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  1. With an early start in Asmara, Daniel Teklehaimanot got the day off to a magnificent start by soloing to victory after a late attack in the final 10km of the race. It was Teklehaimanot's 2nd road race title of his career. Teklehaimanot crossed the line ahead of our Dimension Data Continental Team rider, Metkel Eyob while 3rd place went to Michael Habtom. I am very happy for this victory. Today the race was really difficult though, it was a flat course so we had to be on the attack all day to make it hard. The Eritrean jersey is something I am really proud to wear and now, the team is not final, but it is possible that I can show the jersey off at the Tour de France on every stage and not just the time trial like last year. Daniel Teklehaimanot - Rider The Rwandan National Championships was next to conclude which saw the result decided by an exciting sprint finish. Our young u23 rider, Bonaventure Uwizeyimana, who rides for our Dimension Data for Qhubeka Continental Team was just able to edge out his World Tour team compatriot, Adrien Niyonshuti, to take a fine win. It was a close race. Yes, maybe I am a little disappointed not to win but I won the time trial and now I have more happiness for my friend Bonaventure to win, and to see the talent in Rwanda increasing. This was very special to me because these riders come from my academy and already this year I have been training with Bona and Valens in Italy so I am happy still for the success of Rwandan cycling. Adrien Niyonshuti - Rider In Belarus, the excellent performances continued as Kanstantsin Siutsou also soloed to victory after attacking with just over 30km to go. Siutsou crossed the line more than 2 minutes ahead of Nikolai Shumov while Branislau Samoilau (CCC Sprandi) finished in 3rd. It was also Siutsou's 2nd ever national road race title of his career.In Italy we had Kristian Sbaragli representing our African Team while Serge Pauwels took part in the Belgian Championships and Bernard Eisel competed for the Austrian title. All 3 riders were in the thick of the action until deep into the race but in the end the trio were not able to challenge for a podium result. Matt Brammeier kept us all on the edge of our seats right up to the finish in the Irish Championship event. Brammeier was part of the early race deciding 7 rider breakaway but it was Nicolas Roche (Team Sky) who escaped with 10km to go that took the win. After 188km of racing, Brammeier came home just 30 seconds behind Roche with Michael O'Loughlin (Team Wiggins) in 3rd. I'm gutted to not have finished the job off today but a split second of hesitation and there was no catching a flying Roche. I was happy to be up there racing for the win and in the end I am quite proud of how I raced today. Matt Brammeier - Rider Edvald Boasson Hagen was the next rider to add to our trophy cabinet as he powered to an incredible win at the Norwegian National Championships. Boasson Hagen surprised all, with a stinging attack in the final 6km to hold on and arrive at the finish in Bodo just 4 seconds ahead of Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) and Kristoffer Halvorsen (Team Joker - Byggtorget). It was Boasson Hagen's 3rd road title and an impressive 11th national title when you include the 8 time trial titles he has already won. It was an insanely fast race. Lillehammer Cycling Club was really good today, they raced like seasoned pros to control the race together with Coop. I couldn't have asked for more out of the Lillehammer boys. It was really awesome what they were able to do. In the final I just had to take it very long. I gave everything I could, there was nothing left that I could give so I am happy that it was enough. Edvald Boasson Hagen - Rider Mark Cavendish was our final rider in action as he took part in the British national road race. Cavendish rode an incredible race, crossing to a dangerous 14 rider breakaway mid race with 7 other riders. A new escape group of 4 riders then formed and our Manxman, who was being heavily marked, rode a tactically smart race to ensure the race eventually came down to a 13 rider sprint. After 207km it was only half a wheel’s length that separated the Manxman from the gold medal as Adam Blythe (Tinkoff) took the win. 3rd place went to Andy Fenn (Team Sky).With all our national championship events now complete for the year, our African Team can be proud of our medal tally which reads as follows: 8 gold medals (Teklehaimanot RR&TT, Boasson Hagen RR&TT, Siutsou RR&TT, Venter RR, Niyonshuti TT) 4 silver medals (Meyer RR, Niyonshuti RR, Cavendish RR, Brammeier RR) 3 bronze medals (Janse van Rensburg RR&TT, Kudus TT)
  2. The Criterium du Dauphine got underway with a short but challenging 142km stage between Aurilliac and Jussac. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka started on a positive note, as Julien Vermote made it into the 6-rider break of the day. Despite the 5 categorised climbs spread across the route, the sprint teams remained interested in today's stage and kept the gap to the breakaway under control. On the final climb of the stage, Deceuninck-Quickstep upped the pace and reduced the main group to just 60 riders, as the break splintered up the road. Boasson Hagen had to dig deep to stay with the group on the climb, but our Norwegian managed to do so as it peaked with just 18km to go. Mitchelton-Scott then took up the chase and ensured the final 3 remaining breakaway riders were caught in the final kilometer. Boasson Hagen was able to benefit from the chase work of the other teams and found the strength to beat them all in the final sprint for the stage victory. The stage win also secured the overall race leader’s yellow jersey as well as the green jersey, as the leader in the points competition for Boasson Hagen. I am really happy with today's win. It has been a while since I have won in the World Tour, so this is great win for me and for Team Dimension Data. I was really suffering on the climb, but I managed to stay there in the group while the best sprinters were dropped. That worked out really well for me. I had good speed in the sprint and am just really happy to have won and to take the yellow jersey, even if only for a few days. Edvald Boasson Hagen
