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  1. For Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka it would not be the best of days as our African Team lost Omar Fraile (pictured below), when the Basque rider had to abandon after 100km's of today's stage. Fraile crashed heavily during yesterday's stage but was still able to finish. Overnight though, the young climber picked up a fever and was not able to keep any fluid down. He started today's stage with the hope of nursing through to the finish but a really fast start meant this would not be possible and unfortunately he had no choice but to stop at the feedzone. The stage went on though and it was 4 riders who animated the 230km stage today by making the break of the day. While the stage was by no means flat, the sprinters teams were intent on bringing the race back together for a bunch sprint. This scenario would eventually materialize as with 10km to go, the race was all together. Once again our African Team was focused on delivering Kristian Sbaragli to the sprint as the final 1.5km suited our young Italian, being a slightly uphill pave surface. Sbaragli was well positioned going onto the pave but with no team really taking control of the leadout there was a slight lull in the pace which saw a number of riders swamp to the front before a left hand turn with 1km to go. Sbaragli was boxed in, lost position quickly and then there was also a crash in the corner. The sprint then opened up and Sbaragli found himself having to come from around position 20 when before the final corner he was 8th wheel. In the end our Italian had to settle for 11th place on the stage. We have to start with the bad news of the day, Omar stopped today. He had a bad night after he crashed yesterday. He threw up a couple of times in the evening and a couple of times during the race. He was feeling dizzy and had a headache, he really wasn't feeling well and you could see he was completely empty so he stopped in the feedzone. It's always a bad thing when you lose a rider in a grand tour, and more so when it is early on so we are sad to see him go. Then we went for Kristian in the sprint. He had a good position but was in the middle of the road. Some riders went past him on the left and others on the right, then he was too far back before the last corner. There was also a crash which he was behind, it didn't help the situation so it wasn't the result we were expecting from today. Jean-Pierre Heynderickx - Sport Director
  2. I got it on very good authority that there is no formal bikehub fantasy planned for La Vuelta 2017. Luckily superbru does a semi decent competition that requires almost zero input from the organiser - we had 15 people on it during the TdF, they have been reinvited. As I'm lank lazy, this suits me fine. I will do my best to ensure any admin stuff gets done before it kicks off by 12 noon on saturday. You do need to check in every 2/3 days as the picks are quite fluid (ie, you select from who is still in the race - none of this valverde out on first corner rubbish stuffing up your roster!) I can't either confirm or deny that any of the BikeHub long term test bikes are up for the winner. Come play Vuelta a España with me on Superbru! It's free and loads of fun. Just click here: https://www.superbru.com/vuelta/pool.php?p=11740289 Pool name: El Gordo -BikeHub La Vuelta... Pool code: laosraid vaya vaya
  3. Hi All. I am looking to buy a new Helmet. I want to get something of good quality. Budget of 2k. Had a look at the Giro Chronicle, POC Trabec, Rudy Protera and Uvex Quattro. Any advice or reviews on these? Or other options? All assistance will be much appreciated.
  4. Technology and design Giro claim that a good portion of the Prolight’s weight savings is achieved by using an advanced material on the upper of the shoe. The material uses a technical monofilament mesh with Teijin TPU welding for reinforcement. I’ll put my hand up here and say I’m not absolutely certain what this means but the look and feel reminds me a lot of a refined type of windsurfer sail material. It even has the see-through panels, so for the fashionistas, be aware of your sock colour choice.The Techlace system also works to save weight. The essence of the system is three adjustable velcro straps attached to laces. It is simple to use and allows for tailored tightness at each one of the three points. Another place that Giro shaved off grams is the carbon sole which is developed in partnership with Swedish company Oxeon. Their TeXtreme composite sole is woven in sheets rather than weaves to provide stiffness but as it requires less resin than traditional carbon methods, it is lighter. Padding for grip off the bike is sparse under the sole with only a heel pad to prevent you from slipping. My worn size 46.5 pair, which had picked up some dirt along the way, weighed 185 grams (right shoe) and 187 grams (left shoe). It’s imaginable that the 150-gram claim for a size 42.5 of Prolights is within reach. But how does this weight play out in the real world? The Giro Prolight Techlace are available in black, white, and red (on special order). Fit and comfort I experienced good comfort wearing the Prolight Techlace feeling somewhat how I'd expect the cycling equivalent of slippers to feel. The outer material is supple and conforms well to the shape of the foot with a stiff sole. The moulded rear cups the heel holding it snugly without causing any irritation. The toe box is bordering on narrow. While the outer material shaped itself around my medium width feet, riders with wider feet may struggle for space. The thin upper material does well not to stretch keeping the foot within the bounds of the shoe but it does not provide all that much support. Riders who rely on the uppers for support in their pedalling technique might be disappointed with the Prolight’s thin materials. The shoe might not provide the most support but it has proved to be tough having shrugged off a few scrapes and kicks of the curb (yes, I’m clumsy).The thin upper material breathes excellently. Perfect for those who looking for the coolest of shoes. In winter, however, make sure you have some shoe covers or the cold will creep in. In the wet, water penetrates the shoe rather easily but at the same time the shoe drains well through the underside toe vent and dries almost instantly. The Techlace lacing system is simple to use. Each shoe has three velcro straps attached to the stretchy laces. The pressure can be evenly applied over the lacing, making for a cosy fit without the discomfort of an uneven tension. The stretchy laces do not allow for the same locked in tightness that other lacing systems can deliver. On the bike, adjustments to the laces are difficult with the velcro straps needing individual attention. A dial-type system is far easier to reach down and tighten. A minor annoyance but the velcro pads can also be a bit fiddly, flapping about when undone during fitment or removal. The carbon sole is suitably firm (showing no faults in the lightweight proprietary layup) without being overly harsh to cause pressure or heat spots. Pedal strokes feel efficient with the sole giving the impression that the force is being transferred directly to the pedal. The minimalist rubber heel