Nicolas Roche (Team Sky) won the 18th stage of the Vuelta a Espana after out-sprinting fellow breakaway partner Haimer Zubeldia (Trek Factory Racing). Louis Meintjes was our top finisher in 17th Roche and Zubeldia were initially part of a 25 rider breakaway that also included our Songezo Jim. One of the riders also in the move was Bart de Clercq (Lotto-Soudal) who sat in 14th place on the GC. Once the break got a 6 minute lead, de Clercq became a threat to Louis Meintjes top 10 GC placing. With Giant-Alpecin only really committing a single rider to the chase, our African team then took control of the race to protect.
There have been a lot of talks before stage 5 of the Tour of Britain. The peloton faced 166 lumpy kilometers from Prudhoe to the summit of the scenic Hartside climb, a stage made to reshuffle the overall. And MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung was set to leave its mark on it. Edvald Boasson Hagen and Serge Pauwels headed into the stage with good positions in the overall, giving the team options to play with. When an early group of five broke clear, MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung stayed near the front of the peloton. The break was able to establish a lead of more than six minutes. Yet.