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The early racing saw the escapees group form after just 20km's of racing. With representation from nearly all the teams the gap grew quickly. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung had hoped for a sprint today but no other team would assist with the chase. With our 5 riders up against the 20 riders up the road, it was always going to be a stretch too far.

Nevertheless, with Serge Pauwels still represented in the large breakaway group, our Belgian would go on to cross the line in 7th place on the stage. After yesterdays prologue results, Meyer pulls on the race leaders jersey while Serge now sits in 11th place on the GC.

"It was a hot day and the race started with a tough climb. On the climb I rode away with 20 other riders. It was a hard day but my legs got better in the final. This is the perfect start to the Sun Tour for me." Serge Pauwels - Rider

"The plan was to go for the sprint today with Gossy and Farrar. Directly from the start though there was a tough 6km climb where 21 riders went clear. We chased from the peleton but received no help from the other teams. In the end it was still a good stage for us. Serge was really good and with Sundays GC deciding stage to come, we are in a nice position for the overall classification." Michel Cornelisse - Michel Cornelisse