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Tour de France #13: Cummings stops clock with 10th best time

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Strong rides by Cummings and Boasson Hagen on stage 13 time trial
Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) won the stage 13 individual time trial of the 2016 Tour de France, setting a time that only Chris Froome (Team Sky) came close to but could not beat. Nelson Oliveira (Movistar) took 3rd place on the stage.

For Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka, the stage was one which Steve Cummings and Edvald Boasson Hagen would give a good crack while our other riders not typically suited to a time trial, saved their legs for the expected sprint stage tomorrow. Cummings, as one of the earlier starters posted some really good intermediate times, swapping between 1st and 2nd position with Rohan Dennis (BMC) at the 3 time checks. At the finish line though, Cummings stopped the clock in a time of 52’40″, the 2nd best time at that point in the day.

Edvald Boasson Hagen was also on a flyer, slotting into the top 5 positions at the intermediate time checks during his effort. The bumpy nature of the road surface saw our Norwegian champion drop his chain on a few occasions, losing a precious few seconds here and there to eventually finish in a time of 52’49″. Dumoulin, the overall stage favourite came in not too long after Boasson Hagen and set an incredibly fast time of 50’15″.

Nobody would come close to the time of the Dutch champion, Froome being the nearest just over a minute down. Cummings time was able hold strong against most of the GC favourites to ensure he finished in 10th position and Boasson Hagen placed 13th. A good day for our African Team made better by the fact that it was the first day of our #Qhubeka5000 challenge, where a number of fans around the world rode the same 37km distance our riders had to face today.

Steve Cummings – Rider
It was a bit of a tricky time trial course because of the strong winds that blew throughout the day. Time trial bikes aren’t the biggest fans of super strong crosswinds. Starting early, my plan was just to give it my 100% and that is what I did.

Reinardt Janse van Rensburg – Rider
It was really windy out there so we just tried to get through it and save as much as we could. Tomorrow is a big day for us with Cavendish and a sprint again so we were focused on just being safe and using the stage to recover as much as possible. Tomorrow is a big day.

Team Dimension Data For Qhubeka

Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka was founded in 2007, steadily working its way up from a regional team to now being a World Tour team with bases in South Africa and Italy. It’s also known as Africa’s Team due to its focus on helping African talents to the world stage of cycling. The team races to raise funds for the Qhubeka Charity to mobilise people on bicycles in Africa. To contribute to the #BicyclesChangeLives campaign, click here.

Qhubeka is an Nguni word that means “to progress”, “to move forward”. Qhubeka (qhubeka.org) is part of World Bicycle Relief (worldbicyclerelief.org), a global non-profit organisation dedicated to advancing education, health and economic opportunities by providing simple, sustainable transportation through the power of bicycles.

Dimension Data (dimensiondata.com) uses the power of technology to help organisations achieve great things in the digital era. As a member of the NTT Group, we accelerate our clients’ ambitions through digital infrastructure, hybrid cloud, workspaces for tomorrow, and cybersecurity. With a turnover of USD 7.5 billion, offices in 58 countries, and 31,000 employees, we deliver wherever our clients are, at every stage of their technology journey. We’re proud to be the Official Technology Partner of Amaury Sport Organisation, organiser of the Tour de France, and the title partner of the cycling team, Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka.

Learn more about the team at www.africasteam.com.

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Rider Quotes - Tom Dumoulin wins Tour de France time trial

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RIDER QUOTES: TOM DUMOULIN WINS TOUR DE FRANCE TIME TRIAL

Tom Dumoulin (NED) raced to victory in the time trial of the Tour de France, taking his second win of the Tour after his victory on stage 9 to Andorra.

Stage 13 of the Tour de France was an individual time trial of 37.5km from Bourg-Saint-Andeol to La Caverne du Pont-d’Arc. Dumoulin was the fastest on the tough parcours, with a time of 50’15” and an average pace of around 44.7km/h.

Read the full race report here.

Download a copyright-free photo of Dumoulin’s victory here.

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Tom Dumoulin (NED)

“It’s a day of two halves. I’m very happy with the win but my thoughts go out to everyone affected by the horrific attack in Nice. This morning we woke up to the terrible news and I had to get into my zone and focus on the time trial. It is terrible what happened today and it shadows the day a lot. I think we cannot let terrorists decide our lives in our society.

