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 →

Andrea Guardini (Astana) won yet another stage of the Tour de Langkawi, sprinting to victory ahead of Jakub Mareczko (Southeast) and Andrea Palini (Skydive Dubai) on today’s 7th stage. Reinardt Janse van Rensburg retained the overall race lead by crossing the line in 5th position. The 7th stage was the longest stage of this year’s Tour de Langkawi at 202km and certainly the toughest for Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka. With Janse van Rensburg only leading the general classification by 11 seconds from Daniel Jaramillo (United Healthcare) and 12 seconds from Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana), our African Team were attacked from the gun this morning.Read More →

The 6th stage of the Tour de Langkawi ended in another bunch sprint which Jakub Mareczko (Southeast) won ahead of Juraj Sagan (Tinkoff) and Dylan Page (Team Roth). Reinardt Janse van Rensburg took over the overall race lead as Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) lost time after a late puncture. While all the drama of today’s Tour de Langkawi stage happened in the final 500m, there was some early action with an initial break of 7 riders going clear in the opening kilometers of the stage and we had Songezo Jim in the move. United Healthcare were on a mission though and after 80km of racingRead More →

The GP Citta di Lugano was characterised by cold temperatures and pouring rain. These conditions worked in the favour of Sonny Colbrelli (Bardiani) as he took the victory ahead of the Lampre-Merida duo of Diego Ulissi and Roberto Ferrari.  With riders standing on the start-line in the pouring rain and temperatures not much more than a few degrees above zero, it was always going to be a really tough race. 2 riders broke away early on, who were then later joined by a third escapee. In the treacherous conditions though, their gap pretty much remained at 30 seconds for most of the day. Lampre-Merida didRead More →

The 5th stage of the Tour de Langkawi ended in another mass sprint and it was a familiar result with Andrea Guardini (Astana) taking the victory yet again, Andrea Palini (Skydive Dubai) was 2nd and Reinardt Janse van Rensburg 3rd. It was a fast start to the 148km stage, with almost 50km covered in the first hour of racing. The high speed was largely thanks to Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka putting pressure on the peloton, as our African Team raced for the bonus seconds at the 2 intermediate sprints that came in the opening 60km. At the first intermediate sprint Janse van Rensburg wonRead More →

The much anticipated 4th stage of the Tour de Langkawi saw the Colombian riders come into their own on the climb up to the Cameron Highlands, as Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) won the stage ahead of Daniel Jaramillo (United Healthcare). Our South African fast man, Reinardt Janse van Rensburg showed his climbing ability by finishing in a fantastic 3rd position. The stage started off with a sprint prime coming early on. Janse van Rensburg took 2nd place behind the yellow jersey wearer of Andrea Guardini (Astana) at the prime and this gave our Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka rider a few bonus seconds for the general classification. 3Read More →