The 3rd and 4th stages of the Amgen Tour of California saw an active MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung team. Daniel Teklehaimanot was particularly jumpy, as seen in the pictures below where he was in the stage 4 breakaway. Images courtesy of Stiehl Photography..
For the 2nd day in succession MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung had a rider in the break at the Bayern Rundfahrt. Today was the turn of Adrien Niyonshuti to go on the offensive as he formed part of the early 6 rider breakaway. After going clear within the first 15km of the stage, the leading 6 riders would combine well together and muscled out a lead just over 6 minutes. It took a concerted chase by Cofidis and Bora-Argon before the gap started to decrease. Adrien and his fellow escapees would push the peloton deep into the stage but with strong sprinters in their midst, Giant-Alpecin, Cofidis.
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It would be another bunch sprint that decided the 4th stage of the Amgen Tour of California. This time Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) would be able to better his 3 previous 2nd places and take the win. Wouter Wippert (Drapac) would run 2nd while Mark Cavendish had to settle for 3rd. MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung could be pleased with their efforts on the day after Daniel Teklehaimanot was in the break of the day while Tyler Farrar cracked the top 5 in the sprint finish. Daniel would get away with 4 other riders in the early part of the 173km stage. Initially Daniel wasn’t in the move.