“During the recon which I did behind John [Degenkolb] in the team car I noticed there were a couple of tricky moments with the cross winds so I was well prepared and aware of it. Therefore we decided to race with a normal front wheel.

“Throughout the course anyway the wind was very dangerous and very hard to cope with. In the final run in there was one dangerous moment where I almost went off the road.

“Overall it was a very good time trial and it shows that I am in good shape at the moment. During the last two days I was not feeling so well, but today I had good legs. I was able to enjoy the ride today and I was able to concentrate on my performance. I know I can pick my days during the Tour and go for a good result, and today’s victory gives me a lot of confidence.”

Marc Reef (NED)

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“This is super and we are really pleased. Everything went perfectly today just like we planned. We are proud of the performance of Tom and of the whole team. We were feeling positive about today and with new aerosuit we proved that challenging the tiny margins are worth it. Tom checked it one time in the car upfront with John [Degenkolb], especially how John would cope in the wind because we knew the wind was pretty strong.

“From the moment he started you could see that Tom had power in his legs and he was ready for it. Throughout the time trial, he remained very concentrated in his effort and did a very good performance. On the intermediate points, he already had a gap over his competitors, and then he just continued and kept on pushing until the finish line. Tom has shown today he is an incredible talent.”

 

Tour de France – Jérôme Coppel: “Nach einer schwierigen ersten Woche habe ich wieder ein gutes Gefühl”

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DIE ERKLÄRUNG: Jérôme Coppel beendete das erste Einzelzeitfahren der Tour de
France 2016 auf dem bemerkenswerten vierten Rang. “Nach einer schwierigen
ersten Woche habe ich wieder ein gutes Gefühl. Ich habe alles gegeben, um
die bestmögliche Zeit zu erreichen. Ich wusste, dass es für die Bestzeit
nicht reichen würde. Am Ende verpasste ich die zwischenzeitliche Bestzeit
nur um vier Sekunden. Das ist natürlich etwas ärgerlich aber ich bin dennoch
zufrieden auch wenn die Umstände nach den gestrigen Umständen sicher etwas
schwierig waren. Nun geht es in die Alpen und meine Familie sowie meine
Freunde werden mich vor Ort unterstützen. Ich hoffe, dass ich mich
entsprechend in Szene setzen kann.”

DIE AUSSAGE: “Ich habe alles gegeben und ich denke an die Opfer von Nizza”,
erklärt Stef Clement, der Vierzehnter wurde. “Es war nicht einfach sich zu
konzentrieren aber Frankreich, die Tour de France und wir Fahrer müssen nun
zeigen, dass wir uns von solchen abscheulichen Taten nicht stoppen lassen.”

DIE TATSACHE DES TAGES: Vor dem Start und im Anschluss an die Vergabe der
Leadertrikots dachte man mit je einer Schweigeminute den Opfern des
gestrigen Terrorakts auf der Promenade des Anglais in Nizza.

DIE ANEKDOTE: Im Ziel klassierte sich Reto Hollenstein (52.) eine Sekunde
vor Michael Albasini (53.), Profi bei Orica BikeExchange und Sohn von
Marcello Albasini, dem Trainer bei IAM Cycling.

DAS WETTER: Der Wind spielte heute erneut einen entscheidenden Faktor. Mit
Böen von mehr als 60 km/h sorgte er bei manch einem Fahrer für die eine oder
andere Schrecksekunde. Und die Durchschnittsgeschwindigkeit von 44,776 km/h
des Siegers zeigt ebenfalls, was für eine Kraft der Wind hatte.

DIE ANALYSE: Von Rik Verbrugghe. “Bei Jérôme Coppel hat nur sehr wenig für
das Podest gefehlt. Seine Leistung ist dennoch ermutigend für die kommenden
Tage. Ebenso die Leistung von Stef Clement, nachdem er gestern Richtung
Chalet Reynard den ganzen Tag in der Spitzengruppe verbracht hatte. Der
einzige negative Punkt im Moment ist, dass Mathias Frank seit ein paar Tagen
krank ist.”

DIE NÄCHSTE ETAPPE: Bevor die Alpen in der kommenden Woche in Angriff
genommen werden, erhalten auf den 208.5 Kilometer morgen zwischen Montélimar
und Villars-les-Dombes die Sprinter nochmals eine Chance. Der Wind könnte
auch morgen wieder mit von der Partie sein und dafür sorgen, dass die
Rennfahrer Überstunden leisten müssen.