Schlagwort-Archiv: Steve Cummings

Buchmann verbessert sich trotz Rückstand im Tagesklassement den auf 16. Gesamtrang

In einem spannenden Finale übernimmt F. Aru das Gelbe Trikot auf der 12. Etappe der Tour de France. R. Bardet holt sich den Etappensieg, während Emanuel Buchmann am vorletzten Berg abreißen lassen muss. Am Ende kommt Buchmann als 23. ins Ziel, verbessert sich aber auf den 16. Gesamtrang.

Von Pau, am Fuße der Pyrenäen, führte die heutige 12. Etappe der Tour über 214,5km nach Peyragudes. Allerding entsprach der Parcours nicht unbedingt einer typischen Bergetappe, da die ersten 100km flachen waren, bevor auf die Fahrer die erste Bergwertung wartete. Diese Charakteristik versprach auch einiges an Spannung, da zu erwarten war, dass eine größere Gruppe sich im ersten Etappenteil absetzen würde.

Für BORA – hansgrohe bedeutete dieses Profil, dass heute Pawel Poljanski und Emanuel Buchmann eine Chance hatten, um den Etappensieg mitzukämpfen. Beide sind starke Kletterer, die aus einer Gruppe am Ende eine gute Chance haben könnten, doch zuerst galt es die richtige Gruppe im flachen Beginn zu erwischen.

Nachdem sich heute viele Fahrer Hoffnungen machten, war der Kampf um die Gruppe zum Beginn der Etappe auch wieder wesentlich härter als die letzten Tage. Immer wieder versuchten Fahrer auszureißen, wurden aber wieder neutralisiert, bevor es zur nächsten Attacke aus dem Feld kam. Es dauerte bis zu Rennkilometer 25, dann hatten sich 12 Fahrer gefunden. Die Gruppe hatte schnell einen Vorsprung von 2 Minuten, im Feld reagierte Sky und sorgte dafür, dass der Vorsprung auf nicht mehr als 6:00 anwachsen konnte.

Auf den ersten Bergwertungen des Tages fiel die Spitzengruppe langsam auseinander, während Sky den Rückstand auf unter 5 Minuten verkleinerte, bevor es zum Hafen von Balés, einer Bergwertung der höchsten Kategorie hochging. Auf dem Gipfel kämpfte nur noch S. Cummings an der Spitze, im Feld schlug nun Sky ein Tempo an, das einige Mitfavoriten schon in Probleme brachte. Auch Emanuel Buchmann von BORA – hansgrohe musste 3km vor der Bergwertung abreißen lassen.


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Tour de France 2016: Chasing Dreams

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Tour de France 2016: Verfolgte Träume
Statistiken von einem ikonischen Rennen
Die Tour de France 2016 ist seit ein paar Tagen Geschichte. Es war etwas anderes für die Geschichts Bücher, und für Team-Dimension Data für Qhubeka war es eines seiner wichtigsten Erlebnisse. Die Ergebnisse, die unsere afrikanischen Teams in den letzten drei Wochen des Rennens in Frankreich erreichten sind bemerkenswert : 5 Etappensiege , einen Tag in Gelb, 6 Tage in Grün, 15 top10’s – aber das Beste ist, das Leben wird verändert durch die # Qhubeka5000 Aktivierung.

Der Grand Boucle könnte nicht besser für uns begonnen haben, mit einem Sieg auf der Etappe 1. Mark Cavendish beendete nach einer starken Teamleistung und verdiente sein erstes Gelbes Trikot bei der ikonischen Französischen Grand Tour. Es war auch erste Gelbe Trikot, in der ersten Phase des Rennens als afrikanische basiertes World Tour Team.

Die Erfolgsgeschichte geht weiter mit Cavendish, der seine Tour de France Etappensiege auf 30 Siege erweiterte und ihn auf die All-Time-Rekordliste als 2nd setzte. Seine Gewinne auf den Etappen 1, 3, 6 und 14 wurden von Steve Cummings außergewöhnliche Solo auf der Etappe 7 aufgewertet, welche ihm seinen zweiten Tour de France Etappensieg verdienen ließ, den unglaublichen zweiten Platz auf der legendären Mont Ventoux Etappe für Serge Pauwels hinzufügen und Edvald Boasson Hagen’s 3. Platz auf der Etappe 10. Das Team endete eine unglaubliche Tour de France mit 6 von neun Fahrern in den Top10 auf Etappen und 7 Podien.

