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MTN-Qhubeka, the pride of Africa after ending fifth in the Tour de France
- Updated: July 27, 2015
MTN-Qhubeka’s dream Tour de France debut ended on the Champs Elysees in Paris on Sunday as they ended fifth on the General Classification and the African team’s Edvald Boasson Hagan sprinted to a fine fourth in the final sprint.
As the riders set off for Paris it was an incredible day of reflecting back on what was a dream three weeks for the Tour’s first African team. From the moment Daniel Teklehaimanot made history by getting the 102nd Tour de France underway in the Eritrean national jersey, team principal Doug Ryder couldn’t have written a more perfect script for what was to come.
To ride away from the Tour de France after having Teklehaimanot spend four days in the Polka Dot jersey, a Mandela Day stage win courtesy of Steve Cummings, 14 stage top 10 results including seven of them being top five placing’s, finishing 5th in the overall team competition and a 13th on the General Classification with Serge Pauwels ensured the team exceeded all of their expectations.
The exposure the team was able to bring to our #BicyclesChangeLives campaign was also a resounding success as they received a massive amount of support from across the globe.
Said the team’s Eritrean rider, Merhawi Kudus: ‘It was a really good and amazing tour for us. I am the youngest rider in the peloton so to survive all those hard stages it was not easy, I don’t think it is even normal but I am really proud and really happy right now.’
MTN-Qhubeka’s fifth spot on the team standings, 1hr 14min 32sec behind Movistar and just 1:23 off fourth-placed Astana.
Final stage data as provided by Dimension Data
160 riders have finally completed the 3,360 km journey from Utrecht in the Netherlands to Paris, France.
The 102nd edition of the Tour de France has taken them three weeks and 21 stages (nine flat, three hill, seven mountain with five altitude finishes, one individual time-trial, one team time-trial) – with only two rest days!
41 – the number of times the Tour de France has finished on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées – first introduced in 1975.
30 million – the number of tourists who visit Paris annually, – the most visited city in the world – with: 31 monuments, 173 museums, 3 opera houses, 208 theatres and cabarets, 430 cinema screens, more than 13,500 brasseries and restaurants, and 600 km of bicycle paths.
12 – the number of riders who have won two Tour de France titles, Chris Froome (SKY) joined the club on Sunday.
11 – a new record of overall victories for Italian bike brand Pinarello – the most successful in the history of the Tour de France.
109.5 km – total distance of the final stage.
38.72 km/h – the average speed on the stage.
00:00 – the time gap between the first and last rider.