The 6th stage of the Tour de France would be a historical day for African cycling as Daniel Teklehaimanot became the first African rider to pull on the Polka Dot best climbers jersey and only the 3rd African ever, to wear a leader’s jersey at the Tour de France. Daniel set off in pursuit of history when he got into the 3 rider break of the day that got clear after just 5km of racing. There would be 3 category 4 climbs on route today, with 1 point available to the first rider over the top of each climb. Perrig Quemeneur (Europcar) and Kenneth Vanbilsen (Cofidis).
An incredible ride by Johann van Zyl during the 5th Tour of Austria stage saw the young South African pick up his first ever professional win, crossing the line alone and just a handful of seconds ahead of a fast charging peloton. After an initial break of 6 riders were caught with around 60km to go, 3 new riders jumped clear including Johann. Our South African was joined by Grischa Janorschke (Vorarlberg) and Lukas Pöstlberger (Tirol). The trio combined well to establish a maximum of 3 minutes advantage over the peloton. The peloton soon realised the danger of the escape and began the chase. The urgency.
The 5th stage was labelled the toughest yet by the riders. Wind, rain and numerous crashes plagued the riders. Our African toughed it out, eventually finishing with 2 broken bikes, a more than fair amount of road rash and a 5th place on the stage… a good day’s work! All the action caught by Gruber Images..