Das Team möchte Dimension Data, Deloitte und allen unseren Partnern und Fans für die laufende Unterstützung danken. Ohne diese Unterstützung wäre es nicht möglich gewesen, dass wir unsere Träume erfüllen.

Team-Dimension Data für Qhubeka ist glücklich genug, um auf der weltweit schnellste Ausrüstung zum Rennen zu besitzen:

Rahmen: Cervélo S5
Kurbeln: ROTOR
Cockpit und Räder: ENVE
Kette: KMC
Reifen: Continental
Lager: CeramicSpeed
Sattel: Fizik
Lenkerband : Lizard Skins

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Tour de France #21: Boasson Hagen & Janse van Rensburg finish top 10

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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.

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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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Tour de France #10: Boasson Hagen places 3rd from select group sprint

Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka come agonisingly close to another stage win
Michael Matthews (Orica-BikeExchange) won the 10th stage of the Tour de France, out sprinting Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) and Edvald Boasson Hagen respectively.

The 10th stage was seen as a slightly unpredictable stage as it began with a 22km category 1 climb and then gently rolled downhill to finish after 197km in Revel. Our African Team saw it as an important stage to get riders into the break and so Boasson Hagen and Steve Cummings did just that. A total of 15 riders made the break of the day, with some of the highest profile riders represented in the move from a variety of teams.

The peloton was in two minds as to whether they should or even could, chase the breakaway. In the end, with the rain falling throughout the day, the peloton didn’t really stand much chance with riders like Cummings, Boasson Hagen, Sagan, Greg van Avermaet (BMC Racing), 3 Orica-BikeExchange riders and a few others driving the break. With 25km to go, Sagan took matters into his own hands and split the breakaway group with 7 riders going clear.

The Orica-BikeExchange team was in the driving seat as Luke Dubridge, Daryl Impey and Matthews all made the front split. Boasson Hagen, Sagan, van Avermaet and Samuel Dumoulin AG2R La Mondiale) were the 4 riders that rode away with the Orica trio and the 8 former breakaway riders quickly lost time to the new leaders. There was a short category 3 climb in the final 10km and it was thought the incline could make the difference but the Orica team did well to keep everyone in check.

Over the top of the climb, Boasson Hagen sped things up a bit before Impey then put in 2 stinging attacks but both were impressively covered by the World Champion, Sagan. Matthews who had been glued to the back wheel of Sagan from before the climb, now certainly had the upper hand being the known fastest finisher in the group. Eventually the riders rolled onto the finishing straight and it was van Avermaet who made the first move. Boasson Hagen followed and then the others did too. It was a scrappy sprint and unfortunately our Norwegian champion had to check his sprint twice as Matthews surged ahead with clear road in front of him to take the win.

Sagan just got his front wheel ahead of Boasson Hagen’s before the line which saw the World Champion take back the lead in the green jersey competition. The peloton rolled home over 9 minutes down but Chris Froome (Team Sky) comfortably kept his lead in the overall yellow jersey competition.

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Tour de France #7: Cummings wins after masterclass solo performance

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A dream 4th stage win for Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka at 2016 Le Tour de France
Steve Cummings won stage 7 of the Tour de France in typical Steve Cummings fashion, attacking from the original break of the day, to win solo in Lac de Payolle. Daryl Impey (Orica-BikeExchange) made it an even better day for African cycling as the South African finished in 2nd place. Daniel Navarro (Cofidis) was 3rd.

The 7th stage got off to a fast start with Mark Cavendish and Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) attacking from kilometer zero. 10 other riders joined the Green Jersey contenders but the peloton weren’t content on letting Sagan and Cavendish get away. As soon as their group was caught, the counter attacks started and Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka were fully switched on as Edvald Boasson Hagen made a new break with 3 others. Once again, a few kilometers down the road this break was also caught. The third escape would be the defining move of the day and 29 riders rode clear after 40km of racing, including Cummings.

Due to the constant attacking, nearly 50km were covered in the first hour and so when the break went clear, the peloton sat up for moment to regain composure which allowed the break to go 5 minutes clear. There were some big names in the escape group, with the yellow jersey race leader, Greg van Avermaet (BMC Racing) also present. With the stage ending after an ascent of the Col d’Aspin, the climbers in the breakaway like Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) and Navarro were definitely the favourites for the stage.