cap (and cleat) are all that separates the ground from the slippery carbon sole when walking. It did reasonably well (combined with an SPD cleat), surviving the notoriously slippery Kalk Bay side road leading to croissant heaven at Olympia Cafe bakery. The shoes arrive with a flat footbed and a second footbed with three arch support wedges, to best fit your arch type, that can be changed out using velcro strips. The wedge support works reasonably well but under more powerful loads it can compress. Switching between a pair of Specialized Body Geometry shoes during testing, it was quickly noticeable how little shaping is present in the rest of the Prolight footbed. Not a good or a bad thing but worth noting depending on which direction your preferences lie.All the above considerations are probably only of minor importance considering the real reason to choose the Prolight shoes is the weight savings. Switching between a relatively heavy set of shoes and the Prolight, the Prolight’s feeling of weightlessness is immediately evident. Pedalling does feel lighter and very efficient. But, of course, switching between another lightweight range-topping shoe, the impact is less dramatic. Pricing The price tag of the Prolight Techlace shoes is anything but light. Taking the latest exchange rates into account, a pair will set you back around R6,650. However, looking at a price to gains ratio in cycling, it’s really a trend of diminishing returns for your Rands as any product gets lighter. And with the Prolight being one of the lightest shoes on the market, it is little surprise that the price sits at the extreme end of the spectrum. Conclusion Giro's goal with the Prolight Techlace was to make the lightest shoe they could and in that aim, they've smashed it out the park. The shoe is also comfortable for all-day riding and breathes exceptionally well. But in the single-minded pursuit for feather-light shoes Giro has needed compromise in some aspects, so if you're looking for a shoe that shines in all aspects, you'll need to look to something a bit heavier. ProsClass leading weight Excellent cooling Comfortable conforming fit Adjustable arch support ConsPrice Upper materials lack structural support Laces hard to adjust on the fly Strechy laces won't please riders who like a tight fit
  5. "The demands of professional-level road cycling helmets are unique and intense: protection must be accompanied with comfort, low weight, and optimal ventilation,” said Giro Helmet Product Manager Scott Junker. “And, through the testing and validation performed in The Dome, we've long been convinced of the efficacy of MIPS to reduce rotational energy. So we invented a new integration of MIPS that allows us to improve rotational energy management while truly optimizing comfort and ventilation." The Aether MIPS combines a revolution in rotational energy management with an airy, open design to advance head protection for cyclists. Inside the Aether, a two-part dual-density Nanobead EPS foam liner helps to manage a wide range of impact energies, by rotating independently of a rider’s head and the helmet outer shell. This proprietary MIPS Spherical technology removes any obstruction to comfort, while also boasting deep internal channeling to provide cooling airflow. Outside, a sleek 6-piece shell forms a stunning silhouette around the massive vents, which get added structural reinforcement via a shatter-proof AURA reinforcement. The final touch is a new Roc Loc 5+ Air fit system, featuring 3-way fit tuning, that allows independent and easy adjustment in seconds for the ultimate in comfort. Technical features:MIPS Spherical Progressive Layering AURA Reinforcing Arch Dual-density Nanobead EPS foam Eyewear docking ports CoolFit Anti-Microbial padding 250g CE medium 3 SuperFit sizes 9 colours including 3 limited editions ConstructionIndependent Nanobead EPS liners with spherical interface In-Mold construction with progressive layering Six-piece polycarbonate Hardbody Laser-cut logo Local availability and pricing The first stock is due to arrive in South Africa in November. Colour options available in South Africa will include black, red, blue, white and citron. Depending on pricing variables, the Aether MIPS will retail between R4,500 and R4,995.
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  7. Giro Fixture The Fixture's confident mountain style and breezy ventilation combine in a compact design that complements nearly any ride especially when there's dirt under tread. Some of our best features, like In-Mold construction coupled with the ease and comfort of our acclaimed Roc Loc Sport fit system, offer the versatility you need to ride everything from fire-road adventures to swooping singletrack trails. This is one of the best performance value mountain bike helmets available, with styling and colour options that will keep you feeling good mile after mile. Weight – 280g (all sizes). Giro Cinder The Cinder provides all the features an avid road rider wants in a lightweight package. The design is inspired by the classic aesthetic of our premium Synthe helmet, offering similar performance and style. Key features include the Roc Loc 5 fit system, which allows you to easily dial-in both fit tension and adjust vertical position with a single hand. Air-FX padding offers comfort on your longest rides.Specifications Compact shape Air-Fix padding Ponytail compatible In-mold polycarbonate shell with EPS liner Thermoformed SL Roll Cage reinforcement Fit System Roc Loc 5 Ventilation: 26 Wind Tunnel vents with internal channeling Bike Hub currently has a Cinder helmet on test. Watch out for the full review on the website. Prolight Techlace Welcome to the lightweight revolution with Prolight Techlace, the only 150-gram cycling shoe with pro-level performance. The Prolight Techlace combines exceptional stiffness, fast adjustability and incredible weight savings. To get these benefits, we focused on three key areas: an ultralight upper made with a technical monofilament mesh with Teijin TPU welded reinforcement that doesn’t stretch under power; our Techlace closure system that combines the comfort of laces with on-the-fly adjustability; and finally, the Textreme carbon fiber outsole. This unconventional composite is woven in flat sheets instead of threads, producing a carbon fiber that’s ultra-stiff, yet lighter because it requires less resin. When every gram matters and every second counts, Prolight Techlace amplifies your performance. Specifications: Upper: Techlace Pro retention; Teijin welded SL Technical Monofilament Mesh Outsole: Textreme advanced carbon fibre outsole; Bonded walking pad; Titanium hardware Footbed: Prolight Footbed; Prolight SuperNatural Fit Kit with adjustable arch support; X-Static anti-microbial fibre Weight: 150 grams (size 42.5) Travel bag included Carbide 2.0 The Carbide R II is an XC shoe with the comfortable, supportive fit found in our premium shoes. We added a nylon and rubber co-moulded outsole for impressive durability, grip and traction in rocks and mud. While we were at it, we redesigned the upper to combine supple synthetic fibre with mesh panels for increased breathability and lighter weight. Three wide straps allow easy fit adjustments, and a supportive EVA footbed enhances