Israel-Premier Tech has had its most successful Tour with two stage wins and multiple podium places. Both Chris Froome and Hugo Houle made the podium before Houle took the biggest win of his career on stage 16, with Mike Woods finishing in third place on the day.
"We already knew we had good chances of doing something big in this Tour and Simon's victory on stage 5 proved that it was possible. It gave everybody an extra confidence boost and fueled us for remaining part of the race.
Hugo's win was an emotional one for everybody involved. It had been a long time coming for him and the way he finished it off, with a 40 km solo ride, was just incredible. It sums up the team's values and how we keep working hard and never give up. The beginning of the season wasn't easy for us but I believe we have shown our true level in this Tour and this is just the beginning of this team going on to bigger and better things."
-Zak Dempster DS.