• 2015/04/02 Team3M Super Victory
    • Team3M Super Victory

      Team3M Super Victory


      Sharing the Three Days de Panne podium with multi-time Olympic gold medalist, current TT World Champion and Tour de France winner Sir Bradley Wiggins from world #1 Team Sky and overall winner and current world #4 Alexander Kristoff, both WorldTour Team Professionals, is Michael Vingerling from Belgian Continental (third division) team Team3M !


      Executing Team3M General Manager Bernard Moerman's plan to perfection, track specialist Vingerling got into the breakaway of the main stage of the three day, four stage race and won every intermediate sprint against a powerful 17-rider breakaway to take the points jersey against seemingly insurmountable odds. Michael then survived the final road stage AND an individual time trial against the world champion to lock up the coveted jersey. Also of note: In the final road stage Team3M's Belgian Mountain Bike World Champion Fabrice Mels sprinted to a top-20 finish. And earlier that stage Emiel Vermeulen and Melvin van Zijl both got into the breakaway to give Team3M over 2-1/2 total hours of live TV exposure during just this one event.


      Team3M beat 11 WorldTour teams with budgets 8 to 40 times larger plus 10 hungry Pro Continental teams with budgets 5 to 10 times the size of this mid-level Continental team for this special prize. Even the two other Continental team in the race has more than double Team3M's budget and only a single schedule to race. In fact, Team3M should not have even been allowed in the race without Moerman negotiating with the race director and leveraging the 3M name. Then Moerman turned around and made the race organizers and 3M look brilliant for making this ultimate underdog story possible. 


      Even more extraordinary: Leaving the podium of the final stage, Team3M riders and staff were confronted with a fan who collapsed and passed-out with heart failure. The three Team3M soigneurs who were all specifically trained to administer CPR jumped in to action to revive the fan while ambulances were called and arrived. Again Bernard’s leadership and planning paid big dividends and brought the Team3M accomplishments into powerful perspective.


      Most teams in yesterday's race will now turn their attention to Sunday's Tour of Flanders while Team3M goes back to punching far above their weight in smaller events like last week's Tour of Normandy where a Team3M squad of mainly UK riders also won a jersey and a stage against far superior competition. 


      Keep your eyes open for these hard hitting underdogs when they show up in a race near you.