The German-based Team NetApp-Endura will ride the 2014 Tour de France this July, after the team received confirmation of a wildcard invite. Expect to see its riders livening up the race by going into breakaways and trying to take any advantage if the ProTour teams stop paying attention.
Here is what Ralph Denk, Team Manager of NetApp-Endura (in a blog post)
“A dream comes true. We have worked towards this news since the first day of the team’s founding. That our wish has now become reality is overwhelming, and will put the whole team into a euphoric mood. We could not have hoped for better news shortly before our season opening.”
It’s great to see a team like NetApp-Endura, which was founded in 2010, work their way up to a Tour wildcard invite. Czech rider Leopold Konig picked up stage wins in the Tour of California and Vuelta a Espana in 2013 while Czech teammate Jan Barta won the country’s road race and time trial championships.
Best of luck in your quest to get to Paris!