Alexis Vuillermoz (AG2R La Mondiale) won the 8th stage of the Tour de France, riding clear on the Mur de Bretagne. Dan Martin (Cannondale-Garmin) was 2nd and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) came in in 3rd place. MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung’s first objective of the day was to retain Daniel Teklehaimanot’s Polka Dot jersey. With 2 points available at the stage finish, our African team were relying largely on Joquim Rodriguez (Katusha) not winning the stage, as he was the only real threat to Daniel’s jersey today. With Vuillermoz taking the victory, Daniel will keep the Polka Dots for another day. The stage saw a group of 4 riders.
The Tour of Austria’s 7th stage would only be a short one at 124km in length but the racing would be fast and furious. In the end it was a big 21 rider break that would decide the day with Lukas Pöstlberger (Tirol) taking the stage win ahead of Eduard Vorganov (Katusha) and Moreno Moser (Cannondale). The large group of 21 riders escaped just after the only categorised climb of the day, a cat 4 climb coming with 23km completed. MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung had our South African rider, Jaco Venter represented in the big move. It was rather interesting that the peloton let such a large.
The 7th stage of the Tour de France saw Daniel Teklehaimanot get to show off his newly earned Polka Dot jersey, and he did so with pride by making it into the breakaway again. Gruber Images caught all the spots on camera..