comfort. A stout injected nylon sole helps transfer power to the pedals instantly, enhancing your connection to the bike. DND Gloves The DND (Down And Dirty) is all about the essentials – fit, durability and control. It’s built to be affordable and long-wearing, with a supple feel thanks to the Super Fit engineered AX Suede palm that eliminates excess material and bunching. The upper breathes well, and offers 4-way stretch for maximum comfort day in and day-out. These features and simple construction make the DND the favourite among dirt jumpers and trail riders alike. Specifications:Palm: Super Fit design with three-panel palm for a tailored fit, Ax Suede synthetic leather for durability Upper: Moisture-wicking, 4-way stretch breathable mesh; Reinforced fingertips for hard-wearing durability; Flex zones at the knuckles enhance articulation Padding: 2mm EVA crash pad distributes impact energy Highly absorbent wiping surface Simple, slip-on design Silicone fingertip print provides enhanced grip Touchscreen Technology Rivet 2.0 - Less Can Be More The Rivet II is the latest version of our minimal full-finger glove for riders who want the ultimate in ventilation, control and bar feel. The supple, micro-vented Pittards Leather Palm is matched with a super breathable stretch mesh upper that offers an exceptional fit, so that the glove practically disappears when you put it on, which is exactly what you want when the miles are rolling up. Specifications:Palm Super Fit Engineered Three-Panel Design. Vented Cool Skin Microfiber. Welded Pull Tab. Touchscreen Technology - 80% Polyethylene, 20% Polyurethane Upper: Moisture-Wicking 4-Way Stretch Breathable Mesh. Highly Absorbent Microfiber Wiping Surface - 93% Nylon, 7% Spandex Padding: None (100% Alumina Trihydrate) Bike Hub initial impressions: The Rivet II is a super comfortable lightweight long finger glove providing protection without chunky padding to retain bar feel and stay cool. The neoprene upper provides a snug, fuss-free fit around the wrist without the often clunky straps or irritating seams. Ample venting along the fingers along with perforation across the palm makes for an all-round breathable glove and the touchscreen technology does indeed let you operate a smartphone mid-ride, should you so desire. If you enjoy riding gloveless but would like a little more protection or moisture wicking these are a great option. Follow Giro on social media: Instagram: @girocycling Twitter: @girocyclingUK
  8. Hello Hubbers, I've been looking through the forums and can't seem to find a definitive answer to the problems I face. Sooo... Firstly Shoes... I have a budget of 2k for my shoes. I would really like something that has the boa system because i think its frikken awesome but please let me know if its any good. So basically what is a good shoe in the 2k range? Should I get something like a first ascent torque 2 or an flr f55 or something shimano... or should I save up and get the Specialized Expert? Have also seen the Fizik m5 boa, those are also cool, but again is it the best in this price range. I am leaning toward the Giro Cylinder because it has get boa system and it looks pretty awesome, but are the shoes good? So basically I'm just trying to find out whats a good brand to go with for quality and value for the money that I end up spending. Also, where are the good shops in Johannesburg that I can shop at for good deals? Secondly pedals, I want to ride trail as well as start doing some good distance on the road... I want to go clipless and I have found pedals for sale on the hub that I will get... I just want to know which is better between the Shimano m520 and the m530... Is the extra cage on the 530 better? Thank you, any advice will be greatly appreciated. Apologies for the essay
  9. Here it is, road cycling fans... the logo for the 100th edition of the most beautiful Grand Tour: http://cdn.media.cyclingnews.com/2016/10/03/1/01_logo_giro_2017_amore_infinito_colori_positivo_670.jpg Let's start previews, updates, headlines & all cool comments here!
  10. As mentioned in Part 1, I decided to split the shootout in two parts. The first had a focus on the more all mountain helmets that feature more coverage at the expense of some extra weight. Part 2 here is all about the lighter trail lids. While they may not feature quite as much protection as the AM variety, the trail oriented helmets are lighter weight and will usually be better on a long day's ride or even stage events. The candidates Fox Flux The Flux hasn't seen many changes over the years. It has been a stable choice for riders that are looking for a reasonably priced helmet that offers more than your typical XC coverage. It's relatively light weight also makes it a choice for some XC riders too, along with its huge vents that provide ample ventilation. Manufacturer's specs Deep rear EPS profile for additional coverage 20 large vents for maximum airflow and temperature control Detox™ retention system to dial in the perfect fit Removable visor Weight: 360g (claimed) Price: RRP R999 Giro Xar The Xar is Giro's top of the line trail helmet. It was first conceived to offer the all mountain scene a Giro option with more rear and side coverage. That torch has been taken up by the new Giro Feature (though at a lower price point) and the Xar now sits firmly in the trail side of things. It is light enough to be used by XC and marathon racers and gives enough coverage to use on any trails that don't require a full face. Manufacturer's specs P.O.V.™ adjustable visor w/ 15° vertical adjustment In-mold - EPS liner, polycarbonate shell Roc Loc® 5 Fit System 17 Wind Tunnel™ vents, internal channeling Weight: 340g (claimed) Price: RRP R2490 Bontrager Lithos Perhaps not the first name that comes to mind when searching for your next helmet, but Bontrager has steadily being producing helmets for a variety of cycling applications. The Lithos is their entry into the trail/all mountain segment. As with all the helmets featured in the shootout, it has further coverage in the back and sides and keeps the weight down so you can comfortably ride all day with it. Manufacturer's specs In-mold composite skeleton Micro-Manager - Fully-adjustable fit system AgION fit pads - Moisture-wicking antimicrobial pads LockDown strap dividers Internal, recessed channels manage airflow for 19 vents Removable visor with 10° of adjustability Weight: 310g (claimed) Price: RRP R1599 AestheticsIn contrast to Part 1 of this shootout, these three helmet are not as district in their design as the first three. They certainly have a more traditional look to them, possibly making them more accessible to the majority of riders. While it has been around for a number of years, I still think that the Fox Flux just beats the Giro to the aesthetic win. It's the big purposeful vents and more distinguished rear and side coverage that makes it look more built for performance. Now, if it just weren't for that rear spoiler at the top of the Flux; it'd be great if it was a removable feature, because it's a bit garish. Unfortunately with the Giro, we narrowly missed out on getting the much better looking blue colour, and instead got the matte black with green and white decals. It detracts a bit from the shape of the helmet, making