The completion of the final Criterium du Dauphine stage brought with it a tremendous amount of joy for Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung as Daniel Teklehaimanot would win the King of the Mountians polka dot jersey, our African team’s first ever World Tour leaders jersey. Starting the day with an unsurpassable lead, Daniel only needed to make sure he reached the finish line in Modane Valfrejus today, to secure the coveted climbers jersey. The stage would work out better than planned for MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung though as Steve Cummings would make the 13 rider break of the day. Steve would go on to be the strongest.
The Rund um Koln would see a 5 rider sprint off to decide the victory with Tom Boonen (Etixx-Quickstep) being the first across the line. Edward Theuns (Topsport Vlaanderen) was 2nd and the 3rd place went to Andreas Schillinger (Bora-Argon). MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung started the race with high hopes and some really positive intentions as they continually animated the opening stages of the race. Adrien Niyonshuti was the first rider from our African team to go on the offensive today as he got into the intial break of the day. Not content to have the break controlled all day by the sprinters teams for a.
Today the Rund um Koln gets underway. The German single day UCI race is an event that Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung has been a part of since our team turned professional in 2013. This year our African team will take to the start with the hope of improving on Gerald Ciolek’s 3rd place last year. At 196km in length the UCI 1.1 race will take riders through the many undulating hills just outside of Cologne before riders enter the city center for 5 laps of the finishing 6.6km circuit. The circuit finish always lends itself to a big bunch sprint, as was the case last.