#TDF2015: MTN-Qhubeka's dream finish

Team MTN-Qhubeka finished fifth in the overall team standings after making a debut at the TDF.

Team MTN-Qhubeka’s Farrar and Teklihaimanot celebrate the end to their race. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

PARIS - Team MTN-Qhubeka finished fifth with an incredible end to a perfect debut Tour de France, with Edvald Boasson Hagen sprinted to a fine fourth place on the Champs Elysees for the African team on Sunday's 21st and final stage.

The team finished off a memorable race in fifth place overall out of 22 teams with Serge Pauwels coming in 13th.

South African rider Jacques Jane Van Rensburg said riding in the TDF has to be one of the fewest most special days of his life.

"A lot of people ask me can I describe the feeling, there was only thing that came to mind, this is when we went through the gates and entered Champs Elysees. It's difficult to explain but the closest I can get to is the minute I saw my wife walking down the aisle."

Andre Greipel won the final stage while Chris Froome of Team Sky won the Grande Boucle overall.

It has been a taunting journey for most riders and today would be an incredible day of reflecting back on what was a dream three weeks ago for the first ever and only African team.

To ride away from the Tour de France after having Daniel Teklehaimanot spent four days in the Polka Dot jersey, a Mandela Day stage win courtesy of Steve Cummings, 14 stage top 10 results and including seven of them being top 5 placings, finishing 5th in the overall team competition and a 13th on the General Classification with Serge Pauwels ensured we exceeded all expectations.

The team thanked all the fans for the massive amount of support from across the globe.

"We would dearly love to thank everyone: fans, media, fellow competitors, the ASO and all of partners for the amazing support we have received over these last 3 weeks. You were all a part of history!"