Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka was in the mix again on stage 7 of Tour de Suisse. Lachlan Morton managed to make it into the early breakaway, while Merhawi Kudus fought hard on the final climb to keep Top15 in the general classification.
Today’s stage was the last chance for the pure climbers to put their mark on the race. With a steep and long ascent towards the finishing line, only those who excel in the mountains would be able to fight for glory. However, the beginning of the stage was rather flat. Therefore, the climbers knew it would be difficult to make it into the early breakaway. Regardless, it didn’t stop Morton from trying to join the early moves and after a fierce fight, the 25-year-old Australian succeeded in getting away with 17 other riders. The front group worked well together but the peloton never let the break get too far away. Ag2r and CCC kept the gap at around three minutes and when the riders took on the final climb, it all came back together again.
Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka did well to position Kudus near the front of the pack. However, as Katusha started to set the pace, the group quickly shrunk due to the furious tempo. Kudus decided to keep his own rhythm on the steep slopes towards the top and he managed to limit his losses and fight back to take 22nd place on the day. Simon Spilak (Katusha) won the stage after a long solo effort, which also saw him dethrone race leader Domenico Pozzovivo (Ag2r) and take the yellow jersey. After an impressive fight, Kudus managed to hold on to his Top15 spot overall.