  3. If anybody had thought that today’s final stage would be a sprint parade into Cardiff, they were quickly proven wrong. Countless attacks occurred in the opening kilometers and the peloton was strung out right from the beginning. After 30 km of racing, the riders were all over the road with the pack split up into four different groups. Ultimately, 35 riders managed to get off the front. The group later grew to over 50 riders but never more than that. The rest of the peloton got distanced by several minutes, leaving the front riders to fight for the stage and the overall victory. Multiple riders tried to get away on the final kilometers but nobody seemed to succeed. Boasson Hagen put in a strong attack with 7 km to go, but his rivals were quick to react and bring him back. It looked like the stage would finish in another bunch sprint but with 3 km left to go, Boasson Hagen found energy to attack once more. This time, he immediately got a gap on the peloton as he threw his Cervélo bike through the slippery corners towards the finishing line. The teams of the sprinters did their best to bring back the Norwegian but nobody could catch Boasson Hagen who kept the chasers at bay and soloed to victory. Lars Boom (Team LottoNL-Jumbo) managed to hold on to his leader’s jersey to win Tour of Britain overall, while Boasson Hagen’s impressive stage victory landed him 10 bonus seconds, which saw him move up to second place in the general classification. Stefan Küng (BMC Racing Team) finished third. It feels good to finally get this victory. We had a plan from the beginning of the day for me to try to attack with two or three kilometers to go. It was great to be at the front and I’m happy I moved up to second place overall. I’ve had a nice week with the team and I’m happy to finish it off like this. Edvald Boasson Hagen
  4. Knowing that today’s stage was the last chance for the opportunistic riders to shine in the race, it was no surprise to see countless attacks during the first part of the stage. It took nearly an hour of hard racing before a group of 20 riders finally managed to distance the peloton. Boasson Hagen had been very attentive near the front, covering the most dangerous moves. In theory, the fast Norwegian didn’t have to attack, as he would be one of the favorites in a bunch sprint. However, when the big group went away, he was quick to follow, which proved to be a very good decision. The breakaway worked well together and as the peloton seemed satisfied with the situation, the gap quickly grew to over seven minutes. As the front group took on the last 40 km of the stage, the riders started attacking each other. Ultimately, nine riders - including Boasson Hagen - got away. The new front group kept splitting up but only for a limited time as it always came back together again. With about three kilometers left to go, Boasson Hagen was smart and took the right way around in a roundabout while the other riders went left. This opened up a small gap. Nikias Arndt (Team Sunweb) originally followed Boasson Hagen but he couldn’t keep up with the Norwegian time trial champion. Boasson Hagen continued alone and he had plenty of time to celebrate and show the iconic five-fingers-salute for Qhubeka as he crossed the finishing line in Salon-de-Provence. The peloton finished over 12 minutes down with the yellow jersey Chris Froome (Team Sky) keeping the overall lead before tomorrow’s 22.5 km long individual time trial in Marseille. This is fantastic. The team helped me a lot before the break went away. They controlled the peloton and on the climb, I was in a good position to follow the attacks. Within the front group, we worked really well together all day. Naturally, at the end, there were some attacks but I managed to close them down a ride quite smartly. I had studied the course and I knew I had to go right in that last roundabout. Afterwards, I managed to go solo and I was so happy when I crossed the line. I’ve been so close so many times. It’s really nice to finally get this victory for the team and for myself as well. Edvald Boasson Hagen
  5. Highights Stage 19 Boasson Hagen sprint Last kilometre Results Stage 19 Top 10 on Stage 191 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data 5:06:09 2 Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Sunweb 0:00:05 3 Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-Scott 0:00:17 4 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Movistar Team 5 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal 6 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Direct Energie 7 Elie Gesbert (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro 8 Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale 9 Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica-Scott 0:00:19 10 Pierre Luc Perichon (Fra) Team Fortuneo - Oscaro 0:01:32 Top 10 in the General Classification 1 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky 83:26:55 2 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:23 3 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale-Drapac 0:00:29 4 Mikel Landa (Spa) Team Sky 0:01:36 5 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:01:55 6 Daniel Martin (Irl) Quick-Step Floors 0:02:56 7 Simon Yates (GBr) Orica-Scott 0:04:46 8 Louis Meintjes (RSA) UAE Team Emirates 0:06:52 9 Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Sunweb 0:08:22 10 Alberto Contador (Spa) Trek-Segafredo 0:08:34
