Tour de France #18: GC contenders do battle on mountain TT

Daniel Teklehaimanot 1 TdF Stage 13 Grubers

Chris Froome (Team Sky) won the stage 18 uphill time trial to Megeve, extending his lead in the overall classification. 2nd place went to Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) and Fabio Aru (Astana) finished in 3rd place.

For Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka, the 17km uphill time trial was not a stage which our African Team riders would target. The tough nature of the course meant it would be a showdown between the top GC contenders as the early times set would all tumble once the climbers reached the finish.

Daniel Teklehaimanot would end up with our team’s best time of the day as he completed the 17km course in a time of 33’22”. This time would be 2’38” slower than that of Froome, but of little concern at the end of the day. There are still two tough stages coming up in the Alps and the slightly easier day had by Serge Pauwels, Natnael Berhane and Daniel Teklehaimanot today, should stand the trio in good stead to make an opportunists move before we reach Paris.

Reinardt Janse van Rensburg – Rider
It was a pretty tough time trial. The course was definitely designed for a climber and it was one of the toughest courses I have ever done for a time trial. The crowds were great and there was a lot of South African support out there which was really motivating. I had a lot of Afrikaans people shouting at me which was nice. I really enjoyed today.

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