it look less solid than it is. I would suggest looking at the solid blue option if you feel the same. There is a fairly clear runner-up in the aesthetics here. The Bontrager Lithos is not a looker. The clear coat exposing the foam beneath looks a bit unfinished, like they didn't add the shell to the outside. It is by far the most understated too, which isn't a bad thing. But the squarish shape isn't the most appealing. The Lithos tends to sit fairly high on the head too, where the Giro has more of an XC fit and the Fox makes strides to be more all mountain. I prefer more aggressive designs, and because of that the Flux takes the win. ComfortIt was here that the three helmets were most closely matched as all three offered all day riding comfort. The Bontrager grabbed some points here for the most comfort. The padding was the most supportive and had the least hard spots on the head. It was a bit heavier than the others, but the padding more than made up for it. It also sat very comfortably, even if the aesthetics of it weren't that great.I found the Flux to be a bit of a mission with the straps. It's great that they are not fixed at the back so the clamp can be centred, but you had to make sure the strap was flat before you put the helmet on. If you didn't then it felt like there was something stuck at the top, which quickly got irritating. The Xar was a bit more comfortable than the Flux, with the Fox exposing more hard spots on the head. The Xar did have pretty thin padding, though, which wasn't ideal None of the helmets offered any padding for the retainer systems at back, but the Lithos does have a softer plastic that actually helps quite a bit. The retailer on the Flux was particularly hard, not offering the comfort you would like. FeaturesThere's nothing fancy about these three helmets like GoPro mounts or magnetic do-hickies. They all feature removable padding and retainers system at the back. Stuff you would expect. Only the Bontrager and Giro have adjustable visors, with the Fox only having a removable one.Let's take a look at those visors. While the Flux may not have the adjustability of the others, it doesn't detract too much from the ride. It was never in the way, and worked well shading the sun. The Xar's visor was adjustable, but wasn't as accurate as the Lithos. Bontrager was smart with this, and instead of making the visor have freedom to move up and down, it uses a guided fixed position system with 4 options. This means that it will stay in places better than most other designs, and that you can feel it moving up to where you want it from the clicks. There are two different types of retainer systems used in these lids, a ratchet style and a twist style. The Giro's is the most accurate and offers the most adjustment, but the knob is quite small and the twist is pretty hard. Tightening it with gloves on could be fiddly at times. The Bontrager Lithos' system was much larger, but not quite as accurate. I found that it never quite got tight enough so the helmet was totally secure and wouldn't move on my head. Unfortunately for the Flux, these twist-type systems completely outshone the ratchet system it uses. It was difficult to get the ratchet to evenly use space from both sides, as it usually would take up all the slack from one side, then from the other. It made for a fairly uneven adjustment at the back. In the endThis matchup was far more closely contested than Part 1. The Flux, Xar and Lithos are all very good helmets and each holds its own. Styling wise, it was a close call between the Xar and the Flux, with the Flux just beating the Xar to it, though other testers thought otherwise. In the comfort department the Lithos took the cake. It's padding sits a lot better on the head with minimal hard spots to be felt. There wasn't any one feature that stood-out against the rest for these helmets, but the Giro's retainer system worked the best, even if it was a bit fiddly to use.All in all, it's quite difficult to make a solid decision on a winner. All of these helmets suit their purpose quite well and it really comes down to personal preference to make a decision. That the Fox Flux is less than half the cost of the Giro Xar and a whole lot less than the Bontrager too, makes for a very tempting proposal. The retaining system and straps may change your mind though. If comfort is your main priority then the Lithos is your choice. While, if you're looking for a more XC oriented lid and price isn't a factor, the Xar should be high on your list. Take a look at Part 1 - Bell Super, POC Trabec Race, 661 EVO AM
  11. When I go into most bike shops it's seldom I will see a helmet that is not suited to the road or XC purposes. There's countless options of them out there. It's not often you see something with some rear and side support – more focused on the trail and all mountain side of things. I set out to see what I could find that is readily available in South Africa. This is Part 2 of our helmet shootout, focussing on trail lids. Click here to view the article
  12. ...away and as it appears neither 'Berto, Froome or Quintana are competing I am going to say this will be the year for Valverde to shine. Astana's wonder boy last year in Mikel Landa has been conspicuous by his absence from the leader board since joining Sky and in my opinion Nibali is pretty much washed up, Aru says he is planning on the TDF and Uran is so hit and miss these days I cant really consider him, so who else....Majka maybe, Pozzovivo, Hesjedal.......I dunno, he field isnt looking great so far.
  13. We still have a month left of Spring Classic, but in 5 weeks time the Giro starts in Apeldoorn (Netherlands). As a prelude to the annual Bikehub Fantasy Tour, I will be running a test version of the new scoring format. http://static2.giroditalia.it/wp-content/themes/giro/img/maglie_offseason/maglia_rosa.pnghttp://static2.giroditalia.it/wp-content/themes/giro/img/maglie_offseason/maglia_rossa.pnghttp://static2.giroditalia.it/wp-content/themes/giro/img/maglie_offseason/maglia_blu.pnghttp://static2.giroditalia.it/wp-content/themes/giro/img/maglie_offseason/maglia_bianca.png Some key changes for 2016 12 riders are allowed, but only 9 can score points (the other 3 are substitutes)Substitutions can be made on the rest daysA previously substituted rider can be re-usedPoints scored in the following categories: Daily top 20 on each stageDaily top 10 (Pink, Red and Blue jerseys only - no white)Daily Jersey holdersDaily Most Aggressive (if the Giro identifies this - it might be in another format)Daily In the Break (bonus)Daily Break finishes ahead of peloton (bonus)Final GC for each jersey (Pink, Red, Blue and White)Final Most Aggressive (if the Giro identifies this - it might be in another format)More details to following in the coming weeks... edit: points and draft rules attached (version 2 - 2016/05/04). How to score points (updated 14/04/2016) Draft Rules (version 1 updated 14/04/2016) - REMOVED! Draft Rules (version 2 updated 04/05/2016) 2016 Rules & Scoring - Fantasy Giro v2.zip Team start list (provisional) can be found at the ProcyclingStats website and Cyclingnews.com Google Sheets scoresheet has been loaded to see score breakdown. Deadline for team submissions is 12:00 on Friday, 06 May 2016.
