The American Lidl-Trek squad emerged from the ashes of the RadioShack and Leopard squads with Trek Factory Racing stepping up as the title sponsor at the start of the 2014 season.
The team then became Trek-Segafredo in 2016, before changing to Lidl-Trek during the 2023 season.
In the past, Fabian Cancellara won three Monuments for the team before retiring in 2016. Cancellara’s Classics-winning legacy remains ingrained within the team, however. With the likes of Jasper Stuyven, Mads Pedersen and Edward Theuns on their roster, they’ve quickly become a force to be reckoned with in one-day races and a big rival of the cobble-crushing kings, Alpecin-Deceuninck and Soudal Quick-Step.
Their goals don’t lie solely in the spring though, with climbers like Bauke Mollema, Giulio Ciccone, Kenny Elissonde and Juan Pedro López, the team have also been a constant threat in the Grand Tours, particularly when it comes to hunting stage wins from breakaways.
For 2024, however, their remit has certainly broadened, with the continued development of cyclo-cross starlet Thibau Nys and the armada of new talent that has been signed ahead of the new road campaign.
Tao Geoghegan Hart is perhaps the blockbuster name amongst the team's new signings, with the former Giro d'Italia champion set to become their big GC leader in the Grand Tours. Geoghegan Hart is looking to rebound from a career-threatening crash at the 2023 Giro d'Italia, but the likes of Remco Evenepoel (Soudal Quick-Step) and Wout van Aert (Visma-Lease a Bike) demonstrate that riders can come back better than ever following major rehabilitation.
Should that be the case with Geoghegan Hart, Lidl-Trek will be a team to be reckoned with in the Grand Tours. Not only do they already have Giulio Ciccone - who himself fancies a crack at a Grand Tour podium - but their climbing roster has been bolstered for 2024 with the additions of Carlos Verona, Sam Oomen, Patrick Konrad and Fabio Felline.
Tim Declerq will provide ample support on the flatlands, as too will the likes of Ryan Gibbons and Andrea Bagioli, whilst the signing of Italy's Jonathan Milan will offer the team a secondary sprinter to Pedersen.
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