The 11th stage of the Tour de France had MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung fans on the edge of their seats as Serge Pauwels rode incredibly well to eventually finish in 4th place on the day. The stage victory went to Rafal Majka (Tinkoff-Saxo). With most teams believing the break would survive today, there was a huge fight to get into the early move of the day. Edvald Boasson Hagen broke away after 5km of racing with 3 other riders and the quartet then held on to a 30 second lead for around 35km’s, riding at close on a 50km/h average. The peloton never gave up on.
The first stage of the Pyrenees saw our MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung boys put on a good show with Serge Pauwels and Jacques Janse van Rensburg both climbing to a top 20 stage finish. Louis Meintjes was not far off the pace either. Gruber Images were out on the mountains for us..