Team MTN Qhubeka’s Serge Pauwels sailed into the first break of the day in the crash affected third stage of the Tour de France, which took place from Anvers to Huy today.
Pauwels was rewarded with a Peugeot as the first Belgian across the line at the 15km mark.
The MTN Qhubeka riders put in a good performance despite the high speed crash that saw 40 riders involved in a pile up just after the break.
Daniel Teklehaimanot, Reinhardt Janse van Rensburg and Tyler Farrar were involved in the crash but were unharmed and completed the stage.
Louis Meintjes was the first South African to cross the line in 22nd today, with Eritrean rider Merhawi Kudus in 30th.
Katusha’s Joaquim Rodriguez of Spain took the 159.5km stage today followed by Britain’s Chris Froome of Team Sky who took the yellow jersey from Fabian Cancellara.
Top 10 stage three results:
1. Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha 3:26:54
2. Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky +00
3. Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale +04
4. Daniel Martin (Irl) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling +05
5. Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal +08
6. Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing +11
7. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team +11
8. Simon Yates (GBr) Orica GreenEdge +11
9. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team +11
10. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek Factory Racing +11
22. Louis Meintjes (RSA) Team MTN Qhubeka +36
30. Merhawi Kudus (Eri) Team MTN Qhubeka +45
Top 10 overall results after stage three:
1. Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky 7:11:37
2. Tony Martin (Ger) Etixx +01
3. Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing +13
4. Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal +26
5. Greg van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing +28
6. Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff +31
7. Rigoberto Uran (Col) Etixx +34
8. Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff +36
9. Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky +01:03
10. Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Etixx +01:04
36. Jacques Janse van Rensburg (RSA) Team MTN Qhubeka +03:40
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