As we headed to the mountains, Serge Pauwels and Tom-Jelte Slagter were in the action for Team Dimension Data. Pauwels took 5th on the stage, his 7th career top-10 stage performance at the Tour de France with our African Team..
Julian Alaphilippe (Quickstep-Floors) won the first mountain stage of this year’s Tour de France, soloing to victory on today’s stage 10. Ion Izaguirre (Bahrain-Merida) finished in 2nd place and 3rd went to Rein Taaramae (Direct-Energie). The first mountain stage of the Tour de France was a thriller with no less than 5 categorised climbs included into the relatively short 158km stage. The stage started with a bang, as many riders hoped to try and make the early break, believing it would survive to the finish. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka was of the same opinion and so we had Serge Pauwels and Tom-Jelte Slagter marking.
Sunday’s cobbles at Le Tour de France was straight up chaotic… but you loved it, right? We did too!.