Benoît Joachim of the Astana team chose an unusual end of season event. For the last week, he switched his road bike with a mountain bike and participated in the Crocodile Trophy in Australia. The race in the desert was a big change for the Luxemburger, who is used to road racing in Europe, never far from any accommodations. He is part of the team that is currently leading, aptly named Dream Team.
Joachim's efforts paid off yesterday, when he won stage 6.
Besides the team event they also have the overall leader, with Italian Mauro Bettin. Joachim lies in seventh overall and with his compatriot Max Becker the Dream Team is ahead in the teams classification, with an advantage of more than three and a half hours. The race ends on November 1.
Joachim was part of another dream team in the past and was on guard for several of Lance Armstrong's Tour de France wins.