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Studio projects Monday July 17 2017 01:38 pm

Stage 14 / “The 10th man” / 2015

You take a cyclist like Stephen Cummings. Born in 1981 he turned pro in 2005. He has won 9 races or stages in multi-day races over his career. In the hierarchy of cycling résumés, it isn’t very high. For instance, Peter Sagan has 76, Chris Froome has 28, including the Tour de France, and Mark Cavendish has 131.

But Cummings is on the MTN-Qhubeka, the first team from Africa to compete in the Tour de France. I talk about that team back on Stage 6. when the first person from an African team wore a jersey (it was for the King of the Mountains) in the Tour.

Cummings came in 10th at the opening stage individual time trial, and that was good enough to beat out some high-quality riders. Since then the highest finish he has had on any stage was 67th 2 days ago. But there is something special about today if you are on the South African team.

Today would have been Nelson Mandela’s 97th birthday or better known around most of the world as Mandela Day. MTN-Qhebeka is wearing orange helmets instead of their standard yellow ones.

Never underestimate the power of motivation.

Bob Roll commented in the follow-up to the stage, “The Tour teaches you to go through suffering without surrendering.”

Read the story here to get the whole description.

The tally for the TdLG years so far.

2011 - 40 points
2012 - 14
2013 - 29
2014 - 9
2015 - 16

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