The 4th stage of the Tour de France saw riders take on the cobbled roads of Northern France. It would be a thrilling stage that saw our Norwegian champion, Edvald Boasson Hagen sprint to an incredible 5th place on the stage. Tony Martin would take the stage victory after escaping with 3km to go. After the 7 cobble sectors that covered a total of 13.3km of today’s 221km stage, it would be the strongest 35 riders that survived to contest for the stage victory. Edvald Boasson Hagen was part of this select group after some good early work by the MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung team, particularly.
The 2nd and 3rd stage of the Tour of Austria was all about defending Gerald Ciolek’s yellow leaders jersey. The team were fantastic, particularly on stage 2 by riding into a headwind for 4 hours to hold onto the jersey. Stiehl Photography captured all the action once again..
The 3rd stage of the Tour of Austria saw another bunch sprint for the 3rd day in a row. Today’s victor was Rick Zabel (BMC Racing), he crossed the line just ahead of Angel Vicioso (Katusha) and Jan Tratnik (Amplatz-BMC). Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung were once again part of the finale as Kristian Sbaragli finished 1 step off the podium in 4th during the big bunch sprint. The sprinters almost missed their chance today as 7 riders escaped very late in the stage and had the chance to make it to the finish together. A lack of cooperation put an end to their hopes though..
The 3rd stage of the Tour de France was a dramatic one that saw Serge Pauwles in the breakaway, a massive crash that brought the stage to a hault and then the finish up the infamous Mur de Huy. Gruber Images caught all the action as they do best..
Go behind the scenes with MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung at their historic first appearance at the Tour de France. Join us as we look back at how the first 3 stages played out for the team..