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  1. https://www.criterium-du-dauphine.fr/en/ Exceptional list of riders taking to the startline: GC battle is going to be HOT, with 5 out of the stages 5 having uphill finishes. Lotto Jumbo vs Ineos, and then enough other contenders to keep things very lively. We will soon find out who has come out of lockdown with some climbing legs. AG2R La Mondiale Romain Bardet, Pierre Latour, Tony Gallopin, Benoît Cosnefroy, Mikaël Cherel, Aurélien Paret-Peintre, Nans Peters Astana Pro Team Miguel Ángel López, Alexey Lutsenko, Luis León Sánchez, Gorka Izagirre, Omar Fraile, Merhawi Kudus, Nikita Stalnov Bahrain McLaren Mikel Landa, Dylan Teuns, Matej Mohoric, Pello Bilbao, Rafael Valls, Damiano Caruso, Sonny Colbrelli BORA – hansgrohe Peter Sagan, Emanuel Buchmann, Lennard Kämna, Daniel Oss, Felix Großschartner, Gregor Mühlberger, Andreas Schillinger Cofidis, Solutions Crédits Nicolas Edet, Guillaume Martin, Victor Lafay, Luis Ángel Maté, Anthony Perez, Pierre-Luc Périchon, Stéphane Rossetto CCC Team Michael Schär, Jan Hirt, Victor de la Parte, Pavel Kochetkov, Łukasz Wisniowski, Will Barta, Fausto Masnada Deceuninck – Quick-Step Julian Alaphilippe, Bob Jungels, Kasper Asgreen, Tim De Clercq, Mauri Vansevenant, Rémi Cavagna, James Knox EF Pro Cycling Rigoberto Uran, Daniel Felipe Martínez, Sergio Higuita, Hugh Carthy, Jens Keukeleire, Tejay van Garderen, Tanel Kangert Groupama – FDJ Thibaut Pinot, Stefan Küng, Valentin Madouas, Antoine Duchesne, Sébastien Reichenbach, Bruno Armirail, Matthieu Ladagnous Israel Start-Up Nation Daniel Martin, André Greipel, Hugo Hofstetter, Krists Neilands, Guy Niv, Nils Politt, Mads Würtz Schmidt Jumbo – Visma Primoz Roglic, Tom Dumoulin, Steven Kruijswijk, Robert Gesink, Wout Van Aert, Tony Martin, Sepp Kuss Lotto Soudal Thomas De Gendt, Carl Fredrik Hagen, Harm Vanhoucke, Jelle Wallays, Sander Armée, Rémy Mertz, Brent Van Moer Mitchelton-Scott Adam Yates, Brent Bookwalter, Jack Haig, Daryl Impey, Christopher Juul-Jensen, Damien Howson, Nick Schultz Movistar Team Enric Mas, Marc Soler, Alejandro Valverde, José Joaquin Rojas, Carlos Verona, Antonio Pedrero, Nelson Oliveira NTT Pro Cycling Roman Kreuziger, Domenico Pozzovivo, Edvald Boasson Hagen, Michael Valgren, Louis Meintjes, Michael Gogl, Ben O’Connor Team Ineos Chris Froome, Egan Bernal, Geraint Thomas, Jonathan Castroviejo, Pavel Sivakov, Dylan van Baarle, Michal Kwiatkowski Team Sunweb Tiesj Benoot, Søren Kragh Andersen, Nicolas Roche, Marc Hirschi, Jasha Sütterlin, Mark Donovan, Nikias Arndt Trek – Segafredo Richie Porte, Pieter Weening, Michel Ries, Niklas Eg, Kenny Elissonde, Juan Pedro López, Toms Skujins UAE-Team Emirates Tadej Pogacar, Davide Formolo, Alexander Kristoff, David de la Cruz, Jan Polanc, Sven Erik Bystrøm, Vegard Stake Laengen ProTeams Arkéa Samsic Nairo Quintana, Warren Barguil, Maxime Bouet, Dayer Quintana, Diego Rosa, Winner Anacona, Clément Russo B&B Hotels – Vital Concept p/b KTM Pierre Rolland, Tom-Jelte Slagter, Cyril Gautier, Quentin Pacher, Maxime Chevalier, Arnaud Courteille, Sebastian Schönberger Circus – Wanty Gobert Jan Bakelants, Xandro Meurisse, Quinten Hermans, Fabien Doubey, Thomas Degand, Alexander Evans, Jeremy Bellicaud Team Total Direct Energie Romain Sicard, Niccolò Bonifazio, Rein Taaramäe, Jérôme Cousin, Fabien Grellier, Geoffrey Soupe, Mathieu Burgaudeau
  2. The 34 year old crashed towards the end of his route recon in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes, sustaining injuries including a fractured right femur, a fractured elbow and fractured ribs. Froome has subsequently been ruled out of the rest of the race and will also miss the 2019 Tour de France. Team Doctor, Richard Usher, said: "Chris was taken to Roanne Hospital where initial examinations confirmed multiple injuries, most notably a fractured right femur and right elbow. He has also suffered fractured ribs. He is now being airlifted to St Etienne University Hospital for further treatment. “On behalf of the Team, I would like to commend the treatment he received from the emergency services and all at Roanne Hospital in assessing and stabilising him. “We will now turn our focus towards supporting him in his recovery." Team Principal, Sir Dave Brailsford, added: "Our primary focus now is obviously on ensuring Chris gets the very best possible care, which he will do, so he can recover as soon as possible. “One of our big strengths on this team is coming together in difficult moments, and we will ensure we do everything possible to support Chris and his family.” Brailsford continued: “Even though we all recognise the risks involved in our sport, it’s always traumatic when a rider crashes and sustains serious injuries. “Chris had worked incredibly hard to get in fantastic shape and was on track for the Tour, which unfortunately he will now miss. “One of the things which sets Chris apart is his mental strength and resilience – and we will support him totally in his recovery, help him to recalibrate and assist him in pursuing his future goals and ambitions.” Everyone at Team INEOS wishes Chris well in his recovery.