  6. Starting out with a 20 kilometers’ ascent, numerous riders attacked right from the beginning of the day. The fast pace proved too much for the green jersey, Marcel Kittel (Quick Step Floor) who quickly got dropped. This prompted Team Sunweb to go to the front in order to pull for their designated sprinter, Michael Matthews. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka’s Steve Cummings took part in the workload at the front of the peloton, which ultimately saw the group with Kittel getting dropped for good. With today’s stage taking place on Mandela Day, the team was very motivated to do well. On the final 15 km, the peloton split up into several groups in the crosswind, leaving just a dozen of riders at the front. Boasson Hagen made the cut and so did Scott Thwaites and Reinardt Janse van Rensburg. Daniele Bennati (Movistar) tried to take the front group by surprise on the last two kilometers but Janse van Rensburg closed him down and delivered Boasson Hagen in a good position for the sprint. Unfortunately, the strong Norwegian lost a few positions in the final corners but thanks to a powerful sprint, he still managed to take second place, narrowly beaten by Matthews. John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) was third. Chris Froome (Team Sky) finished in the front group and thereby kept the yellow jersey for another day. Tomorrow, the riders will take on the first big stage in the Alps. 183 km and four difficult climbs await the peloton on their way from La Mure to Serre-Chevalier. This was a really hard stage. The team did very well to keep me at the front all day. Everybody did such a great job. Unfortunately, in the last corner, I was a bit too far down. I knew I had to be at the front at that point but sometimes these things happen. I was probably the fasted rider on the last stretch and I almost made it. It’s a shame. This was a good chance for me. Edvald Boasson Hagen
  7. 29-year-old Norwegian Boasson Hagen has an extensive palmarès to his name and looks back on a largely successful season. Besides retaining his National titles in both the road race and time trial he also crossed the line first at two World Tour events; stage 4 of the Criterium du Dauphine and stage 7 of the Eneco Tour. "I’m really happy in this team", says Boasson Hagen. "It’s a special team and I have good teammates. Going to race for Team Dimension Data and the Qhubeka charity for another two years is really great." Also staying will be Tyler Farrar, who served as road captain at many of the team’s races over the last two seasons. At 32 years of age the experienced American will continue to be a vital member of our African team and is likely to built on his mentoring role. While both Boasson Hagen and Farrar are among the team’s classics riders, Igor Anton is one of the climbers. The 33-year-old Basque rider comes into form once the road gradients go up. This year he was one of the key support riders for the success the team enjoyed in the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a Espana. Rolf Aldag, Head of Performance of Team Dimension Data, is full of praise for the trio: „Edvald, Tyler and Igor have proved themselves as great ambassadors for Qhubeka and as leaders on and off the bike for our team. We are happy to continue working with them to achieve our future goals. All three are great characters who act like role models for our young talents, contribute by scoring results in the races and hold key positions in our structures. The experiences and respect they have earned in the peloton over the years, in combination with the values they stand for, makes them very special to us and our partners.“ Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka – 2017 Team Igor Anton, Natnael Berhane, Edvald Boasson Hagen, Mark Cavendish, Stephen Cummings, Mekseb Debesay, Nicolas Dougall, Bernhard Eisel, Tyler Farrar, Omar Fraile, Ryan Gibbons, Nathan Haas, Reinardt Janse van Rensburg, Jacques Janse van Rensburg, Ben King, Merhawi Kudus, Lachlan Morton, Adrien Niyonsuti, Ben O’Connor, Serge Pauwels, Youcef Reguigui, Mark Renshaw, Kristian Sbaragli, Daniel Teklehaimanot, Jay Robert Thomson, Scott Thwaites, Johann van Zyl, Jaco Venter
  8. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka is happy to confirm the contract renewals of Edvald Boasson Hagen, Tyler Farrar, and Igor Anton. Click here to view the article