  14. 163 kilometers from Cuneo to Torino were on the menu today, including a twisty circuit in the capital of the Piedmont region. The profile didn’t show any major difficulties and racing only got underway inside the final 60 kilometers. Maarten Tjallingii and Jos van Emden were the first to attack. The LottoNL-Jumbo managed to establish a gap of around one minute to the Maglia Rosa group, which by then was hampered by a series of crashes. Our African team was involved in these as well. Jay Thomson went down, but was able to continue. Unfortunately, Johann van Zyl had less luck. A broken elbow forced him to abandon with the finish line in sight. The peloton was split into pieces and only a small group of riders managed to reel the escapees back in. Jaco Venter (pictured above) was able to stay with them to fly the South African flag on his National champions jersey in the finale. In a hectic sprint he crossed the line just outside the top10, securing another good result for the team at this years Giro d’Italia. The stage win went to Nikias Arndt (Giant-Alpecin), after Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo), who had finished first, was disqualified for irregular sprinting. Siutsou crossed the line behind overall winner Vincenzo Nibali (Astana). After three weeks of hard racing our Belorussian star finished the Italian race in 10th place overall, adding a second top10 GC result to the palmarés of our African team. The team also managed to finish 9th overall in the teams classification of the race. I’m happy with my 10th place overall. Maybe I could’ve done a bit better, but I have to say a big thanks to the team who supported me really well over the last three weeks. We rode together like a family, which was really nice. Hopefully I can keep my form for the next couple of weeks to play a good role in the next races. Kanstantsin Siutsou – Rider It was another great Grand Tour for our team. We had hoped to win a stage, but to finish top10 in the GC of the Giro d’Italia is exceptional and shows that this team is meant to be at this level of racing. It is amazing to get another 10th place overall in the next Grand Tour we went to after last year’s Vuelta a Espana. We wanted to go for the GC with Kanstantsin and had a great race, I guess. He showed that he can be a leader in Grand Tours. We hope that he can progress with us and maybe finish even better in the future. I’m super happy for the team and Kanstantsin. It’s great that he joined our team this year and that he makes such a big impact. Douglas Ryder – Team Principal Going into this Giro d’Italia we wanted to get a top10 GC result, wear a jersey and win a stage. We achieved the top10 with Kanstantsin finishing 10th overall – even being the virtual leader of the race on one mountain stage -, and also wore the KOM jersey for a day with Omar Fraile. We were very close to win a stage on a few occasions, especially with Johann on the 3rd day. Over the last three weeks the riders worked very well together to keep our good positions in the GC and the teams classification. Seen from that point of view it was a good Giro for us. However, it’s a bit a bittersweet ending for us, with Johann crashing out in the last neutralized kilometers of the race. Jens Zemke – Sports Director
  15. Today the riders had a long 244km haul from Muggio to Pinerolo. The only real obstacle of the day came with 20km to go, when riders had to take on the category 2 Pramartino climb. With such a parcours on the cards and two tough stages coming up in the next two days, it was the perfect stage for a breakaway. 24 riders would form the break of the day and as soon as they had 2 minutes on the peloton, that was pretty much the stage set and gone as there were no GC threats in the front group and they gap grew quickly to 12 minutes. Unfortunately, no Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka riders made the break and so our African Team would take advantage of the easier day in the peloton to save energy for the tough upcoming weekend and protect the GC hopes of Kanstantsin Siutsou. The break arrived at the Pramartino with a lead of 13 minutes, Brambilla and Moser clearly had the best legs on the climb as they went clear half way up the 5km ascent. There was a small chase group of 4 riders that formed behind them but after a short 500m cobbled kicker, Trentin manged to get away on his own and was in pursuit of the two leaders with 4km to go. It looked like Brambilla and Moser would decide the stage but in the final moments, Trentin got across with 300m to go and started his sprint immediately. Moser had no response while Brambilla enjoyed watching his team mate take the win. For our African Team, it was all about keeping Siutsou's top 10 GC aspirations alive over the Pramartino. The team did a great job protecting Siutsou all day and then delivering him to a good position for the climb. The peloton was reduced to just 20 of the top GC riders and Siutsou was there accompanied by Igor Anton for support as well. Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) who started the stage in 11th on GC, just 18 seconds behind Siutsou, was dropped on the climb and so Anton contributed to the pace setting to help put time between Siutsou and the 11th position. In the end, Siutsou came home with all the other GC favourites and the gap back to 11th now sits at 2'38". I have never experienced anything like this stage of the Giro d'Italia in a grand tour before. You think on a stage like today you start easy, there goes a big breakaway and that's it. But, everyday has been full gas and today from 150km it was one line in the peloton. Our boys did a fantastic job, like Jay, Jaco and everybody else to keep me protected in the line. I never suffered or had to wait for a bidon or anything. Before the climb they kept me in position and after the climb Igor did a job for me to protect my general classification position. I am a little bit tired but we will just see how the next two days go, after that we can relax. Kanstantsin Siutsou - Rider
  16. The 196km stage from Molveno to Cassano d'Adda looked on paper to be an opportunity for the sprinters, and after yesterday's tough stage that's pretty much how things would play out. 3 riders still tried their luck by jumping into the early breakaway. They were allowed no more than 4 minutes’ advantage by LottoNL-Jumbo, which was a gap small enough for the sprint teams to control later on. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka and Trek Segafredo were the two teams that eventually took responsibility for the chase. As the race reached the final 20 kilometers 3 more riders tried their luck by riding across the now, 1-minute gap to the leaders. Johann van Zyl, Igor Anton, Jay Thomson and Jaco Venter had things under control though and the gap kept on coming down. With 6km to go, Kristian Sbaragli was placed on the wheel of Nizzolo as the race finished with a tight technical run in, through numerous roundabouts. The 6 leaders made things quite difficult though for the peloton and only gave in with 1.5km to go. Fillipo Pozzato (Willier-Southeast) then attacked with 1km to go and got a small gap which Kluge bridged across to with 500m to go, and then countered straight away. The German pulled clear and there was not enough organisation from any one particular sprint train to stop the IAM cycling rider from taking the win. He sat up with 25m to go to enjoy his victory. Sbaragli was looking for his way through in the final 500m but with no real gaps and not enough pace at the front. It was difficult to get through and when the sprint opened up for him, you could see the past week with bronchitis had taken its toll on our Italian fast man. He crossed the line in 12th position. Kanstantsin Siutsou, our GC contender finished in the peloton to keep 10th place overall. We tried to arrive for the sprint but the final was a bit chaotic. All I can I say as I don't really have the condition after being a bit sick. I could not find my legs and wasn't able to sprint today. Now it is just about making it to the end of the Giro. Kristian Sbaragli - Rider
