The 3rd stage of the Paris-Nice was cancelled after riders had completed 93km of the scheduled 165km, due to poor weather and dangerous racing conditions. An early breakaway of 16 riders formed as the race moved in the direction of Mont Brouilly. With the temperature only just above zero, riders were pushing on through a torrential downpour. The conditions only got worse as the race went on, even though the riders were making a race of it by slowly bringing the break back from 4 minutes to 1 minute. As the rain turned to snow, the conditions became unbearable and were no longer safe toRead More →

The opening team time trial stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico went the way of the World Champions, BMC Racing. Etixx-Quickstep were the 2nd fastest team and FDJ finished in 3rd position. The 22km course that started and finished in Lido di Camaiore was really fast and not all that technical with just a handful of corners on route. This meant that some really fast times were posted with very little room for error being accommodated. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka were the 3rd team to start on the day, meaning there were no benchmark times from which to gauge our effort. At the finish, our AfricanRead More →

Michael Matthews (Orica-Greenedge) won the 2nd stage of the Paris-Nice after Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) crossed the line first but was later relegated to 3rd place for dangerous sprinting. Niccolo Bonafazio (Trek-Segafredo) was the rider who was then promoted to 2nd on the stage. The early part of the stage saw the riders start the long 214km haul from Contres to Commentry with temperatures only around 4 degrees Celsius. 4 riders decided to turn up the heat somewhat by attacking within the first 5km of the stage. The peloton let them go without much of a fight and they soon had a 10-minute lead over theRead More →

Arnaud Demare (FDJ) won the first road stage of the Paris-Nice, out-sprinting Ben Swift (Team Sky) and Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) to take the victory on a cold day in Vendome. Michael Matthews (Orica-Greenedge) retained the leader’s yellow jersey. The day started off with snow greeting the riders on the start line in Conde-sur-Vesgre. As soon as the flag dropped for racing to get underway, 4 riders attacked and quickly started to pry open an advantage. Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Fixall), Steven Tronet (Fortuneo), Thierry Hupond (Delko Marseille Provence KTM) and Perrig Quemeneur (Direct Energie) were the aggressors. At one stage the 4 leaders had over 9Read More →

The UCI World Tour is now in full swing as Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka prepare to line-up for the Tirreno-Adriatico. The 7 stage event begins on Wednesday 9 March and the final stage takes place on Tuesday, 15 March. The Tirreno-Adriatico is a race that offers something for all rider types with a team time trial, sprint stages, undulating stages, a mountaintop finish and an individual time trial all squeezed into just 7 days of racing. Stage 1 will be a 22km team time trial and stages 2-4 could be stages where the punchers try to get one over on the sprinters. It willRead More →

The Paris-Nice got underway with a 6.1km prologue earlier today. Michael Matthews (Orica-Greenedge) clocked the best time of the day to take the first yellow jersey of the race. Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) was 2nd and Patrick Bevin (Cannondale) finished 3rd. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka did not have a specialist for today’s violent prologue effort, as our roster is concentrated on the tough climbing stages still to come this week. Our fastest finisher on the day would be Tyler Farrar, the American’s 8’14” was just 35 seconds off Matthew’s winning time. Our remaining 7 African Team riders all finished within a minute and 4 secondsRead More →

So I just got back to my home in Girona after completing the Tour de Langkawi with the team. It was a great race for us with Reinardt winning the overall. Here is my take on the week’s racing… Stage 1 Le Tour de Langkawi, maybe you can also call it Le Tour de Opportunities. With 6 rider teams it’s a difficult race to control and those willing to risk might succeed. I tried, but got caught 5km before the finish. Stage 2 It was a hot day and the humidity is something else in this part of the world. What was really nice isRead More →

Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka Continental took part in the Tour of Good Hope, a 5 stage national level event in Paarl, South Africa, which started on Monday 29 February and ended earlier today. It was the first outing for our continental boys after a very successful u23 South African National Championships last month. After a bunch sprint decided stage 1 where Jayde Julius came home in 3rd place, Stefan de Bod’s good run of form, which recently earned him the u23 South African road and time trial title, continued as he took a commanding victory during the stage 2 37km individual time trial. TeammateRead More →

The next UCI World Tour event is upon us, as Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka are set to start the Paris-Nice on Sunday 6 March. It will be the first time our African Team takes part in the prestigious “Race to the Sun”.   Starting with a 6km prologue on Sunday, riders then have to contend with 7 tough road stages as they head from the North of France to the South, ultimately finishing in Nice on Sunday 13 March. After the flat prologue, the opening 2 stages could be 2 possible opportunities for the sprinters. Stage 1 will see riders deal with 4 short cobbleRead More →

The final stage of the 2016 Tour de Langkawi saw Andrea Guardini (Astana) sprint to his 4th stage win of the race. In the overall classification though, it was Reinardt Janse van Rensburg who rode away as the 2016 Le Tour de Langkawi Champion. This morning it was only a flat 119km stage to Melaka that stood between Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka and defending the overall race victory from last year. Reinardt Janse van Rensburg had an 11 second buffer over Daniel Jaramillo (United Healthcare) at the stage start, which he then extended by 3 seconds after winning the first intermediate sprint of today’sRead More →