Footon-Servetto. The forgetten TDF grade.

Le Tour de Footon.

People laughed at the flesh colored closet organizer boys before the Tour de France.

They didn’t belong, their kit was atrociously ugly, their sponsor name was a hoot. But let’s give the men in tan skin tones with the giant footprint on their chest a round of applause.

If you look at the team competition, Footon-Servetto finished 20th, ahead of the more well known and experienced Lampre squad and also the Milram team — Milram being the German word for invisible.

In stage 7 to Station Des Rousses, Rafael Valls Ferri took an impressive second place. A week later it was teammate Aitor Perez Arrieta crossing the finish line in Bagnères-de-Luchon in third.

These guys got their giant black feet in the door of the Tour de France. They were not Footon fodder and they came far closer to a stage win than Cofidis.

Twisted Spoke overlooked their TDF grade but it’s time to set things right. Grade: B-

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2 Responses to “Footon-Servetto. The forgetten TDF grade.”

  1. Ooops! Sorry, wrong picture. This should make more sense:

    http://www.cyclingnews.com/races/97th-tour-de-fra

  2. I thought the Footon kit rocked! Am I the only one? Their colors were unique, they were easy to spot in a group (isn’t the point?) and there were far worse options in the peloton: Sky, Ag2R…anybody?

    Plus, one of the very first images shown on the Versus broadcast of the Tour was of poor Manuel Cardoso crossing the prologue finish line–bloodied from head-to-toe from a horrific crash–looking like he’d been attacked by a pack of wolves. Hey, camera time is what a sponsor is looking for, no? That alone should earn them a pass in the fashion department!

    http://www.cyclingnews.com/races/97th-tour-de-france-gt/prologue/photos/128798