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Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka presents Tour de France team

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5000 bicycles the driving force behind Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka’s Tour de France ambitions
After naming a 13 rider long list for the Tour de France less than a week ago, Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka is extremely happy to announce its final selection of 9 riders that will take on the 103rd edition of the Le Grand Boucle – the first ever for an African World Tour team.

3 African riders form part of the team. Newly crowned Eritrean Road and TT champion Daniel Teklehaimanot will once again be on the start of the race. After a strong month of racing, that also saw him winning the KOM classification for a second time at the Criterium du Dauphiné, he will again try to make the fans of our African team proud. He will be joined by his fellow countryman Natnael Berhane, who will race his first Tour de France, and South African Reinardt Janse van Rensburg.

Steve Cummings, who won our African team’s first ever stage at the Tour de France on Mandela Day 2015, will spearhead the rest of the line-up together with Mark Cavendish, who will seek to add a 27th stage win to his illustrious palmares. The Manx Missile will be able to count on his lieutenants Mark Cavendish,, with the latter one also being our team’s road captain. Serge Pauwels and Norwegian Road and TT champion Edvald Boasson Hagen will round out our 9 rider line-up for the Le Grand Boucle.

Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka – Tour de France team
Natnael Berhane [Link];
Edvald Boasson Hagen [Link];
Mark Cavendish [Link];
Steve Cummings [Link];
Bernhard Eisel [Link];
Reinardt Janse van Rensburg [Link];
Serge Pauwels [Link];
Mark Renshaw [Link];
Daniel Teklehaimanot [Link];

Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka will race to raise funds towards the #BicyclesChangeLives campaign and is proud to invite fans and partners alike to join through the Qhubeka 5000 challenge during the Tour de France. The Qhubeka 5000 is an international 48-hour interactive fundraising initiative by our African team with the aim to get supporters around the world to take part and make an impact that matters in Africa. Find out how you can join this challenge at qhubeka5000.org.

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Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka name squad for Tour de France

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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.

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Tour de France #21: Dream Tour de France for MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung

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Boasson Hagen 4th on final stage for MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung
What an incredible end to a perfect debut Tour de France for Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung. Edvald Boasson Hagen sprinted to a fine 4th place on the Champs Elysees for our African team on today’s 21st and final stage. Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) won the final stage while Chris Froome (Team Sky) won the Grande Boucle overall.

As the riders set off for Paris earlier today, it would be an incredible day of reflecting back on what was a dream 3 weeks for our African team. From the moment Daniel Teklehaimanot made history by getting the 102nd Tour de France underway in the Eritrean national jersey, we couldn’t have written a more perfect script for what was to come.

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Tour de France #20: Good day on Alpe d’Huez for MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung

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Pauwels stays 13th and MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung remain 5th team
The 20th stage of the Tour de France would be the final battle for the GC riders with Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) taking the spoils on Alpe d’Huez. Nairo Quintana (Movistar) would be the rider in 2nd place while Ryder Hesjedal (Cannondale-Garmin) completed the podium.

In a short stage of just 111km, the battle for the yellow jersey would well and truly be on as there would be two major climbs on the menu today. While an initial break of 4 riders got away, it was inevitable that they would be caught as Nairo Quintana looked to mount a challenge for the yellow jersey.

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Criterium du Dauphine # 1: Erstes World Tour Trikot für MTN-Qhubeka

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Polka Dot Trikot für Teklehaimanot und 3. Platz für Boasson Hagen
Die Öffnungsetappe des Criterium du Dauphine wurde ein perfekter Start für das Team MTN-Qhubeka p / b Samsung als Edvald Boasson Hagen auf den 3. Platz  ins Ziel sprintete und Daniel Teklehaimanot zog als König der Berge das Polka Trikot Dot an.

Unser afrikanisches Team begann die Etappe auf dem vorderen Fuß, wie Daniel in der frühen Ausreissergruppe des Tages, der in der ersten 10km der Etappe weg fuhr. Daniel wurde von Björn Thurau (Bora Argon 18), Romain Guillemois (Eurpocar) und Maarten Wynants (Lotto-Jumbo) eingeholt und die 4 Fahrer holten 7 Minuten heraus und auch den Vorsprung relativ schnell.

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