Procycling - - Debrief -

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

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