The second and final rest day is arrived yesterday, and not a moment too soon! Soaring temperatures, difficult parcours and some teams becoming progressively more desperate for a result have made this one of the hardest Tours in recent memory. Tyler Farrar, our most experienced grand tour rider, agrees with this opinion. He also revealed that he can’t remember feeling this good and relatively “fresh” on the second rest day of a Tour. It is signs such as this that reveal how the years of planning and our careful build-up to The Tour are bearing fruit. Where do I start when trying to describe the.

Stage 17 of the Tour de France would be another excellent day for Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung, as our African team consolidated its 2nd place in the team ranking overall by having 3 riders finish in the top 15 on the stage. Simon Geschke (Giant-Alpecin) was the rider who won the stage.  With a large break of 28 riders going clear today, MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung had three riders placed in the big move of the day. Serge Pauwels, Daniel Teklehaimanot and Merhawi Kudus were the three riders on the attack. It would be a tough first stage in the Alps with 5 categorised climbs on.