On Sunday, July 2, Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka lines up for Tour of Austria with a strong and very motivated team ready to fight for glory every day.
The opening stage of the race is a short prologue. However, despite its distance of only 800 meters, it’s far from easy. The riders climb all the way from the start to the finish in Graz, tackling an ascent with an average gradient of over 10 %. The next day, the sprinters will have a chance to shine as the peloton heads into Vienna for an expected bunch sprint in the Austrian capital. Two undulating finishes then follow before it’s time for the queen stage of the race.
Er hat als erster Afrikaner in der Geschichte des Radsports ein Bergtrikot bei einem WorldTour-Rennen gewonnen. Bei der am kommenden Sonntag mit dem Prolog in Graz beginnenden 69. Österreich Rundfahrt startet der Eritreer Daniel Teklehaimanot ebenso wie der Tiroler Stefan Denifl. Und mit den Russen Foliforov und Firsanov kommen weitere bergfeste Rundfahrer!
EXPA-FRA-160706-0100 – Teklehaimanot bei der Tour de France 2017 (© Expa Pictures)
abs_rider_bio_images_stefan_denifl_800x1200 – Stefan Denifl, Portrait (© Aqua Blue Sport)
Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka celebrate stage win and raising 100 bikes for girls
Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) won the 100th edition of the Giro d’Italia after eclipsing his GC rivals in the final individual time trial stage in Milan. Nairo Quintana (Movistar) finished 2nd overall and Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) was 3rd. Jos Van Emden (LottoNL-Jumbo) was the final stage victor.
For Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka, the final 29km individual time trial stage was never going to favour our 7 riders and so the day became one of celebrating our success over the past 3 weeks. There is much our African Team can be happy about with Omar Fraile’s stage 11 victory the standout performance.
Our riders rode with positive intent on a daily basis, animating the race and it showed through all the various classifications. Both Daniel Teklehaimanot and Omar Fraile wore the king of the mountains jersey, with our Basque rider finishing 3rd overall in that competition in the end. As one of the top 3 breakaway riders of this years race, Teklehaimanot also managed to rack up enough points to win the intermediate sprint classification.
Der 100. Giro d’Italia beginnt heute in Sizilien, wo das Peloton den ersten Berggipfel der diesjährigen Corsa Rosa begegnet.
Sizilien begrüßt Vincenzo Nibali
Cefalù, 9. Mai 2017 – Guten Morgen von der 4. Etappe des Giro d’Italia, organisiert von RCS Sport / La Gazzetta dello Sport und läuft vom 5. bis 28. Mai. Die 181km lange Cefalù-Etna-Etappe zeigt den ersten Berggipfel des Giro 100. Diese anspruchsvolle Etappe mit 3.500m Gesamthöhe endet am Ätna, dem höchsten aktiven Vulkan Europas, der die Form der GC-Anwärter zeigt.
Der Giro d’Italia erinnerte sich an Wouter Weylandt, der vor sechs Jahren genau auf den Straßen der Corsa Rosa starb, mit einer Minute Schweigen.
Das Peloton, 195 Fahrer stark, verging auf 0 km um 12.08.