  17. With the start taking place in Bressanone, it was only a 132km stage but probably one of the fastest and most action packed stages of this year's Giro. Attacks flew from the peloton as soon as the race saw the flag drop at kilometre zero. Nothing got away until we reached the first of 2 big climbs, the Mendelpass, which began after 50km. The pace was so high though that the race reached the base of the climb in less than an hour. Our Igor Anton actually started the climb with a small gap but the likes of Valverde and Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) decided to throw even more fuel onto the fiery start and attacked from the base. All the GC contenders then got in on the action, putting the pink jersey, Kruisjwijk, under pressure. He was equal to the challengers though and responded to all the moves, and later counter attacked near the top of the climb to form a group of 10 leaders. Our African Team were on high alert as we tried to protect Kanstantsin Siutsou in order to conserve his top 10 GC placing overall. There was a rolling descent to the start of the final big climb of the day, Fai Della Paganella, which peaked with just 9.5km to go. On the climb the first to make a move was in fact the race leader, Kruisjwijk. He blew the break to pieces and in the end it was only Zakarin and Valverde that could respond. Further down the road there were two other distinct chase groups, all only separated by a matter of 2 minutes. In group 1 there were the likes of Esteban Chaves (Orica-Greenedge) and Nibali. Siutsou was in the 2nd group along with Andrey Amador (Movistar) and Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) among others. It would pretty much remain status quo from here on in. Valverde took a good win and Siutsou came home with his group, 3'20" down but 18th on the day and now 10th on the overall GC. That wasn't so easy today. It was a deceptive start as we thought it was a lot flatter than it really was, we were doing 60km/h for the first 45 minutes and then we already hit the bottom of the first climb. Then it was just game on. I think it was Movistar who started the troubles. To be honest I don't really know what went on after that, I was just looking for wheels trying to make sure I just got the finish. It was not an easy day and as you can see, only 43 guys made it to the finish under 17 minutes behind the front guys, the rest being in the grupetto's. It's really great to see Kanstantsin kept his top 10 on GC. I tried to help him as much as I could before the bottom of the first climb but after that he was all by himself and man alone, so it was also a hard day for him today. I'm really happy for him though, I hope he can keep on improving and you never know what lies ahead. On the weekend there are 2 super hard days coming so we look forward to then and see what he can do there. Jay Thomson - Rider
  18. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka went into today's stage with the primary objective being for Kanstantsin Siutsou to keep his general classification hopes alive. For the rest of our African Team, the time trial discipline is not particularly their forte and so the team aimed to get around the technical 40.5km course in Chianti without expending too much energy. The early starters all enjoyed some good weather conditions and Jay Thomson (pictured above), our South African strongman, was even able to hit 90km/h on some of the descents after being one of the first riders off. Just as Thomson reached the finish though, the rain started to fall out on course and this would make things particularly difficult for the main contenders who started later in the day. Siutsou was one of the riders who had to bear the brunt of the worst weather and reaching speeds of 90km/h was no longer an option for the GC contenders on the wet roads. Roglic was one of the fortunate riders to do most of his time trial on dry roads and so his mark of 51'45" would not be beaten. Siutsou, like many others, had a tough time on the wet roads and finished 4'35" down on Roglic. Igor Anton was our African Team's best placed rider on the day, as he finished 4'07" down. After today's time trial, Siutsou retained his 17th position on the overall classification as we head into the 2nd rest day of this year’s Giro d’Italia. Today's individual time trial was actually a really nice course but when the GC boys had to do their stuff it was kind of monsoon type weather. For myself it was just a day to get through but for Kanstantsin and Igor the weather didn't play so nice for them. At least they stayed upright and everybody made it through to the rest day. So now we can rest and recharge the batteries for what is to come because the next 12 stages are pretty tough on the GC side of things. We need to recover and reset, and look forward to going with Kristian for the next 3 days, aiming for a stage victory and then all attention on the mountains for Kanstantsin. Jay Thomson - Rider
  19. The 186km stage from Foligno to Arezzo didn't start off in the best way for our African Team as our GC hope, Kanstantsin Siutsou crashed inside the first 6km of the stage. Thankfully Siutsou was able to pick himself up and got back to the peloton with the help of his teammates. After 15km's of racing, riders started a technical descent while the rain came down. It was here that the break of the day went clear and Venter made the selection with 12 other riders. The big lead group were able to ride ahead into a 5-minute lead as Giant-Alpecin tried to control the gap. The main feature of the stage was the 6km dirt road climb that topped out with just 19km to go. The break reached the climb with a 3-minute lead and Brambilla rode away from the rest of the break right from the begining of the climb. Venter rode an intelligent race and kept a constantly hard tempo going on the dirt. Behind, the main group also sprung to life as they reached the climb and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) was the one to attack and split the race to pieces. Siutsou did his best to follow the favourites but found himself in the 2nd group for the majority of the climb. Up ahead, Brambilla was out of sight and out of mind while Venter went over the top of the climb with 3 of the other early breakaway riders, the rest were all caught and passed by the Valverde group of favourites. At the finish, Brambilla took a nice win and also pulled on the pink leader’s jersey for his efforts. Venter was able to hold off the Valverde group on the descent to the finish and crossed the line in a terrific 4th place. Siutsou came home with the 2nd main group and dropped to 17th on the general classification but the top 10 is still only 30 seconds away. I am super happy about today, it was a hard start. There was storm at the start and I wasn't planning on going in the break, I was just riding in front to stay safe. I saw some groups going on the downhill and I just followed the wheels and then I was in the group. It was hard because there was a group that contained Nibali just behind us so we had to push for the first hour. We got a gap and worked well, some guys were taking some chances but we rode well. I knew the climb as we rode it in recon a few weeks ago but I wasn't expecting to stay away. I wasn't feeling too good at the start of the climb but as it went on I felt better. Over the top I was in 5th or 6th, with a small group. On the descent I did some crazy Moto GP riding and was able to race for 3rd place from a group, and I ended 2nd from that group and 4th on the stage which I am really happy about. Jaco Venter - Rider
