Nicolas Roche (Tinkoff Saxo) took out the stage win on the 2nd day of racing at the Route du Sud. Roche’s team mate, Michael Rogers made it a 1-2 for their team by crossing the line 2nd with Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) in 3rd position. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung had Merhawi Kudus put in a stellar performance, crossing the line in 5th place alongside Rogers, Valverde and a few others. The stage was an extremely tough one with the riders having to tackle the Col de Tormalet, Col de Aspin and then still climb up to the finish at Val Louren. This parcours though was to the.
The 8th stage of the Tour de Suisse saw Esteban Chaves (Orica Greenedge) take the win a top the cat 1 climb to Verbier. Roman Kreuziger (Tinkoff Saxo) took 2nd with Bauke Mollema (Belkin) the rider in 3rd place. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung had both Sergio Pardilla and Louis Meintjes in the mix on the tough final climb with the MTN-Qhubeka riders taking 16th and 19th respectively. The long 220km stage saw an early breakaway that contained 8 riders ride clear of the field by just more than 7 minutes. Omega Pharma Quickstep took control of the chase for the majority of the day with Tinkoff.
The first stage of the Route du Sud saw Jesus Herrada (Movistar) take the win ahead of Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ.fr) on the top of the category 3 Payolle climb. The good news for Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung was that after returning to racing after breaking his collarbone at the Tour of Turkey, Merhawi Kudus was able to make the final selection of the day and finished in 13th position. The 171km stage saw 4 riders escape from the peloton early on but with an almost gradual climb from start to finish today, it was always going to be hard for any.