002: Laurent Jalabert (Polka Dot Jersey and combativity award)
- 2003: Team classification
- 2008: Andy Schleck (best young rider); team classification
- 2009: Andy Schleck (best young rider)
- 2010: Andy Schleck (best young rider)
- 2012: Chris Anker Sørensen (combativity award)

Yellow Jerseys: 36
- 2005: David Zabriskie, three days; Jens Voigt, one day
- 2007: Fabian Cancellara, seven days
- 2008: Fränk Schleck, two days; Carlos Sastre, five days
- 2009: Fabian Cancellara, six days
- 2010: Fabian Cancellara, six days; Andy Schleck, six days

20: the number of stage victories in twelve participations, with only one from a sprint finish (by Fabian Cancellara in 2007 at Compiègne),

7th July 2001: the renaissance of Laurent Jalabert, at Verdun, after his transfer from the ONCE team, marked the start of Bjarne Riis’ time on the Tour de France as a team manager.
23rd July 2008: Riis orders Carlos Sastre to attack on the climb up Alpe-d’Huez, designating him as his first Le Tour winner, whilst Fränk Schleck was wearing the Yellow Jersey.
19th July 2010: due to a mechanical problem, Andy Schleck loses the Tour de France (for which he received the title two years later following the decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport) to Alberto Contador with whom Riis was in close contact to replace the rider from Luxembourg.