In der heutigen Etappe werden die folgenden Fahrer mit dem Velon-Datenverfolgungssystem ausgestattet: 41 Tejay Van Garderen, 42 Rohan Dennis und 44 Ben Hermans (BMC Racing Team); 1 Vincenzo Nibali, 8 Kanstantsin Siutsou und 9 Giovanni Visconti (Bahrain – Merida); 54 Patrick Konrad und 58 Lukas Pöstlberger (Bora – Hansgrohe); 61 Pierre Rolland, 62 Hugh Carthy und 68 Davide Villella (Cannondale-Drapac Pro Radsport-Team); Igor Anton 143, 144 Omar Fraile und 148 Daniel Teklehaimanot (Team Dimension Data); 102 Sean De Bie, 104 Bart De Clercq und 109 Maxime Monfort (Lotto Soudal); 111 Nairo Quintana, 112 Andrej Amador und 114 Daniele Bennati (Movistar-Team); 121 Adam Yates und 129 Carlos Verona (Orica – Scott); 131 Bob Jungels, 133 Laurens De Plus und 135 Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors); 161 Steven Kruijswijk, 162 Enrico Battaglin und 163 Victor Campenaerts (Team Lotto NL – Jumbo); 171 Mikel Landa Meana, 178 Diego Rosa und 179 Geraint Thomas (Team Sky); 181 Tom Dumoulin, 185 Wilco Kelderman und 187 Georg Preidler (Team Sunweb); 191 Bauke Mollema (Trek – Segafredo); 201 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa und 202 Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates); 71 Jan Hirt und 73 Felix Grosschartner (CCC Sprandi Polkowice); 91 Sergej Firsanow (Gazprom – RusVelo); 218 Cristian Rodriguez Martin (Wilier Triestina – Selle Italia). Ihre Live-Daten sind unter www.giroditalia.it zu sehen.
The Colombian rider beat Selig and Nizzolo on the finish line
Cagliari, 7 May 2017 – The Colombian rider Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) won the 148km Tortolì-Cagliari second stage of the 100th Giro d’Italia. Rüdiger Selig (Bora – Hansgrohe) and Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek – Segafredo) finished second and third.
Thanks to the stage victory, Gaviria is the new race General Classification leader, wearing the Maglia Rosa.
1 – Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) – 148km in 3h26’33”, average speed 42.992km/h
2 – Rüdiger Selig (Bora – Hansgrohe) s.t.
3 – Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek – Segafredo) s.t.
The German rider beat Ferrari and Stuyven in a bunch sprint
Tortolì, 6 May 2017 – The German rider André Greipel (Lotto Soudal) won the 221km Olbia-Tortolì second stage of the 100th Giro d’Italia in a bunch sprint. Roberto Ferrari (UAE Team Emirates) and Jasper Stuyven (Trek – Segafredo) finished second and third.
The German is the new race General Classification leader, wearing the Maglia Rosa.
Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka conclude dream Tour de France
Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) won the final stage of the Tour de France, sprinting to victory on the Champs-Elysees ahead of Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) and Alexander Kristoff (Katusha). The overall victory went to Chris Froome (Team Sky), his 3rd Tour de France career win.
After an incredible 3 weeks of racing, Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka put in one final fantastic performance during today’s last stage. Daniel Teklehaimanot made sure our African Team was represented in the famous Champs-Elysees breakaway and when it was certain that they would be caught, Steve Cummings closed down any further attacks to ensure a sprint finish.
Edvald Boasson Hagen was our man for the final and he had Bernie Eisel and Reinardt Janse van Rensburg for support in the final 5km. Eisel, our road captain, did an exceptional job to deliver Boasson Hagen to the last kilometer in an excellent position. It was always going to be difficult to get one over on the big names, but Boasson Hagen did superbly to cross the line in 4th place with a fast finish. Janse van Rensburg also secured another top 10 result for our African Team, placing 10th.
Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka secure incredible 5th Le Tour win during #Qhubeka5000 challenge
Mark Cavendish made it another incredible day for Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka as he won stage 14 of the Tour de France. It was Cavendish’s 4th win of the Tour and our African Team’s 5th of the race this year. Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) finished 2nd and Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) placed 3rd.
The 208km from Montelimar to Villars-les-Dombes Parc des Oiseaux was always looked at as being a stage for the sprinters. It was a stage our sprint ace, Cavendish had targeted weeks ago and so our African Team’s plan was clear from early on in the stage. When 4 riders went clear in a breakaway attempt, Natnael Berhane went to the front of the peloton to control the gap.