  3. After starting the day in second place overall, two seconds behind the race leader, Impey knew he had the opportunity to take the leader's jersey and went on to do so by taking valuable bonus seconds on the finish line. The 33-year-old is the first South African rider to wear the Criterium du Dauphine leader's jersey and it is the second time Mitchelton-SCOTT has held the race lead in the French tour. Photo courtesy of Getty Images. Four-man breakaway Four riders created the main breakaway of the day on the second, 177 kilometre stage from Montbrison to Belleville en Beaujolais. Antoine Duchesne (FDJ), Pierre-Luc Perichon (Vital concepts), Frederik Backaert (Wanty-Gobart) and Nikita Stalnov (Astana) worked well together to open up a solid lead, gaining a maximum advantage of over six minutes after the first 50km of racing.As the race rolled over the third category climbs, the current race leading team, Team Sky, led the gradual chase and caught one of the breakaway riders with 40kilometres to go and two more remaining escapees with 18 kilometres remaining. One ahead As the race headed into the final 10 kilometres, the pace was high but one breakaway rider still remained in front. Stalnov battled on ahead, making hard work for the Australian outfit.Fully committed to the plan, Mitchelton-SCOTT sat at the head of the peloton leading the chase with four and finally reeled in the leader with just one kilometre to go. Impey was able to surf the wheels in the closing few hundred metres to finish in third place and sweep up the bonus seconds he needed to leap-frog Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) in the general classification. Kwiatkowski suffered a fall in the final kilometres and finished behind the peloton, however, with the three kilometre rule in place, the Sky rider remained on the same time as the bunch and finished the day in second place overall behind Impey. I didn't think I was going to come anywhere close to getting the jersey coming into the Dauphine, so I am really surprising myself here.Yesterday I had a great day and today we decided to take the initiative and go for the jersey. We did a lot to bring it back and then I had a good enough sprint to take some bonus seconds. We have a great team for the coming team time trial, we have to be the fastest of course to keep the jersey. We have to try to get the biggest margin possible over the other GC guys and we will certainly be giving it our best. Daryl Impey - Race leader Criterium du Dauphine stage 2 results: 1. Pascal Ankermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) 4:19 2. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension-Data) ST 3. Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-SCOTT) STGeneral classification after stage 2: 1. Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-SCOTT) 8:51 2. Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) +0:02 3. Gianni Moscon (Team Sky) +0:05
  4. The latest chapter in the Froome vs Contador story opens this coming Sunday (5th June). The 68th edition of the Critérium du Dauphiné commences with a short 3.9km Prologue, followed by 7 tough mountainous stages. Besides Froome and Contador, the list of GC candidates is full of heavy hitters: Fabio Aru Mikel Landa Joaquin Rodriguez Romain Bardet Thibaut Pinot Richie Porte Louis Meintjes Ryder Hesjedal Bauke Mollema Adam Yates Dan Martin Pierre Rolland This is going to be a cracker, folks
  5. The 151km long stage from Le Pont-de-Claix to Superdévoluy saw an early break of 20 riders. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka had Teklehaimanot, who was equal on points with overnight KOM classification leader Thibaut Pinot, and Cummings (pictured above) in the group. The peloton, including all the GC contenders, didn’t let them get to far off the front. However, a gap of around two minutes was enough for Teklehaimanot to score the needed points in his fight for glory. With roughly 70km to go Cummings attacked the break and took off alone. While his move split the the former break, Teklehaimanot (pictured above) was able to stay in the chase group, allowing Cummings to increase his lead. Over the following kilometers, the British time trial specialist opened up a gap of over 2min over the chasers. With 30km and two climbs to go the peloton was another 2min back. Inside the final 15km the peloton, lead by Etixx-QuickStep, picked up the pace and reeled the chase back in. However, Cummings was able to defend his lead and crossed the line in Superdévoluy 3.58min ahead of Daniel Martin (Etixx-QuickStep) and Roman Bardet (Ag2R). While the overall went to Chris Froome (Sky), it was our African team, who put on a strong show at the Critérium du Dauphiné. With 2 stage wins, as well as the Green jersey and the Polka Dots jersey Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka left its mark in the French Alps. It was an unreal day today, the best for Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka so far. Steve was really strong, it was a great solo. We also wanted to get the Polka Dot jersey back onto Daniel’s shoulders and were able to do so. With two stage wins through Edvald and Steve, and the wins in the Points classification through Edvald and the KOM classification through Daniel it was simply an amazing week! Jean-Pierre Heynderickx – Sports Director
