Jay Thomson would assert himself upon the 2nd Tour of Utah stage by making the break of the day and then still sprinting to 10th place after getting caught by the reduced peloton. Jure Kocjan (Smartstop) was the rider who won the stage. After an early attack by Adrien Niyonshuti was caught inside of the first 15km, Jay then went on the attack and would lead the race solo up to the 40km mark where 3 riders then joined up with our South African strongman. The yellow jersey team was a bit nervous to give the break much of a gap so Jay and company.
The rain soaked opening stage of the Tour of Denmark saw a late escape take the spoils with Lars Boom (Astana) being the first rider across the line. Lars Bak (Lotto-Soudal) was 2nd and Asbjorn Kragh Andersen (Trefor-Blue Water) finished in 3rd. There would be a frantic start the stage which saw the riders complete 50km in the first hour of racing. A large group of 44 riders eventually separated itself from the rest of the peloton and opened up a 30″ gap. MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung had good representation in the front and so we drove the pace with Tinkoff-Saxo. Strangely a whole host of punctures.
Johann van Zyl put in a strong ride at the opening stage of the 2015 Tour of Utah. His gutsy move earned him the jersey for the most aggressive rider of the day. Dave Richards was on route for us to capture the action in what turned out to be an active but also rain soaked day..
We spoke to Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung’s Doug Ryder after the sun went down on the Champs-Élysées and the 2015 Tour de France. Ryder recaps the challenges and successes of the team’s first time at the race..