  9. The final stage was always poised to be the toughest of this year’s Eneco Tour as the 197km stage included 16 of the typical short steep Belgian Hellingen climbs, resembling a shorter edition of the Tour of Flanders. The start was fast as numerous riders tried to get ahead in an early breakaway. It took over 70km's before a group of 9 riders got clear. The leaders were able to get a maximum gap of 2'45" before the multiple ascents of the Bosberg and Kapelmuur began. The peloton began picking up the pace when the tough finishing circuit was reached, at the same time the rain started to fall which made the cobbled climbs quite tricky and the roundabouts very slippery. With 52km to go, the peloton came through the finish-line and our African Team had been doing well to position Boasson Hagen at the front of the pack at all the key moments. When the race hit the Bosberg at 46km to go, the race exploded and Boasson Hagen was perfectly placed to play his part at the front of the race. A big attack of 6 riders went over the top as the early break had faltered. Boasson Hagen wasn't part of that initial split but almost immediately he jumped across with 2 others to form a lead group of 9. The overall favourites, Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) and Dennis had missed the split and so Terpstra had the most to gain and with him and his Etixx teammate, Bob Jungels driving the pace at the front. For a long time, the gap hovered around the 15" mark but then the treacherous conditions eliminated a number of riders as they hit the deck. Among the fallers were Andre Greipel, Boy van Poppel and Rohan Dennis. Between the falls and the tough ascents of the Bosberg and Kapelmuur, the race became one of sheer attrition and not many were left in contention. From the original 9 man select group up front, only 3 survived to take on the last 10km. Boasson Hagen, Terpstra and Naesen pushed on to the finish in Geraardsbergen with the Sagan chase group some 48" behind. On the final 1km climb to the line, Boasson Hagen showed he had enough left in the tank to take a fine victory ahead of Terpstra and Naesen. I am really happy with how the stage went today. I was always in the right place at the key moments thanks to my team. The race was hard but that suited me well. I was feeling strong but the wet made the race difficult so you had to stay focused. We got away with a very strong group and it was important to not waste energy. I came to Eneco with the goal of possibly winning a stage and the overall but the overall didn't go to plan. So I was really motivated to win today's stage. I knew Terpstra would be going for the overall so I tried to ride clever, using that to my advantage but Naesen was there and he was very strong. In the final I tried save all I could for the last 200m. I am happy it was enough to win the stage. Edvald Boasson Hagen - Rider
  10. 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. 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. Steve Cummings - 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. Reinardt Janse van Rensburg - Rider
  11. 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. Today's stage was a super hard stage after the rest day. With a 22km climb in the beginning, it was really tough for the guys. If you look at Steve and Eddy who made the break and you see how tired they were, it shows how hard it was. Then riding in the rain and the cold, in the front, it was not an easy day for them. When the group split it was amazing to have Eddy in the front and it would have been amazing to have Steve in the front as well but Steve has done a lot already this Tour. With Eddy against 3 Orica riders, I still think it was a good option for us but getting blocked in the sprint twice and not being able to open up properly was a bit of a disappointment for him but a podium is fantastic. A year ago we would have been elated with a podium, and we still are but having won 4 stages already we just keep thinking we want to win. A podium though, it is still amazing. Douglas Ryder - Team Principle
  12. Michael Matthews (Orica-BikeExchange) won the 10th stage of the Tour de France, out sprinting Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) and Edvald Boasson Hagen respectively. Click here to view the article
  13. The 151km long stage from Le Pont-de-Claix to Superdévoluy saw an early break of 20 riders. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka had Teklehaimanot, who was equal on points with overnight KOM classification leader Thibaut Pinot, and Cummings (pictured above) in the group. The peloton, including all the GC contenders, didn’t let them get to far off the front. However, a gap of around two minutes was enough for Teklehaimanot to score the needed points in his fight for glory. With roughly 70km to go Cummings attacked the break and took off alone. While his move split the the former break, Teklehaimanot (pictured above) was able to stay in the chase group, allowing Cummings to increase his lead. Over the following kilometers, the British time trial specialist opened up a gap of over 2min over the chasers. With 30km and two climbs to go the peloton was another 2min back. Inside the final 15km the peloton, lead by Etixx-QuickStep, picked up the pace and reeled the chase back in. However, Cummings was able to defend his lead and crossed the line in Superdévoluy 3.58min ahead of Daniel Martin (Etixx-QuickStep) and Roman Bardet (Ag2R). While the overall went to Chris Froome (Sky), it was our African team, who put on a strong show at the Critérium du Dauphiné. With 2 stage wins, as well as the Green jersey and the Polka Dots jersey Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka left its mark in the French Alps. It was an unreal day today, the best for Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka so far. Steve was really strong, it was a great solo. We also wanted to get the Polka Dot jersey back onto Daniel’s shoulders and were able to do so. With two stage wins through Edvald and Steve, and the wins in the Points classification through Edvald and the KOM classification through Daniel it was simply an amazing week! Jean-Pierre Heynderickx – Sports Director