  6. With 7 categorised climbs included in today's 140km from La Ravoire to Vaujany, everything was geared toward an exciting stage and the racing did not disappoint. Constant attacking from the gun made it difficult for the break of the day to form. Eventually 4 riders went clear after around 20km of racing but there was a large group of nearly 25 riders chasing these 4 at 30 seconds, the peloton a further 30 seconds back. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka had Daniel Teklehaimanot, Edvald Boasson Hagen and Steve Cummings in the chase group. Teklehaimanot was chasing King of the Mountains points today and with the help of his two teammates, the big chase group caught the 4 leaders just before the category 1 Col du Barrioz. Teklehaimanot was strong enough to go over the summit in first place, adding 10 points to his tally. The next climb was the category 2 Col des Ayes and nobody could stop our Eritrean from taking maximum points on the line there either. Teklehaimanot now just had to complete the stage in order to pull on the polka dot jersey. The peloton wasn’t content with having such a big group out front, heading into the last half of the stage. Tinkoff kept the chase going until the 25 lead riders sat up and returned to the peloton, bar 5 riders. These new attackers were able to ride ahead by 2 minutes before the road started rising toward Vaujany. Tinkoff kept controlling the pace and as the race approached the final 6.8km climb to the line, Sky and FDJ also began working. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka had Igor Anton and Serge Pauwles riding among the main contenders up until 3km to go. This is where Team Sky made its mark on the stage with Mikel Landa the first to attack, reeling in the breakaway riders at the same time before Froome countered and went into the lead with Porte in tow. Froome took a good win and Pauwels was our African Teams best placed finisher on the day in 22nd. It worked out to be a fantastic day for Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka though because Boasson Hagen retained his green sprinters jersey and Teklehaimanot pulled on the polka dot jersey. It was a really great day after yesterday, where Eddy won the stage. So I have a lot motivation to do something good and win the polka dot jersey again. It was a really hard start today but Eddy helped me to win the sprint in the first category climb and the second category that followed as well. He did a great job for me. It won't be easy to keep the jersey but it is my goal to win it. Daniel Teklehaimanot - Rider
  7. As the riders left Creches-sur-Saone Teklehaimanot made his intentions clear straight away as he attacked after just 9km of racing. Our Eritrean star managed to get a gap on the peloton before 4 other riders got across to him and together, the 5 would form the main break of the day. As the defending champ of the Dauphine King of the Mountains jersey, Teklehaimanot made sure he won the sprint for the KOM points on offer at the first 2 categorised climbs of the stage. At first, the peloton held the 5 escapees at between 2 and 3 minutes but with 40km to go, the break's continual effort to push on saw the lead increase to 5 minutes. There were still 2 categorised climbs to race over in the final 18km of the stage and Teklehaimanot would have needed to at least win maximum points on the penultimate climb to pull on the jersey. When the break started the climb the gap had dropped to just under 2 minutes and Team Sky and Etixx-Quickstep were really committed to the chase. Unfortunately, Daniel would be caught be the main group before the summit but with the points won earlier in the stage, he now sits 3rd in the King of the Mountains competition. With the break being reeled in on the climb, a number of attacks then came from the peloton and a large number of riders were also being shelled out the back of the main group at the same point in time. Pauwels put in a strong acceleration with 10km to go and eventually 3 other riders joined him as they went into the race lead with 8km to go. The quartet was able to work well together and started the final 3km climb with a 20" advantage. The yellow jersey group which was now only 30 riders strong, never gave up chasing though and the race came back together with 500m to go. Pauwels gave his all to follow the wheel of Jesus Herrada (Movistar) who came flying past with the line in sight but it was Herrada who took the stage win, Tony Gallopin (Lotto-Soudal) just edged ahead of Pauwels to secure 2nd place with our Belgian finishing in the final podium position on the stage. On the second last climb I felt very good. Edvald told me he was not feeling so good anymore and that I could do my own race. I took my chance once Daniel was caught. I felt very strong but it was difficult in the last kilometer as the peloton was getting very close. I tried everything I could. I am happy with my form and the result, although it is a missed chance. Serge Pauwels - Rider
