Today Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka will race the Sparkassen Munsterland Giro. The UCI 1.HC event takes place in Germany, starting in Gronau and finishing after 214km in Munster.
The one day German event presents an “up and down all day” kind of profile with 7 designated GPM primes. None of these hills climb higher than 180m in altitude and so while it is a tough parcours, a sprint finish is expected nonetheless. The flat local lap in Munster also lends itself well to an early breakaway being caught.
Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka will start with a strong African contingent at the Munsterland Giro with Jay Thomson, Nic Dougall, Johann van Zyl, Songezo Jim, Adrien Niyonshuti and Ryan Gibbons all starting. Bernie Eisel and Matt Brammeier will complete the team. With a sprint finish most likely, our African Team will look to Bernie Eisel, Jay Thomson and Ryan Gibbons to play a role in the finale.
It will be up to the teams of race favourites Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal), John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin) and Marcel Kittel (Etixx-Quickstep) to control proceedings though as the German trio will be keen lead the race into Munster. If the opportunity for an escape does present itself, our Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka riders will be looking to be part of the selection.