In his first race back after the Tour de France, Daniel Teklehaimanot was again the protagonist as he put in a late attack at the opening Tour du Poitou Charentes stage which resulted in a 7th place finish. The stage may have been won by Arnaud Gerard (Bretagne-Seche) with Maxime Daniel (AG2R La Mondiale) 2nd and Sep Vanmarcke (Lotto-Jumbo) 3rd but it was Daniel who initiated the defining move of the day. After the early escape was caught, Daniel took it upon himself to light up the racing with just over 15km to go. Our Eritrean star put in a solo attack and quickly got.
After another long hot day at the Vuelta a Espana, Alejandre Valverde (Movistar) won the 5th stage to Vejer de la Frontera. Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) was 2nd in the uphill sprint with Dani Moreno (Katusha) rounding out the podium. At 213km in length, stage 5 would be the 2nd longest stage of the race. It was a predominantly flat course that saw 6 riders go clear in the opening kilometer of the race. Initially there was no chase, so the gap ballooned to just over 13 minutes rather quickly. Eventually Orica-Greenedge decided to come to the front and set the tempo. Tinkoff-Saxo would be the.
The first days at La Vuelta have been exciting in a lot of different ways. After the presentation on Friday, racing got off with a somehow “special” start. On the first uphill finish, Louis Meintjes showed his strength. Yesterday, our Eritrean road race champion Natnael Berhane represented the team in the days break, before Kristian Sbaragli sprinted to our first Top10 in the race..
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. Reinardt Janse van Rensburg flew MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung’s flag in the finale and finished 13th..