  8. The Criterium du Dauphine, as one may know already, is used as the final dress rehearsal for the Tour de France. As the Dauphine takes in many of the same roads and has much of the same organisational structures as the Tour, it attracts the majority of the peloton which will start the Grande Boucle just 4 weeks later. The timing of the event also makes it the perfect race to complete your final Tour preparation. Daniel Teklehaimanot proved this when he won the King of the Mountains jersey at the Dauphine last year and then went on to wear the Polka Dot jersey at the Tour de France a few weeks later as well. This year, Teklehaimanot returns to the Dauphine as do a number of our 2015 Tour de France stars. Steve Cummings, Serge Pauwels and Edvald Boasson Hagen will all line-up for the start in Les-Gets on Sunday. Youcef Reguigui, Nathan Haas, Omar Fraile and Igor Anton will complete our team that competes in this French World Tour event. As it will certainly be a high quality field, another extremely tough race is expected particularly when you factor in the Dauphine route this year. Starting with a mountain climb prologue we then have 5 medium mountain stages (stages 1,2,3,4 & 7) and 2 big mountain stages (stage 5 & 6), both of which are summit finishes. With the team of climbers and punchy riders we have assembled for the Dauphine, stage wins will be the priority for our African Team. The Dauphine is the last big preparation race for the Tour de France. However, it is already a beautiful race by itself with lots of climbing, especially this year. I want to use the race to dig deep for the Tour but there are some stages in this Dauphine that suit my capabilities, so I will try to obtain a good result on these stages. We have riders that can do well on each stage, so our team will be strong. Serge Pauwels - Rider
  9. Starting the day with an unsurpassable lead, Daniel only needed to make sure he reached the finish line in Modane Valfrejus today, to secure the coveted climbers jersey. The stage would work out better than planned for MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung though as Steve Cummings would make the 13 rider break of the day. Steve would go on to be the strongest of the attackers today as he was the sole surviving escapee when the race hit the final 8.4km climb. With a 1 minute lead Steve began the final climb. Surprisingly Team Astana decided to set the pace on the lower slopes of the climb, halving Steve's advantage before fading away. Steve dug really deep after being on the attack for 150km but he was unfortunately caught at 2.5km to go when Chris Froome (Team Sky) put in his race winning attack. Froome rode to the stage and overall GC win ahead of Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing). After Steve's monumental effort today, the smiles in the MTN-Qhubkea p/b Samsung camp only got broader as Daniel made his way up the final climb to cross the line with the polka dot jersey secure on his shoulders. The jersey would be the sure highlight of an incredible week which also saw brilliant stage performances by Louis Meintjes, Edvald Boasson Hagen and the entire team in general. I am very happy to win the climbers jersey. This is a very special result for me, it is like a dream. I am also happy for the team to get this jersey because you can see it means a lot for everyone as well. I have received a lot of support and nice words from many people in Eritrea and everywhere in the world. I am thankful for the team and I am happy that I can help promote our Qhubeka charity and 5000 bicycles campaign by winning this jersey. I will race the Tour de France with high motivation. Daniel Teklehaimanot - Rider To summarise our Dauphine, the last 8 days were absolutely incredible. To win the climbers jersey which is our first ever World Tour jersey, every day we were part of the action. We were in break, we were doing the leadouts and we were sprinting. We had incredible stage performances by Louis, even Steve today. These were amazing results for us and so the team rode incredibly well. We have our major goal of the year coming up in 3 weeks, the Tour de France and the team showed we are ready for it. To compete on such a high level as an African squad after only 3 years in professional cycling is superb. We are also happy to have the attention of the media so we can promote our project and our campaign to put 5000 kids on bicycles in South Africa. So I think the boys did an incredible job here and also the whole staff, everybody did a great job. Jens Zemke - Head of Performance
  10. The completion of the final Criterium du Dauphine stage brought with it a tremendous amount of joy for Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung as Daniel Teklehaimanot would win the King of the Mountians polka dot jersey, our African team's first ever World Tour leaders jersey. Click here to view the article
  11. The 7th and queen stage of the Criterium du Dauphine would be a spectacular day for MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung. Louis Meintjes put in a phenomenal ride to claim 3rd place on the stage, only beaten by stage victor Chris Froome (Team Sky) and Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing). Click here to view the article
