The 16km course was not one for the time trial purists at all as riders were sent straight up a vicious 5km climb before a tricky descent toward the finish, taking in another steep ramp of over 20% just before the line as well. It was no surprise when the climbers populated the top of the results sheet but Steve Cummings and Serge Pauwels both gave the hill a good bash for Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka.
When Cummings crossed the line, he had the 3rd fastest time of the day but as the big general classification contenders came home, our Brit slowly got dislodged from his high placing. Eventually Cummings would end in 31st position, 2'07" behind Contador. Pauwels also did a solid ride, ending with a time just 3 seconds off of his teammate.
In the overall general classification, Pauwels managed to climb up into the top 20 and would end this very difficult edition of the Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco in 19th place for our African Team.