  20. For Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka the stage was all about supporting Kristian Sbaragli during today's 211km stage. 6 riders went up the road, forming the break of the day. They were not allowed much leeway at all and the sprinters teams were not going to let an opportunity pass them by with not all that many sprint stages remaining. The only point of concern for the pure sprinters was the category 4 climb that would summit with 40km to go. It was here that our African Team tried to play one of its cards by putting the team on the front in order to put some of the big name sprinters into difficulty, with Sbaragli not having a problem to get over such climbs. The plan almost worked as Kittel was distanced but with there being a tailwind on the climb, the difference was not all that significant and the race came back together. The riders up front in the break were also, as expected, reeled in by the charging peloton and a sprint finale would decide the stage. Sbaragli went into the last kilometer in a pretty good position, being 7th wheel. As the road veered to the right, Greipel pulled away to take a strong win. Sbaragli who was 6th with 50m to go, didn't have much space in front of him to move up while the riders who flanked him were able to just nudge ahead. Our Italian ended the stage in 11th place, while you could throw a blanket over position 4 thru 16. Kanstantsin Siutsou was able to gain a place on the general classification and moved up to 9th overall, when he placed himself on the right side of a small split that happened in the final kilometer. It was quite a long stage and we tried to make the final climb as hard as we could. It was bit too easy, the climb. Everybody was able to come back before the finish. I had quite a good position but it's possible that I was a little too far back in the final corner and the finish was right after the corner. I wasn't able to sprint for a top result, so I am a bit disappointed but we look forward to the next stages. Kristian Sbaragli - Rider
  21. Today was the first real mountain stage of the Giro d'Italia as riders took on 157km from Ponte to Roccaraso. There were 2 category 2 climbs to be dealt with today with the finish being at the top of the final category 2 climb. Initially there was 3 riders who formed the break of the day but 1 rider would get dropped on the first cat 2 climb and then after a tricky descent, 3 riders from the peloton took their chance to jump across the 2-minute gap to make it 5 riders in the lead, with 70km to go. Wellens, Pim Ligthart (Lotto-Soudal) and Laurent Didier (Trek-Segafredo) were the 3 opportunists who joined Eugbert Zhupa (Willier-Southeast) and Alessandro Bisolti (Nippo-Vini Fantini) at the front. The peloton allowed the gap to balloon to over 8 minutes before Giant-Alpecin and Orica-Greenedge started to ride on the front. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka were protecting Merhawi Kudus and Siutsou for the final climb, which began with around 18km to go. With 13km to go, Wellens attacked and dropped his breakaway counterparts. With the peloton over 4'30" behind, the stage looked to be in the bag for Wellens for quite some time. A little further down the road the action began in the main group when Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) attacked with 7km to go and Siutsou followed shortly after. Siutsou had to close a gap of around 30 seconds to Fuglsang but when he did, the duo went off in pursuit of the lead riders. Siutsou and Fuglsang caught and passed all the riders up the road except for Wellens who went on to take a nice win. A few late attacks saw the main group thin out drastically and Zakarin and Dumoulin were able to come across to Siutsou and Fuglsang with 1km to go. The quartet crossed the line together with Siutsou taking a fine 5th place for our African Team, he also moved up to 10th on the overall GC. Igor Anton also did a really good ride after playing a support role to our Belorussian throughout the day, and he finished 16th to end off a good day for our African Team. It was a unique situation because normally Astana would start the final climb fast. When you see their 2nd rider attack, Fuglsang, and they normally ride for Nibali, you need to understand the situation. It was one I have seen many times before and nobody was following him because it was a reduced group. I wanted to follow him immediately but I didn't have space to move out of the group. So he had 30 seconds but I attacked and tried to control my pace when going across to him. When I reached him he tried to put me under pressure by going really hard but I just remained calm. The climb was very up and down and the flat piece was really windy but I was always focused and staying calm and patient, knowing the group behind are going to react soon because we had 45 seconds. Then we just went as hard as we could and waited to see who would arrive. Zakarin and Dumoulin came with 1km to go. I wasn't really feeling great in the last kilometers but then in the final when I had to close a small gap I could feel there was still something left in the legs. This was really good for the head, it showed me it is possible to stay in the front the next days, I just need to try. Kanstantsin Siutsou - Rider
  22. The 200km stage from Catanzaro to Praia a Mare turned out to be a lot harder than what it looked on paper. 4 riders went clear in the opening kilometers of the race but Nippo Vini-Fantini weren't all that happy on missing the move and so they would chase at the head of the peloton for the next 70km, bringing the gap down from 2'40" to just 50". They then had a rider try to jump across the gap but their tactic proved to be fruitless. The fast start meant riders would reach the final undulating 70 kilometers of the stage with anything but fresh legs. There were 2 category 3 climbs as well 3 unclassified climbs to contend with before the finish line was reached and this was the setting for an attacking finale. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka were riding in support of Kristian Sbaragli today, in the hope that our Italian would be able to make it over the climbs in order to sprint from a small group. The 4 early leaders were caught on the final cat 3 climb and with 50km to go. Numerous attacks then followed by riders from the peloton and eventually 2 AG2R La Mondiale riders went clear. A large group of 17 riders rode across to them while the peloton chased at around 30" in arrears. Sbaragli was part of the peloton and he still had Kanstantsin Siutsou, Igor Anton and Merhawi Kudus for support. The breakaway riders began to attack one another as Movistar took up the chase in the peloton. Eventually 7 riders went clear while the rest from the break were absorbed back into the peloton. With 10km to go, the race hit a sharp 1.5km climb and this is where Ulissi took his chance and attacked the 6 other riders he was with. The Italian got a small gap and started the final 8km descent to the line with a 30" lead over the chasing pack, which was now comprised of 25 riders. Our African Team only had Siutsou in the select group with Sbaragli, Kudus and Anton chasing in the 2nd group. Ulissi was able to do enough to hold on for the victory by 5 seconds. Siutsou crossed the line as our best placed rider in 15th as a disappointed Sbaragli came in just 30 seconds later. By finishing 2nd, Dumoulin took over the race leaders pink jersey. Our main objective was to have Kristian there for the sprint. We missed that when at 8km to go there was a small gap of maybe 30 meters between him and the front group. Igor tried to fight back with Kristian on his wheel but finally they were just a few meters behind and Ulissi won the stage. Kanstantsin was our best placed rider in 15th from a front group of 25 and in the next group was Kristian and Igor. We hoped for more than this especially with Kristian but the boys rode well. It was a really tough day with a really difficult final, always up and down and the racing was an open fire. Jens Zemke - Sport Director