  12. All this excitement only came after Daniel Teklehaimanot all but wrapped up the King of the Mountians competition. Daniel and Louis were part of the large break of the day that had 5 category 1 climbs before them. Daniel took maximum points on the first 3 cat 1 climbs while Louis picked up a few points himself to move into 2nd place in the Polka Dot jersey competition. Daniel only needs to complete tomorrow’s final stage to win our team's first ever World Tour leaders jersey! Once the excitement of the KOM battle settled somewhat, there was still the stage honours up for grabs, and what a spectacle it would be. It came down to final 12km's and the last 2 cat 1 climbs where 4 riders had 30" on the group that contained Louis, Pierre Rolland (Eurpocar), Pawel Polijanski (Tinkoff-Saxo) and Alexis Vulliermoz (AG2R La Mondiale) with the group of GC favourites a further 1'30" down the road. The gap between the 4 front runners and the GC group quickly got compressed under the hand of Team Sky on the steeper gradients. When Froome and van Garderen attacked with 4km to go, it resulted in the race coming all back together. Froome and van Garderen then surged ahead with 3km to go and Louis joined Benat Intxausti (Movistar) in the pursuit of the 2 leaders. Froome would later gap van Garderen to take a good win but it was the American that would don the yellow leader’s jersey. Behind them Louis and Intxausti would be able to hold on to compete for the final stage podium spot, Louis just edging Intaxusti for 3rd. It was carnage behind as the rest of the favourites came home in one's and two's. Today was a very good stage for me as it had a lot of climbing. I was really happy to be able to get a good result today for myself and for the team. We also got a whole lot of mountian points with Daniel so that was also great and made today a very good day for our team. Louis Meintjes - Rider I am very happy with my performance here at the Dauphine which started on the first day when I took the climbers jersey. I tried to make the break as often as possible to collect the points and today was the big day so I was happy to make the important break today as well. The climbers jersey is a special jersey for me, since I was a kid I always thought about winning the climbers jersey in the big races. Daniel Teklehaimanot - Rider
  13. The 6th stage of the Criterium du Dauphine would be an action packed day of racing. Rui Costa (Lampre-Merida) would ride away with all the spoils on the day, edging out Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) in the end. Click here to view the article
  14. With the rain pouring down, the flag dropped to set the riders off. There were countless attacks for at least the first 70km's. As soon as a group would get away and force out a 20" lead, they were reeled right back in. Steven Cummings was MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung's most active rider, as he found himself in numerous early breakaways. Nibali was also very attentive at the head of the race, following all the moves. When Nibali put in attack with 110km to go, nobody expected it to be the deciding move of the day. Tony Martin (Etixx-Quickstep), Tony Gallopin (Lotto-Soudal), Valverde and Costa would ride across to last year’s Tour de France champion and the 5 riders would join to form a formidable lead group. The peloton had been under pressure for so long already that it only consisted of 15 riders when the decisive move was made. The chasers made the decision to sit up to let a few dropped riders re-join the race. This allowed the leaders to quickly open the gap up to 3 minutes. The peloton swelled to 50 riders, which included Steve. The leaders weren't hanging around though and blasted up the cat 1 Col du Rousset, temporarily leaving Martin and Gallopin behind. They would later re-join on the descent. With the peloton still 3 minutes down after the big climb of the day, it was apparent that the break would decide the stage. Costa would take a hard fought victory. The peloton would attack its way all the way down the descent and to the line, resulting in riders coming home in two's and three's all day. That was until the main group of the day came home 36 minutes down, which also contained all MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung riders apart from Steve. Steve was 36th, just over 7 minutes down. Daniel Teklehaimanot kept his Polka Dot jersey as he has 33 points to Nibali's 17 now. Today was a stage that was an open boiler. From the gun there were attacks and even the big GC riders were attacking. We were pretty active from the beginning, Steve was in the initial attacks and also in a few of the later successful attacks which would be brought back too. Finally 15 riders formed the main break of the day which included a number of big names. Steve was in a group with 20 - 30 riders just behind with all the other boys in a bigger group a bit further down the road. So Steve was there to compete for a stage result but unfortunately it didn't come together. We can’t complain, we have done a great race so far and we are still in the climbers jersey. We will also look to show ourselves in the last few days. Jens Zemke - Head of Performance
