Eritrean Daniel Teklehaimanot (pictured above) once again flew the flag of Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka on stage 7 of the 2016 Amgen Tour of California. He was part of an early 14 rider break which formed after the first of today’s six categorized climbs. It was an illustrious group with riders like Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) and Greg Van Avermaet. However, they were not allowed to stay away.
Etixx-QuickStep for overall leader Julien Alaphilippe and Direct Energie kept the break within distance. Halfway through the stage Sagan attacked the break and rode solo off the front. In the peloton, though, Katusha joined in on the pacemaking and eventually helped to reel in all riders of the former breakaway.
In the end this initiative would prove successful as Alexander Kristoff went on to win the stage. Alaphilippe held on to the overall lead. Teklehaimanot defended his top20 position, going into the final stage in 18th place overall. Stage 8 in Sacramento is going to be one for the sprinters.
Roger Hammond – Sports Director
Today’s stage of the Amgen Tour of California was one of the hardest of this year’s race. Daniel rode attentively and was able to defend his position in the overall. Tomorrow will be a fast stage, which will likely finish with a sprint. It another chance for us to win a stage here and we’ll go for it.