  14. With 7 categorised climbs included in today's 140km from La Ravoire to Vaujany, everything was geared toward an exciting stage and the racing did not disappoint. Constant attacking from the gun made it difficult for the break of the day to form. Eventually 4 riders went clear after around 20km of racing but there was a large group of nearly 25 riders chasing these 4 at 30 seconds, the peloton a further 30 seconds back. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka had Daniel Teklehaimanot, Edvald Boasson Hagen and Steve Cummings in the chase group. Teklehaimanot was chasing King of the Mountains points today and with the help of his two teammates, the big chase group caught the 4 leaders just before the category 1 Col du Barrioz. Teklehaimanot was strong enough to go over the summit in first place, adding 10 points to his tally. The next climb was the category 2 Col des Ayes and nobody could stop our Eritrean from taking maximum points on the line there either. Teklehaimanot now just had to complete the stage in order to pull on the polka dot jersey. The peloton wasn’t content with having such a big group out front, heading into the last half of the stage. Tinkoff kept the chase going until the 25 lead riders sat up and returned to the peloton, bar 5 riders. These new attackers were able to ride ahead by 2 minutes before the road started rising toward Vaujany. Tinkoff kept controlling the pace and as the race approached the final 6.8km climb to the line, Sky and FDJ also began working. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka had Igor Anton and Serge Pauwles riding among the main contenders up until 3km to go. This is where Team Sky made its mark on the stage with Mikel Landa the first to attack, reeling in the breakaway riders at the same time before Froome countered and went into the lead with Porte in tow. Froome took a good win and Pauwels was our African Teams best placed finisher on the day in 22nd. It worked out to be a fantastic day for Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka though because Boasson Hagen retained his green sprinters jersey and Teklehaimanot pulled on the polka dot jersey. It was a really great day after yesterday, where Eddy won the stage. So I have a lot motivation to do something good and win the polka dot jersey again. It was a really hard start today but Eddy helped me to win the sprint in the first category climb and the second category that followed as well. He did a great job for me. It won't be easy to keep the jersey but it is my goal to win it. Daniel Teklehaimanot - Rider
  15. The 4th stage of the Criterium du Dauphine got off to somewhat of a slow start due to a stern headwind hindering the riders. This didn't stop 3 riders from attacking just as the flag dropped at kilometer zero. Maxime Bouet (Etixx-Quickstep), Frederik Veuchelen (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) and Bryan Nauleau (Direct Energie) were the aggressors and they forced out a 5'30" lead over the peloton. With just 3 riders sharing the workload compared to a number of teams all contributing to the pace setting in the peloton, it was never going to be a day for the break. The inevitable catch took place with just 3km to go and then it was another showdown between the sprint trains. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka again turned to Edvald Boasson Hagen as our African Team tried to keep the Norwegian Champion in a good position for the finale. Nathan Haas and Youcef Reguigui did a sterling job, ensuring they were there to move Boasson Hagen up at key moments before the sprint. Reguigui narrowly missed a crash with 1.5km to go but Haas and Boasson Hagen were unaffected as the riders made their way under the flamme rouge. The final 800m rose steadily to the line and this suited our African Team strongman perfectly. As Orica-Greenedge led out the sprint, Boasson Hagen patiently waited for the just the right moment to launch his sprint. Even though he had to go a little long, Boasson Hagen's timing couldn't have been more perfect as he hit the front with 150m to go and from there he was able to hold off the fast finishing Julien Alaphilippe (Etixx-Quickstep) to take a fantastic win. As our African Team races everyday for the #BicyclesChangeLives campaign, at this point in time #KeepFightingKeagz has also been the driving force behind our performance. I had a great position all day. The guys kept me well protected. In the finale I had to go from far. Everyone was getting tired and I managed to stay ahead. I'm very happy. It was the last opportunity for riders like me. I really wanted to do well today. I like the Dauphiné because there's a stage for every kind of rider. I've done this race a lot of times. It's been a great season so far and I hope to have a good Tour de France as well. I'm getting better and better towards the Tour de France. It's nice to get a win for Dimension Data for Qhubeka and it gives me an opportunity to send my best wishes to Keagan Girdlestone for his recovery. Edvald Boasson Hagen - Rider
  16. It was another wet and windy day to end off this year’s edition of the Tour of Norway. As the riders took on 163km from Drobak to Sarpsborg, 2 riders got away and the peloton gave them a maximum lead of 5 minutes. Roompot started the intial chase and then it was our Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka and the Team Norway riders who came to assist. Adrien Niyonshuti did an incredible job once again, pulling on the front for most of the stage. The stage ended with 3 laps of a really tough circuit which included a hard 1.5km climb. Boasson Hagen had come to see the circuit a few weeks ago and so our team went into the stage with a clear plan. The 2 rider break was caught as expected and the stage would be decided on the final circuit. Our African Team did a great job once again to keep Edvald in prime position for the