  15. With the race heading into the Alps today, there was always going to be a lot of climbing and in fact, riders would take on over 4000m of climbing in the 161km stage. With 5 categorised climbs on route today, it was important for Daniel to get into the break to protect his polka dot jersey. Subsequently, Daniel attacked after just 4km of racing, taking 6 other riders with him to form the break of the day. Daniel would pick up 8 more points over the first 3 climbs before the Sky led peloton decided to reel in the escapees on the penultimate climb of the stage. With Daniel's job for the day done, attention turned to the stage finish and Louis was showing his talent once again as he was part of the select 30 rider peloton that went over the penultimate climb of the day together. Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) would attack meters before the actual summit and with still 21km to go to the finish. The Frenchman then put in a daredevil descent to open his gap up to 1'25" before the final 6km climb to the line started. Team Sky continued to set the pace on the descent and the run in to the final climb, while Louis was consistently sitting around 10th wheel at this point. The British team then really turned in the screws as we got onto the final climb proper and a number of riders were put into difficulty. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) were just two of the riders who could not sustain the pace, yet Louis was still looking composed at the head of the race. Chris Froome (Team Sky) eventually attacked with 2km to go and Tejay Van Garderen (BMC Racing) was first to respond. Behind them the race was now in pieces. Bardet was able to maintain most of the advantage he started the final climb with and took a good win, 36 seconds ahead of Van Garderen with Froome crossing the line 4 seconds later in 3rd. With Benat Intauxsti (Movistar) crossing the line alone in 4th, Adam Yates (Orica-Greenedge) and Louis Meintjes were the next two riders home, both finishing 50 seconds after the stage victor. A remarkable performance by our 23 year old South African. The legs felt good again. The team was absolutely amazing today, we have a really good vibe going in the team and everyone is just supporting everyone else, it is just an amazing team we have here. Today was also one of the stages we re-conned last week at our training camp so I am happy with how things went today. Louis Meintjes - Rider That was an incredible result by this young man, Louis, and also for our team. It shows that we are doing things the right away and reaching a really good level. Louis showed his ambition today and after our team re-conned this stage last week, we knew how tough it would be. To defend the climbers jersey with Daniel is another incredible performance. We are really proud of our riders. Jens Zemke - Head of Performance
  16. The first mountain stage of the Criterium du Dauphine would be another successful race for MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung with Louis Meintjes and Daniel Teklehaimanot both making the headlines. Louis would climb his way to 6th place at the summit finish while Daniel broke away to extend his lead in the KOM competition. Click here to view the article
  17. The team that had the most prominent presence over the closing kilometers would be our very own African team. With 2 early escapees up the road, the South African Champion Jacques Janse van Rensburg came to the head of the peloton with around 60km to go to start the chase. Jacques was soon joined by Steve Cummings and some of the Cofidis team members. With 45km to go the 2 rider break still had a 5 minute lead which ensured the peloton really had to work hard to close the gap. After some more sterling work by Jacques, Steve and also Serge Pauwels over the final 25km's, the original break were caught. With a lumpy and technical finish there were countless riders attacking from the front of the peloton. Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal) was the only rider to get away and pose some sort of threat to the sprint hopefuls, but Serge made sure the race would come back together as MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung rode to set up Edvald Boasson Hagen for the sprint. Under the flamme rouge it was all together and Edvald had the reliable wheel of Reinardt Janse van Rensburg in front of him. Reinie did a super leadout at the head of the peloton while the sprint unfolded behind him. Edvald had to go the long way around Samuel Dumoulin (AG2R La Mondiale) who had jumped early but then veered from the left to the right side of the road. Bouhanni, Genechten and Mezgec who were behind Edvald were able to go left and took the first 3 spots. Edvald had to settle for 4th on the day after a superb team performance. Daniel Teklehaimanot had no trouble retaining his King of the Mountains jersey. The team did a really good job today keeping me upfront and leading me into the last climb of the day. All the guys were working really hard. The climb wasn't so bad for me and it came down to the sprint. Reinie came back to the front after the climb to lead me out and he was great. It was a bit chaotic in the sprint and maybe I didn't make the right decisions in those final seconds. So it wasn't the best sprint from me, especially after the team did so well to pull the break back. The team is just getting so much stronger each day though which is a good sign with the tour coming up. Edvald Boasson Hagen - Rider The team did a great job today. Once again we were a team that was deciding what was happening in the race. We took control over the 2nd part of race to make sure there was a sprint. Bouhanni was just a bit faster at the finish but Edvald was riding really well and its a pity he missed out on the win because he is going so well. We can be happy with our performance though, the Dauphine is a high level race with lots of strong guys who are looking at the Tour de France in the next month so to be racing as well as we are certainly means something here. We are still in the mountains jersey as well so it was another good day for us. JP Heynderickx - Sport Director
