(CNN)The timing couldn't have been better -- the first African team to take part in the Tour de France became the first to win a stage of cycling's greatest race on Nelson Mandela Day.
MTN-Qhubeka's British rider Steve Cummings caused an upset in Saturday's 14th leg of 21 as he triumphed from Frenchmen Thibaut Pinot and Romain Bardet, whose president Francois Hollande was watching.
Cummings claimed the second stage victory of his career on any of the three grand tours, and his first at Le Tour, when he zoomed past the two breakaway riders to win by two seconds from Pinot.
Mandela, who died in 2013, was born 97 years ago on July 18.
MTN-Qhubeka's riders were wearing orange helmets in tribute to South Africa's former president, while Cummings crossed the line showing the team's five-finger salute -- part of its #BicyclesChangeLives campaign aimed at providing 5,000 African children with bikes.
"This is an incredible day for me and the team -- with it being Mandela Day the team was motivated more than usual but I don't think we can quite believe what has just happened. It may take a while to sink in," said Cummings.
"I wasn't the strongest today and I knew there were better climbers in our lead group. I had to play the waiting game ... the key was to remain calm and take my opportunity when it arrived."
Bardet, who was sixth overall in last year's race, lamented having been "outwitted" by Cummings in the final stretch of the 178.5 km stage from Rodez to Mende.
"With Thibaut we made a tactical error that cost victory to the both of us," said the 24-year-old. "We were watching each other and we didn't watch out for Stephen Cummings, who was coming back.
"He was very cunning and he got away fr