The 2019 Amstel Gold Race will be remembered because of one man and one man alone, Mathieu Van der Poel (Corendon Circus). The Dutch national champion stunned all with his emphatic victory. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka started the day in a unique position, having the top 3 riders from last year’s edition of the race all lining up in our Dimension Data colours. Unfortunately there was no fairy tale to be told of our race today as when the race defining splits occurred in the final 40km, it was only Roman Kreuizger left with a fighting chance in the 3rd group on the road.Read More →

Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka will take the start of the UCI World Tour Amstel Gold Race with the complete 2018 podium as part of our lineup, on Sunday. The Amstel Gold Race will be the first of the three big Ardennes Classics. At 265km in length, it is one of the longest races on the World Tour calendar and with over 35 climbs, also one of the hardest. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka will be in a unique position come Sunday, having the complete podium from last year’s edition of the race, as part of our lineup. While Michael Valgren was the victor lastRead More →

Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck-Quickstep) sprinted to the stage 3 Tour of Turkey victory. Race leader Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) bagged 2nd while Mark Cavendish took a good 3rd place for us. Stage 3 of the Tour of Tukey was a “short and sweet” 122km with a rapid big bunch sprint finish. Our Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka were backing Cavendish for the finale, and did a great job to set up the sprint. Jaco Venter did a lion share of the early pacing work before leading our sprint train into the final 8km. Our young team of Scott Davies, Ben O’Connor, Stefan de Bod and Ryan GibbonsRead More →

Mathieu Van der Poel (Corendon Circus) won the Brabantse Pijl ahead of Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quickstep) and Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal). For Team Dimension Data, today’s race was somewhat of a test for Enrico Gasparotto and Roman Kreuziger as to where there form might be heading into the weekend’s Amstel Gold Race. The race was fierce with numerous attacks over the sharp climbing parcours. Our Ardennes specialist duo showed they were up to the task, always present near the front of the main group. In the final, it was the big names of Van der Poel, Alaphilippe, Wellens and Michael Matthews (Sunweb) that managed to clip offRead More →

Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) made it two out of two, by winning today’s stage 2 of the Tour of Turkey. Felix Grossschartner (Bora-Hangrohe) was 2nd and Jhonatan Restrepo (Manzana Postobon) 3rd. A tough and technical finale made stage 2 of the Tour of Turkey an exciting affair. The short steep ramps in the final 3km meant the GC riders were in with a shot, but the short nature of the climb kept some of the sprinters interested. Team Dimension Data looked to play two cards, Ryan Gibbons for a sprint and Ben O’Connor if the GC riders made a move. The team did a solid jobRead More →

Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) won the opening stage of the Tour of Turkey. The Irishman sprinted to the win ahead of Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck-Quickstep) and Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal). Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka showed some positive signs on the first sprint stage of the Tour of Turkey. The build up to the sprint saw Ben O’Connor, Scott Davies and neo-pro, Stefan de Bod, doing some good turns at the front of our leadout for Mark Cavendish. Unfortunately, the rustiness of not having performed a leadout for some time showed in the final 2km, as Ryan Gibbons, Mark Renshaw and Cavendish lost each other in the fightRead More →

The UCI 1.HC Brabantse Pijl will once again be the transitional race from the spring cobbled classics to the hillier Ardennes classics. The 196km semi-classic takes place on Wednesday over 196km. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka hopes to put a disappointing cobbled classics campaign in the past with a positive start to the Ardennes classic campaign, starting with Brabantse Pijl. Our South African team will be relying on Roman Kreuziger and Enrico Gasparotto to change our fortunes on Wednesday, as the experienced duo head into the period of the season they are most suited for. He said what“Brabants comes a few days before Amstel GoldRead More →

Maximilian Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) won stage 4 of Itzulia Basque Country, his 3rd stage win of the race. Tadej Pogacar (UAE-Emirates) was 2nd and Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) placed 3rd. For Team Dimension Data, the stage was about protecting the interests of Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier, as he sat 15th on GC at the start of the stage. The climbing heavy stage was made more difficult by consistent downpour. Ghebreigzabhier rode well, making the front group after the main category 1 climb that peaked at around 40km to go. Unfortunately our Eritrean was dislodged on the final cat3 climb, just 3km before the line, and lost a few secondsRead More →

Maximilian Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) sprinted to the stage 3 victory at Itzulia Basque Country. Diego Ulissi (UAE-Emirates) placed 2nd with Enrico Battaglin (Katusha-Alpecin) taking 3rd. It was a busy day for Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka, starting with Ben King jumping into the early break of the day. Unfortunately, less positive news soon followed as Steve Cummings was involved in a crash that saw him abandon the race. Cummings was taken to the local hospital for further examination. “Steve crashed around 25km into today’s stage 3 of Itzulia Basque Country and had to stop the race. After further examinations, scans revealed that Steve has a fractureRead More →

Ryan Gibbons, Mark Renshaw and Rasmus Tiller earn selection for Schelderprijs – refreshing our lineup after a tough outing at the Tour of Flanders. The 202.3km race, starting in Terneuzen and finishing in Schoten, has often seen the fast men prevail, with Fabio Jakobsen the defending champion. But the wind is expected to play a big role on Wednesday that could well be a key factor in deciding the result. He said it: “Really excited to be heading back to Belgium for Scheldeprijs, it felt great to race again in De Panne and hopefully I have better legs than in my first race. “I knowRead More →