The 20th edition of the Vattenfall Cyclassics started spectacularly with the riders departing from a ferry in the harbor of Kiel. From there the organizers sent the peloton south towards Hamburg. With 221 kilometers and the main difficulties in the latter part of the race the team kept it’s cards close to the chest. An early break of four took off after only a few kilometers. Alex Dowsett (Movistar), Matteo Bono (Lampre-Merida), Jan Barta (Bora-Argon 18), and Martin Mortensen (Cult Energy) built up a solid lead of around 5 minutes. Halfway through the race the peloton increased its pace. Lotto-Soudal for eventual winner André Greipel.
The 2nd stage of the La Vuelta a Espana saw Esteban Chaves (Orica-Greenedge) take the victory ahead of Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) and Nicolas Roche (Team Sky). Louis Meintjes was our highest placed rider in 14th place on the day. It was an interesting stage to Caminito Del Rey that saw the General Classification riders come out to play, not your usual scenario for the 2nd day of a grand tour. There was an early break of 6 riders but Katusha and Movistar were riding for their respective Spanish leaders and never let the escapees lead by much more than 3 minutes. There was some drama.