Thomas Voeckler (Direct Energie) won the final stage and the overall classification of the 2nd Tour de Yorkshire. Nicholas Roche (Team Sky) was 2nd and Adam Yates (Orica-Greenedge) finished in 3rd place.
Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka were part of the action all day as from the gun, Nathan Haas (pictured above) jumped into a 10 rider breakaway. Haas was constantly pushing the pace and looked to be one of the strongest in the break, even collecting a number of points in the King of Mountains competition on some of the early climbs.
Team Sky kept the gap small though and with 90km to go, the wind really started to howl which the British team then used to split the race and reel-in Haas and his breakaway companions. Our African Team were attentive to the accelerations upfront with Bernie Eisel looking after Serge Pauwels right up at the pointy end of the race.
The main group would split and regroup on a number of occasions and on each occasion, less and less riders would make it back. With 28km to go just 20 of the strongest riders remained at the head of the race, Pauwels included. Roche then put in a stinging attack that only Adam Yates (Orica-Greenedge) could follow. It was a dangerous move and it needed an immediate reaction, Pauwels was the first to take responsibility and began the chase.
Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo), Anthony Turgis (Cofidis) and Voeckler then jumped across the gap. Pauwels was left chasing with a group not all that willing to work together. The 5 leaders were able to build up a lead of a minute and that was enough to decide the stage. Pauwels came home with the chase group, crossing the line in 12th place which was good enough to secure 9th on the overall classification.
As it turned out, even though Haas’ break was caught midway through the stage, our Australian had still earned enough King of the Mountian points on the first few climbs of the stage to win the jersey overall. It was a nice classification victory for our African Team to end off a great 3 days of racing in Yorkshire.
Nathan Haas – Rider
Tour of Yorkshire is an incredible race, you just have to look at the crowd here at the finish. This is a stadium for a race that should be much bigger than a 2.1. I have to thank both the Tour of Yorkshire and the council for putting it on but also to Dimension Data for getting behind such an amazing event that we are going to see grow and as Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka, it will be great to be part of that.