STRENGTH I N DEPTH
Teams can no longer rely on just having a single leader. With riders unable to hold their top form for so long, and races being so competitive all year, teams have to rely on a spread of riders to pick up their wins. As was the case last year, Quick-Step Floors won the most races this season. But drill down into the wins, and we can see that they relied on 14 riders to provide their 52 wins so far in 2017. (The comparable figures in 2016 were 18 riders for 51 wins.) And Orica-Scott may not have the same number of wins as Quick-Step, with only 32, but they still counted the same number of winners among their ranks: 14. Orica only have 26 riders in total, compared to Quick-Step’s 29, so over half their team won races at one point or another in 2017. Bringing up the rear: Bahrain and Katusha, of whose squads only six different riders won.
Caleb Ewan was one of 14 riders on Orica-Scott who scored victories in 2017. He won a debut stage at the Giro in May