  18. The 4th stage of the Criterium du Dauphine would provide a thrilling finish that saw a reduced peloton arrive at the finish for a bunch sprint. Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) would triumph over Jonas van Genechten (IAM Cycling) and Luka Mezgec (Giant-Alpecin). Click here to view the article
  19. French rider Nacer Bouhanni of the Cofidis team won the fourth stage of the Criterium du Dauphine in Sisteron on Wednesday, his second stage victory in the race. Click here to view the article
  20. After pulling on the King of the Mountains leaders’ jersey at the end of yesterday's opening Criterium du Dauphine stage, Daniel Teklehaimanot would find the break of the day again on today's 2nd stage and he would extend his lead in the polka dot jersey competition. Click here to view the article
  21. With the stage starting immediately on a category 2 climb, it was another good opportunity for Daniel to collect a few more points towards the polka dot jersey. Daniel made his move from the gun and there would be two riders that would follow him. Perrig Quemeneur (Europcar) and Arnaud Courteille (FDJ.fr) would accompany our Eritrean rider. Daniel would take maximum points at the top of the climb with the 2 Frenchman in tow. The peloton allowed the 3 attackers to establish a gap rather quickly as the gap was already at 1'50" at the first summit. It would grow to a maximum of 6'45" before the sprinters teams assumed control of the peloton. There was still a category 1 climb to contend with that topped out after 75km of racing before the mostly downhill to flat run to the line began. Daniel had no trouble in securing maximum points at the top of the Col del Culvery to take his mountain points tally to 25. Quemeneur moved to 2nd in the competition with 11 points. From the top of the climb though, the peloton had turned on the chase switch, particularly riders from Cofidis and Lampre-Merida. It was always going to be tough for the trio to outwit a hungry peloton but they were able to push the chasing pack right up to the 3km to go board before surrendering. MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung were then able to play its sprint card once again and lined up perfectly for the sprint finale. Tyler Farrar led the race under the flamme rouge before Reinardt Janse van Rensburg took over. Reinie dropped Edvald Boasson Hagen off with around 300m to go. It was a near on perfect leadout that saw our Norwegian star lead the way to within 50m of the line. Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) would just have too much finishing speed as he came over Eddy to take the stage win. You could have thrown a blanket over positions 2 - 6 and in the end it was Samuel Dumoulin (AG2R La Mondiale) 2nd, Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida) 3rd and Edvald in 4th place. It was another good day for our team as I could get some more points for the jersey and Edvald was close to the win again. With the early climb it was a good chance for me to get some more points and luckily we got away quite quickly. It was a hard day with only 3 riders in the break but we rode well. After the last climb we tried as hard as we could but we were caught at 3km. I am happy to still be in the jersey and that I was able to show off our team again. Daniel Teklehaimanot - Rider It was another absolutely super day. The guys did a near perfect leadout and we were right up there so it is only a question of fine tuning now but we are not in a place of nowhere, we are really competing for the win. 50m before the finish Edvald was still leading before he was passed by Bouhanni. He was also very close to 2nd and 3rd. What was very important for us was that Daniel defended the climber’s jersey. He has 25 points now which is already a nice lead and of course we are going for the jersey so we will continue to ride offensively. The riders are in good shape, they have good morale so the team is going really well. Jens Zemke - Head of Performance
  22. The 3rd stage of the Criterium du Dauphine would be a tough 24.5km team trial trial test to Montagny. The current world champions in TTT discipline, BMC Racing, would ride away with the victory while Astana finished in 2nd and Movistar in 3rd place. Click here to view the article
