He has a bright future ahead of him and he currently sports the jersey of the South African national champion at the Vuelta a Espana. So far Louis Meintjes has put in some good rides in the last few days. In this Bedside Lamp episode Louis tells us how he has found the Vuelta so far and what we can expect from him going forward..
Stage 9 would be another chance for the break to try their luck against the strength of the peloton. From the gun, attacks were coming thick and fast. Team MTN-Qhubeka had two riders in the break of the day, Jay Thomson and Daniel Teklehaimanot. The break’s advantage grew to over 8-minutes before the peloton decided to take charge knowing that the eventual stage winner stage, Ancona Gomez posed a serious threat to the overall GC. “Today I made the big break with Jay,” says Teklahaimanot. “He helped me a lot in the break so that I could save energy and my legs for the final.
Fabio Aru (Astana) rode to victory on the 11th stage of La Vuelta a Espana. The young Italian arrived 6 seconds before the GC favourites group where Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) crossed the line 2nd and Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) was 3rd. Even though the stage finished at the summit of the San Miguel de Aralar, there was very little change to the GC. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung had a good day placing 5 riders in the top 50 on a really tough stage. Initially the plan was to place one of our young climbers in the early break but due to the infighting for bonus seconds.