First African Rider to Win Coveted Climber's Jersey in Tour de France

Daniel Teklehaimanot is the first African rider to claim the polka-dot jersey.

"I can't believe it. That was my childhood dream to get the polka dot jersey at the Tour de France," Teklehaimanot said. "This is a day I will never forget. It is a big step for African cycling. We are trying to give 5,000 bicycles to African students. Being on the podium will help our project and I want to help make a difference for my African people."

Teklehaimanot and Kudus ride for the South-African MTN-Qhubeka team.

Kenyan-born Chris Froome, a British national and the 2013 Tour winner, currently leads the race's general classification — measured by the total accumulated time of all stages so far.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.