  23. Team BMC Racing was the 3rd team off today and everybody knew the American team would set a high early benchmark. They would cross the line in a time of 29'58", a time that would not be beaten by any of the teams that followed after them. MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung would relish the rare opportunity to test themselves against the big World Tour teams in the team trial discipline. Our African team would go through the intermediate time check in what would only be the 18th fastest time on the day but the boys rode strongly over the 2nd half of the stage to eventually finish in 15th place. Averaging 47.2km/h for the full length of the course meant our African team came in at 31'05" and 1'07" down on the winning time. As there were no King of the Mountains points up for grabs during the stage, Daniel Teklehaimanot would retain the polka dot jersey going into tomorrow's next road stage. The guys did start off pretty slowly, particularly in the first two kilometers but just kept building on their pace over the course. They went through the intermediate time check well down on the leaderboard but were able to move up nicely after a really strong ride over the 2nd half of the course. In the end there were around 6 teams just ahead of us who were within about 15 seconds of our time. Our guys realised they had the potential to do quite a bit more today and with the Tour de France having a similar distance TTT, on a similar type course, just showed us that we have a realistic chance of going top 10 at the Tour's TTT and that would just be phenomenal. The guys hadn't done a TTT in a long time and they looked good riding together today. It's quite different doing a team time trial with 8 or 9 riders as opposed to 4 or 6 as we've already done this year. So the team is pretty pumped at the moment and everyone is really positive. Douglas Ryder - Team Principal
  24. Our African team started the stage off on the front foot as Daniel got into the early break of the day that went away in the first 10km of the stage. Daniel was joined by Bjorn Thurau (Bora Argon 18), Romain Guillemois (Eurpocar) and Maarten Wynants (Lotto-Jumbo) and the 4 riders pushed out a 7 minute lead relatively quickly. The main part of the route would be made up by a 16km circuit that would be completed 6 times. There was a cat 3 climb on the circuit, meaning the King of the Mountains jersey was up for grabs. Daniel grabbed the opportunity with both hands and won 5 of the KOM sprints. His efforts were good enough to pull on the polka dot jersey at the end of the stage and this would be a significant milestone for our African team as it would be the first World Tour jersey won in our team's history. The peloton though, were still intent on bringing the break back before the stage end and that, they did. On the last time up the circuits climb, a number of attacks saw a 5 rider group ride across the 20" gap to Thurau, who was the last surviving member of the break. Peter Kennaugh (Team Sky) was part of this new lead group and he would attack the group with 2km to go. MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung had Steve Cummings leading the chase behind as our African team looked to set the stage up for Edvald. Reinardt Janse van Rensburg would then put in a stellar effort over the final kilometer to leadout Edvald. Kennaugh would hold on to take the victory, arriving just 2 seconds ahead of Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida) who was 2nd with Edvald finishing 3rd by a few centimeters. It was a really good day in front for me and the team. My legs were feeling strong all day on the climbs so I was able to go for the KOM points. Our group of 4 worked well together so we could stay away for all the climbs. It was only on the last two laps that I started to get tired but already I had enough points to get the jersey. I am really happy for the team and also personally to have this jersey. Having the jersey is a great opportunity to show off our team before the Tour de France and puts some light on our campaign to raise 5000 bicycles this year. Daniel Teklehaimanot - Rider We had Daniel in front today which was very good because we were able to do nothing in the peloton and save for the final. It was nice that he could win the Mountains jersey as well. The team did great to set me up for the sprint with a strong leadout. I was feeling good and I was happy with the sprint I was able to do but Pete just managed to stay away. Overall it was a good day for our team and we are happy with our performance. I am looking forward to the coming days now. Edvald Boasson Hagen - Rider This is our first jersey in a World Tour race and to wear our first World Tour jersey with one of our African riders is just incredible. What an opening 130km it was, we wanted Daniel in the breakaway and we got him in the break. He was the strongest on the climbs so he won most of the climbing points. He was on the podium today and he will wear the jersey tomorrow. In the final we wanted to ride for Edvald as the stage suited him with a pretty hard final, and we didn't expect too many in the finish. Reinie did a really nice leadout for Edvald and he came 3rd after Kennaugh survived. It was a superb result for us and it builds up some good confidence ahead of the Tour de France. Jens Zemke - Head of Performance
  25. The opening stage of the Criterium du Dauphine would be a close on perfect start for Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung as Edvald Boasson Hagen sprinted to 3rd place at the finish and Daniel Teklehaimanot pulled on the King of the Mountains polka dot jersey. Click here to view the article
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