The threat of crosswinds was constant throughout the day and so our African Team made sure to keep the gap under 4-minutes for the entire day while also keeping Cavendish protected at the head of the peloton. With 25km to go, Daniel Teklehaimanot and Serge Pauwels took over from Berhane and began upping the tempo with a precarious crosswind section coming up. The faster pace meant the breakaway was caught just inside 10km to go and a few riders then lost contact with the head of the race.
Cavendish and our Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka troops were perfectly positioned to execute our plan for the finale. Bernhard Eisel was flawless in piloting the boys up until 6km to go and then our South African, Reinardt Janse van Rensburg took over. For the final kilometer Cavendish had Boasson Hagen as his guardian right up until our Manxman fixed himself to the wheel of Marcel Kittel (Etixx-Quickstep).
#Qhubeka5000 receives another boost from Mark Cavendish victory
The fairy tale Tour de France continued on stage 6 for Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka as Mark Cavendish sprinted to his 3rd victory at this year’s race. Marcel Kittel (Etixx-Quickstep) was 2nd in the lunge for the line and Dan Mclay (Fortuneo-Vital Concept) placed 3rd.
At 190km from Arpajon-sur-Cere to Montauban, the terrain took in a few undulations but nothing significant enough to stop a big bunch sprint from deciding the final stage outcome. Only 2 riders made the early break of the day and this all but assured that the sprinters would have their day, as Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka, Etixx-Quickstep and Lotto-Soudal had no trouble at keeping the escapees at around 3 minutes for the majority of the day.
The inevitable catch took place just inside of 15km to go, and this is where things would get really interesting. The road was rather narrow and it meant that the peloton was densely packed, with almost no room for teams to move up. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka were in the front 3rd of the peloton but there just didn’t seem to be a way through for our leadout team to get to the front.
The narrow road continued right up until 3km to go and it was clear that a long leadout train was not going to work today. Cavendish just wanted to be taken to the wheel of Kittel, from where he would then freelance to the finish. Our African Team were able to get Cavendish locked on to the German’s wheel after some clever work by Mark Renshaw, and from there our Manxman showed his class. Jumping with around 300m to go, Cavendish came from behind Kittel to forge ahead on the slightly downhill sprint and took another incredible win for Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka.
While the entire team were working toward the common goal of delivering Cavendish to the finale, Daniel Teklehaimanot, played a huge part in today’s victory as the Eritrean national champion spent close on 150km working at the front of the peloton. This victory comes at the perfect time for our African Team as we begin the big push to get people to sign up for our Qhubeka5000.org challenge. Tomorrow the race will head into the Pyrenees and Mark Cavendish will do so as the leader of the Green Jersey points competition once again.
Fans can support the team through the Qhubeka 5000 initiative
Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka will return to the Tour de France after a successful premiere 12 months ago, setting another massive milestone for African cycling. Once again the team will take to the start of the La Grand Boucle with clear objectives. Steve Cummings’ stage win on Mandela Day, Daniel Teklehaimanot’s days in the Polka Dot jersey and a fifth place in the overall team classification were the key results last year and are the signposts for our African Team’s goals for the 2016 edition of the race.
With less than two weeks left to the Grand Depart it is with great pleasure and excitement that we officially announce the 13 rider list from which the final 9 riders will be decided.
Tour de France #7: Another great day for MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung
Teklehaimanot extends KOM lead, two in top ten for MTN-Qhubeka
The Tour de France finally saw its first real mass bunch sprint of this year’s race with Mark Cavendish (Etixx-Quickstep) taking the win in Fougeres. Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) was 2nd and Peter Sagan rounded out the podium in 3rd.
For MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung it was another terrific day as Daniel Teklehaimanot got to start the stage in the Polka Dot jersey he earned yesterday. With a category 4 climb coming just 12km into today’s stage, Daniel was keen to show off his new jersey in the break as he looked to further his lead in the King of the Mountians competition. Daniel was successful in his task and got into a 5 rider move inside the first 5km.