  23. Today's 190km stage had a number of similarities to yesterday's stage, with an early escape also going clear almost from the gun. 4 riders got the jump and there were 2 familiar faces in Maarten Tjallingii (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Giacomo Berlato (Nippo-Vini Fantini), both riders were part of the break yesterday as well. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka also had representation in the move once again and today it was in the form of our South African, Johann van Zyl. Julen Amezqueta (Willier-Southeast) was the final rider making up the escape quartet. Like yesterday, the stage was almost totally flat with just one categorised climb coming midway through the stage. As Tjallingii picked up 2 points behind our King of the Mountains victor, Omar Fraile, yesterday, the Dutchman was set to take over the Blue Jersey as long he wasn't 4th across the summit of today's climb. Tjallingii made no mistakes and took maximum points on offer and also the jersey. Attention was now focused on the stage result and everybody was once again expecting a sprint finish. With 20km to go, the 4 leaders had 2'13" on the peloton and there was a slight sense of belief that the quartet could make it to the line. A crash in the peloton did not help the cause of main bunch in their efforts to chase down the leaders and Van Zyl still had something left in the tank to give. Our South African attacked his 3 breakaway counterparts with 12km to go and with the peloton just 45" behind. He was able to open the gap back up to 1 minute just briefly before Etixx-Quickstep and the other sprinters teams really started to ramp up the pace in the peloton. Van Zyl had 34" with 5km to go and although @VanSnail is his social media handle and team nickname, he was certainly travelling a lot faster than a Snail's pace. Unfortunately, after a brave and courageous effort, Van Zyl was caught with 1.8km to go and the sprinters would have their day. Our African Team had birthday boy, Kristian Sbaragli, in the thick of the action once again. As Kittel sprinted to the stage victory and also into the overall pink leader’s jersey, our Italian had another solid ride to cross the line in 6th place for our African Team. It was a long day. For the first half of the race it was more or less a headwind so we had to time our effort smartly. After the feedzone we started riding harder and harder. With a tailwind and 6-minute lead we knew we could get quite far if we rode smart but the guys were saving energy for the mountain sprint so they weren't really committing. Once we got onto the local laps we rode as hard as we could and I attacked them with about 12km to go. I don't know if the guys just didn't want to commit anymore or if they were just tired but I knew I had to go now. I went as hard as I could and I ended up being 1 or 2 kilometers short, next time. Johann van Zyl - Rider We had the perfect game plan today. Johann was committed, he put his hand up this morning in the meeting and said he wanted to give it a shot. He knew it was going to be super difficult with Kittel chasing the seconds, they weren't going to give up the stage for free, but he wanted to try. His solo attack was really nice to see, there was absolutely a chance that he was going to make it but the race was just 1 kilometer too long for us today. The really good thing is the guys are just so committed and they are really trying, you can't expect more than that and you could also see Johann's talent. He is still young, it is just the 2nd stage of the Giro d'Italia and he doesn't save anything, he was just flat out and that is really nice to see. Rolf Aldag - Head of Performance
  24. Racing got underway with our Basque rider, Fraile, jumping into the early break of the day together with Martin Tjallingii (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Giacomo Berlato (Nippo Vini Fantini) from kilometer zero. The 3 riders combined well to build up a maximum lead of 10 minutes over the peloton as the stage made its way from Arnhem to Nijmegen, covering a total of 190km. Giant-Alpecin were the team controlling the pace from the main bunch for their race leader, Tom Dumoulin. It was a predominantly flat stage but there was a single King of the Mountains prime which came after 155km of racing. It would be an important sprint as the first rider over the 'Berg en Dal' climb would be awarded the first King of the Mountains jersey of this year’s Giro d'Italia. Fraile and his two breakaway mates arrived at the foot of the climb with a lead of 2'40" over the peloton and so it was obvious the winner would come from one of the three. The trio went side by side until about 500m to go where the sprint then opened up, Fraile had little trouble in crossing the line first with a superior sprint, to take the first Mountain points of this year’s race. It would mark yet another incredible day in the history of our African Team, being the first jersey we have worn in our first appearance at the Italian grand tour. With the jersey secured, Fraile and Tjallingii returned to the peloton with 20km to go and Berlato was reeled in with 10km to go to set up a sprint finale. Our African Team had Kristian Sbaragli right in the mix for the finish, dueling with big name bunch sprinters. FDJ led out the sprint but it was Kittel who easily took the win ahead of Arnaud Demare (FDJ) who placed 2nd. Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida) took 3rd place and our Italian sprinter, Sbaragli, also did a solid sprint to take 8th on the stage, ending off an incredible day for Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka. It was an objective of the team to get the jersey today. With it being the first day it was possible to be on the podium by going for the jersey and because it is our first Giro, the first time for an African Team here, we really wanted to be on the podium. For me it was a good opportunity to be in the break and in the mountain I was able to do a good sprint to get the jersey. I am really happy to have this jersey now after a really nice day. I really enjoyed the stage, the crowds were great. Omar Fraile - Rider It is absolutely fantastic to have taken the jersey. It is our goal to be visible and aggressive and to do as much as we can in the race so for Omar to go out there and do it as was planned this morning, it is just incredible. To talk about something and then to go and do it is exceptional. To have a guy who has just come off winning the King of the Mountains at the Vuelta a Espana, come to the Giro d'Italia and to wear the leaders’ jersey in the King of the Mountains again, it just shows what kind of rider he is and also how committed we are to show our team and put Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka on the world stage. Douglas Ryder - Team Principal
  25. In our debut Giro d'Italia, Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka was motivated to race in front of the huge Apeldoorn crowd despite our African Team not having a specialist against the clock. With the start taking place inside the magnificent Apeldoorn Velodrome, it was a great spectacle to be a part of. Jaco Venter (pictured above) set a good early time over the 9.8km course for our African Team by coming across the finish-line in a time of 11'49", which would be an average speed of 50km/h. Roglic looked pretty comfortable in the hot seat, that was until Dumoulin started his effort. After passing the intermediate time check 2 seconds faster than anyone else, Dumoulin went on to set the fastest time, beating the mark set by Roglic by just a few hundredths of a second. For our African Team, Kanstantsin Siutsou was our last rider to come home and he would also be our best placed finisher on the stage as well. Siutsou set a time of 11'43", just 40 seconds slower than Dumoulin's winning effort. All the other riders on our squad had no issues out on the course and we now look forward to tomorrow’s first road stage of the Giro d'Italia. Today was a short and fast race, as all prologue time trials are. I was really excited to get the Giro d'Italia started. I didn't make any big mistakes and the course wasn't that technical. I'm not too sure yet of my time but I know I can be happy with my result as I did my best. I am happy with how the day went. Merhawi Kudus - Rider The most important thing of today is we got everybody home safe. It was a super nice experience to see Holland in pink. There were a lot of fans on the side of the road cheering the riders on. There are another 20 days to go for us, we started to get into our routine today and now we have two more days in Holland before we make our transfer down to Italy. Rolf Aldag - Head of Performance
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