The first transitional stage between the Pyrenees and the Alps would be won by the Belgian, Greg van Avermaet (BMC Racing). Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) was the rider in 2nd place and Jan Bakelants (AG2R La Mondiale) was 3rd. A 6 rider break went clear inside of 10km from the start but Team Giant-Alpecin had ideas of a stage win today and held the escapees around 4’00” all day. With 40km to go, Orica-Greenedge and Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung came to the fore in assisting to reel in the fugitives. Jacques Janse van Rensburg, Daniel Teklehaimanot and Steve Cummings would all put in some big turns.

As is becoming the norm, it was another dramatic day of racing at the 12th Tour de France stage. A bit of sweat, a bit more blood and a lot of rain on a day where Louis Meintjes climbed to 5th place on the stage. Gruber Images were on point as per usual..

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 stages 7, 8, & 9 – as the team comes together and the race starts to take shape..