start the all-important final climb. Boasson Hagen put in a few testing surges on the climb and the fatigue in the peloton was noticeable. So near the top of the hill our Norwegian star accelerated away from the group and never looked back. With 6.5km to go to the line, Boasson Hagen totally emptied the tank and it was enough, as he crossed the line 8 seconds ahead of a charging peloton. The result also saw Boasson Hagen finish the race in 2nd position overall. It was a good day. We had control over the break and the team did really well, always being in front with me. Towards the end I tried to attack and I managed to stay away which I am really happy about but the team did really well so I am very happy. I had come to see the circuit before so I knew all the corners and it was really wet today so I knew where I could go really fast. It was nice to know about the circuit beforehand. Edvald Boasson Hagen - Rider The team were fantastic today once again. All the guys did a great job and Eddy finished it off with a great ride. It was really special to do it in front of his home crowd as well. It has been a great week for us here in Norway, the riders and staff all worked incredibly hard and well together so we are really happy with our performance here. Oli Cookson - Sport Director
  17. Our African Team were always on the front foot during today's 174km stage from Fla to Eggemoen as Reinardt Janse van Rensburg jumped into the early break of the day. With representation in the break, the other teams were forced to make a contribution to the race while the rest of our Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka riders could spend the day riding in the peloton. The team looked after Boasson Hagen and were riding well as a unit, not even a stray dog that ran into the peloton and caused Youcef Reguigui to crash could disrupt our plans for the stage. Reguigui got up straightaway and chased backed to the peloton to support Edvald. When the race came onto the finishing circuit, Janse van Rensburg was still part of the 7 rider break but the peloton had brought the gap down from 5'00" to 45" with just 10km to go. The race came back together with 2.5km to go and Janse van Rensburg held his position in front to assist Boasson Hagen and Reguigui with their positioning. The race was in pieces though as the rain and wind had taken its toll on the riders. Reguigui did a good final turn before Edvald was left to take on the technical sprint finish with 11 other riders. At one point it looked like Boasson Hagen wasn't going to get a gap to start his sprint but the Norwegian champ found a way, and crossed the line first. This would be Boasson Hagen's 4th win of the season and our African Team's 11th win of the year. In the overall classification, Boasson Hagen remained in 3rd place but the gap to Pieter Weening's leader’s jersey is now 43 seconds away from Edvald. It was great teamwork today. We managed to get Reinie in the breakaway and then we could just sit in the group and relax, and save for the final. The rest of the team helped to keep me in a good position all day and also into the last climb. I managed to stay on the right wheel and took the sprint so I am really happy about the teamwork and for my victory of course. There was a lot of headwind in the sprint so I had to wait but I was also getting boxed in a bit so I was happy to get out and it's great that I managed to take the win. Edvald Boasson Hagen - Rider
  18. This year will be the 51st edition of the Amstel Gold Race and riders will be faced with 248km and 34 noted climbs. While the climbs are not all that long (only 2 are longer than 3km), they are short, steep and once they start there is almost no respite between them. The Cauberg is considered to be the most famed climb of the race and riders will race to the top no less than 4 times. The final time up the Cauberg comes in the final 3km of the race and is often the stage for the race defining moment. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka will start with a strong team, ready to challenge for a top result at the hilly Dutch classic. Edvald Boasson Hagen will lead the team with Kristian Sbaragli, Serge Pauwels, Nathan Haas, Omar Fraile, Jaco Venter, Natnael Berhane and Youcef Reguigui completing our roster. After Edvald raced his heart out at Paris-Roubaix, fighting for the win right into the Velodrome, we were happy that we could convince him to take the start of Amstel Gold. He deserves our full support and are sure that he will be in the mix again. He has good memories from the region as he finished on the podium of the World Championships when Valkenburg hosted the event in 2012. With a strong team, we are ready to perform and promote our BicyclesChangeLives project at the Amstel Gold Race. Jens Zemke - Sport Director
