Fighting till the end
A host of strong performances has lifted Team Dimension Data into the Top 10 in several Tour de France classifications.
Edvald Boasson Hagen picked up right where he left off after the first rest day, sprinting to 10th on Stage 10 and third on stages 11 and 14 on his Team Edition Cervélo S5. This gives the Norwegian road and time-trial champion a hat trick of podium finishes so far, and has vaulted him to sixth in the Points classification. “It’s frustrating to come so close and not win, especially when the team does such a great job,” Boasson Hagen said after Stage 11. It’s a pity we don’t have Mark (Cavendish) at the end of our leadout because of the way the guys are working.
“Now, we will look ahead. My shape is good and I hope to get another chance to fight for a stage win later in the race.”
Serge Pauwels thrived in the punishing Pyrenees, where 16th- and 10th-place finishes on stages 13 and 15 — both coming on the new Cervélo R5 — moved the Belgian up to 22nd place overall. “My condition is good and that gives me confidence for the Alps,” Pauwels said, looking ahead to the mountain stages where hors categorie climbs like the Col d’Izoard are looming large.
Steve Cummings broke away solo before the penultimate climb of the day, the infamous Col du Peyresourde, and forged a gap of more than two minutes on the group of favorites chasing behind. The British road and TT champ fought courageously on his custom S5 — his inspiring ride earned him the Combativité Award — but with just 8.5km to go he was caught. “The legs are good,” he said afterwards. “I will try again.”
DiData embraces #DoYourPart:
On their rest day, the TdF squad rode 50kms in support of the Qhubeka 5000 fundraising campaign. There’s still time to win a trip for two to the team’s training camp in South Africa, or Omar Fraile’s Cervélo S5, by registering to ride any distance, on any bicycle, and contributing to #BicyclesChangeLives.