After Cameron Meyer, Nathan Haas and Mark Renshaw got us off to a great start at the Australian National Road Champs last week, our African Team are motivated to make an impression at our first UCI World Tour event of 2016.


Once again the Santos Tour Down Under will get underway with the curtain raising People's Choice Classic Criterium on Sunday 17 January. The stage race then officially gets underway on Tuesday the 19th, and ends after 6 stages on Sunday 24th. Stage 5 is expected to be the race defining stage as it ends with two ascents up Willunga Hill. The remaining 5 stages have options for both the opportunists and sprinters.

Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka will field an exciting line-up for a debut 2016 World Tour race. All 3 of our Aussie riders will start with Cameron Meyer and Nathan Haas both prospects for a decent overall result while Mark Renshaw, particularly as he will team up with Tyler Farrar, give us options for the bunch kicks. Our 3 South African riders, Reinardt Janse van Rensburg, Jaco Venter and Songezo Jim will complete our 7 rider roster.

I'm hoping to have a good week overall and the GC will be my first priority. After last week at the nationals my form seems to be pretty good and I should be up there among the favourites but I don't think I am one of the clear favourites like Simon Gerrans, Richie Porte and Rohan Dennis. I think I can use this and look for my opportunities throughout the week. Cameron Meyer - Rider