  19. What an incredible day it would prove to be as "The Hell of the North" lived up to be 257km of pure drama. From the start gun the pace was on as the early break tried to form. On numerous occasions a group would get away, but the composition was never to the liking of all the teams and so everything was shut down in the first 70km of the race. Matt Brammeier and Jay Thomson were really attentive in the early parts of the race, following all the moves. Mark Cavendish also got in on the action and the Manxman got into a break of 24 riders which had a 30" lead on the peloton at one point but that move was shut down too. The pace was so high in fact that the peloton had split into 4 groups after 50km of racing. Eventually everything came back together and thankfully so as Boasson Hagen had punctured and had to chase back to the head of the race. It was only after kilometer 75 that the actual break of the day went clear. It was made up of 16 riders and our African Team had Reinardt Janse van Rensburg in the mix. As the break rode ahead to a 3'40" lead the defining moment of the race came with a little more than 105km to go. A big crash in the peloton saw a front split of 20 riders go clear. We had Boasson Hagen and Bernhard Eisel in this definitive move while race favourites Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) and Fabian Cancellara (Trek-Segafredo) were caught in the group just behind, along with Cavendish. Our Norwegian champion, together with Boonen and a few of his Etixx teammates were then able to get through the Forest of Arenberg cobble sector just before a group containing a number of Team Sky and LottoNL-Jumbo riders joined them. With Boonen, Vanmarcke and Stannard all having teammates in this select group they drove the pace and the Sagan/Cancellara group could only watch the time gap increase from 30" to 1'00". Boasson Hagen's group then caught the early break with 65km to go. With a group of nearly 25 riders upfront now, Boasson Hagen attacked and reduced the group to just 15 riders. Team Sky were than dealt a blow as 2 of their riders in the lead group crashed on a cobble sector with 50km to go. Boasson Hagen was able to miss the bodies and bikes in the road and continued to push the pace with Vanmarcke. The crash had reduced the lead group to just 10 riders now and the Carrefour de l'Arbre still had to be raced. Just before the leaders arrived at what is most probably the most treacherous cobble sector of the race, Luke Rowe (Team Sky) attacked in the crosswind and this saw the front group reduced to just the 5 strongest riders on the day; Boasson Hagen, Stannard, Vanmarcke, Boonen and Hayman. Vanmarcke attacked through the Carrefour de l'Abre and the other 4 were really put on the limit during the chase. Vanmarcke was brought back with just 10km to go and then the leaders really began to "throwdown". Vanmarcke attacked again, Boonen countered and Boasson Hagen also followed to bring it all back together. Hayman was the next to go and he got a gap which Boonen was able to bridge with 2km to go. The other 3 chased for all their worth and just made it onto the leading two's tails as we entered the Roubaix Velodrome. All 5 riders were already well into the red zone as they opened up a painful sprint. Hayman proved to have the most left in the tank as he took a really good win. Boonen was 2nd, Stannard 3rd, Vanmarcke 4th and Boasson Hagen took 5th place. An incredible ride by our Norwegian champion and a terrific result by our African Team. It was hard but good. I was able to stay out of trouble for the most part but the last 10km was really hard, with a lot of attacks. It wasn't possible to get better than 5th but it is the best result I have had at Paris-Roubaix so far so that is good, but obviously you would want more and to get a podium. Edvald Boasson Hagen - Rider We came here to be part of the bike race and I don't think anybody can deny us that. Eddy pulled out one hell of a ride today and when you get into the final like that as a sprinter you always going to be clutching at straws. The team as a whole was great as well. Nic Dougall was a bit sick today and he still rode his heart out to keep Eddy up there in the beginning. Cavendish was part of a dangerous 24 rider move and then Reinardt got into the main break and he did an incredible ride, so we were always able to remain calm. Eddy was always going to be in a difficult position in that final though. With the national champions jersey on his shoulders and after having such a good start to his year he was always going to be a marked man. It was a pity but he has broken into the top 10 now and showed we can win. Roger Hammond - Sport Director
  20. The 114th Paris-Roubaix saw a surprise victor as Matthew Hayman (Orica-Greenedge) sprinted to the win on the Roubaix Velodrome ahead of Tom Boonen (Etixx-Quickstep) and Ian Stannard (Team Sky). Click here to view the article
  21. 257km await the riders, 52.8km of them will be over the 27 different cobble sectors on route. With the first sector only coming 98km into the race, the final 3 hours of the race are set to be drama filled. Add into the equation the possibility of rain come Sunday, and you have all the makings of an epic spring classic. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka will start with a strong and confident team, which has spent the last number of weeks racing the Belgian cobbled classic's together. Edvald Boasson Hagen will be our key rider for Paris-Roubaix and he will be able to count on the support from Mark Cavendish, Bernhard Eisel, Tyler Farrar, Matt Brammeier and our 3 South African strongmen, Jay Thomson, Reinardt Janse van Rensburg and Nic Dougall. It will also be Dougall's debut appearance at Paris-Roubaix. While the Trouée d’Arenberg (with 95km to go, 2.4km long), Mons-en-Pévele (46km to go, 3km long) and Le Carrefour de l’Arbre (15km to go, 2.1km long) are 3 of the most revered cobble sectors in the race, the unpredictable nature of the Hell of the North means riders will have to be attentive for the full 257km. The only real certainty is that Sunday's race will be one of the toughest physical and mental challenges in world sport. I rode the cobbles for the first time on Thursday and it's nothing like I have ever ridden on before. It is unbelievably rough, it's like holding onto a jack hammer. It is even harder than I thought it was going to be so Sunday is going to be a really tough race especially if it's going to be a bit wet and muddy but I am looking forward to it. I'm really excited because we have such a great team here with a lot of experience so it's a good opportunity for me to learn. We will be racing for Edvald, he has shown that he is super strong this year and he has some really good form at the moment. We are all in for him, these races sort of have pinch points where if you are well positioned in the front and you have the legs you can race from there. Our job is to put him as far forward in the bunch at those key points and the rest is up to him and what he can do with his legs, which I'm sure will be great. Nic Dougall - Rider This will be the first Paris-Roubaix for Nic Dougall and you can see how he is in to it already with the equipment and the recon and I think he is really looking forward to it. That makes him an extremely valuable part of the team. His emotions will really drive the whole team and inspire them because Sunday requires a full team effort. Nic is the perfect team player, he has shown in the last few weeks how much he can deliver by keeping the key guys in front, covering early breakaways and always being present. That's why it is so important to have these types of riders. As a team we have Edvald here as our leader and he has all our support, we believe in his talent and we know he can do it. The result is just super difficult to predict because with Paris-Roubaix a lot of things can happen and a lot of things will happen. You just have to be good enough and lucky, and that combination only works for one guy and he is going to be the winner. Hopefully it does come together for us, it is very difficult to predict results but we know as a team with Edvald, Tyler and Mark we will play a role. Rolf Aldag - Head of Performance
  22. Once again, the Paris-Roubaix is upon us. On Sunday, 10 April, 25 teams will line-up for the 114th edition of the "Hell of the North" and our African Team will also be there, ready to take on this mythical monument of professional cycling. Click here to view the article
  23. Boasson Hagen got off to a good start and would come close to eventual race winner Cancellara at the intermediate check, clocking the 2nd fastest time of the day at this point. Even though he wasn’t able to keep his pace towards the end, the effort meant another fine top10 finish for our African team. Steve Cummings also proved to be in form after his stage win earlier this week. He would come home only a few seconds off of Boasson Hagen in 13th place, with Kanstantsin Siutsou rounding out yet another solid team performance. Overnight GC leader Greg van Avermaet (BMC) held on to the blue leaders jersey, denying reigning World Champion Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) the overall win by only one second. Boasson Hagen ended 17th in the GC as the team's highest placed finisher. It has been a good week for us. Tirreno-Adriatico is one of the first World Tour races in Europe and to come away with a stage victory as one of only a few teams is really good. Sure, we did have our ups and downs, but luckily our ups were really high. The team worked well together and it has been a great preparation for the upcoming Milan-San Remo. Roger Hammond – Sports Director I was feeling good today, even though I didn’t go fast enough to get onto the podium. Overall it has been a good week for me. I’m up there with the others which is good to know, thinking of the races to come. Edvald Boasson Hagen – Rider I started a bit to slowly today. Putting that into perspective I did a solid ride. The week has been good for me. It was difficult for to come here as I didn’t know where a was in terms of form. But I quickly found my rhythm and the win on stage 4 was a really nice result. I think it was a good start of the season for me. Steve Cummings – Rider
  24. It was a regular sprinters stage today as the only climb of the day summited with still 65km to go. The peloton allowed a 4 rider break to go clear and they rode away to a 4’30” lead over the Etixx led peloton. Orica-Greenedge would also contribute a rider to the chase and that was enough to make sure the escape was kept at a manageable time gap all stage. The catch was calculated to near perfection as with 5km to go, a charging peloton raced into Montalto di Castro to contest the sprint finish. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka were riding for Edvald Boasson Hagen once again today. Mark Cavendish did a great turn to bring the team to the front of the race with 1km to go. Mark Renshaw then went shoulder to shoulder with the Tinkoff riders as they went under the flamme rouge, with Boasson Hagen in tow. As the sprint opened up the final was not as hard as our African Team had hoped and Boasson Hagen lost a few places while Gaviria charged ahead to take a good victory. Our Norwegian champion went on to cross the line in 15th position as our highest placed rider on the day. The stage went pretty much as planned. We always knew it was going to be a hectic final. The finish wasn’t quite as hard as we had hoped. Edvald got dropped off at the bottom of that final kicker with 600m to go but got swamped. By all accounts it was a really hectic final and probably wasn’t the perfect finish for Eddy but he did the best sprint he could. Roger Hammond – Sport Director
  25. The 2nd stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico was won by Zdenek Stybar (Etixx-Quickstep). Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) was 2nd and Edvald Boasson Hagen came home in 3rd position for our African Team. Click here to view the article
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