Søren Kragh Andersen (Team Sunweb) won Paris-Tours ahead of Niki Terpstra (Quick-Step Floors) and Benoit Cosnefroy (AG2R La Mondiale). The 112th edition of the race offered a new improvised route, with the final 60km of racing containing seven new climbs. The new gravel sections, dispersed over 12,7km, certainly added excitement to the day’s proceedings. Bernhard Eisel made the break for Team Dimension Data, along with five other riders. Once they were reeled in, the gravel sectors caused the peloton to fracture and created small groups of riders along the course. Andersen, Terpstra and Cosnefroy lead the race as it entered the final stretch. Andersen crossedRead More →

Alessandro De Marchi (BMC Racing) won the the Giro dell Emilia with a strong solo effort over the closing kilometers. Rigoberto Uran (EF-Education First) finished in 2nd place and Dylan Teuns (BMC Racing) rounded out the race podium. For Team Dimension Data, the Giro dell Emilia was a day where Scott Davies put in a stand-out performance. The young Welshman formed part of the race’s early breakaway, joining 7 other riders in a move that gained just over 10-minutes on the peloton at one point. Davies rode well in the break and looked one of the strongest, which was proven after he suffered a nastyRead More →

Max Walscheid (Team Sunweb) sprinted to victory at the Munsterland Giro, ahead of John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) and Nils Politt (Katusha-Alpecin). The 2018 Munsterland Giro was an exciting race with crosswinds ripping the race apart with over 100km remaining in the 210km German semi-classic. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka were caught a the wrong end of the splits though, and were left chasing from the second group on the road when 40 riders broke clear. The narrow twisty and technical roads, coupled with the prevailing winds made it a tough chase as the gap continually hovered around the 30″ mark. Scott Thwaites, Reinardt Janse van RensburgRead More →

Davide Ballerini (Androni Giocatolli) took his second win in as many days as he won the 195km Trofeo Matteotti starting and finishing in Pescara. A strong performance from performance from Ben O’Connor saw the young Australian take 10th spot as he finished among the leaders. The 22-year old managed to find himself in all the decisive breaks on the day and picked up valuable World Tour points in the process. Nic Dlamini, who had been in the early break of the day, was our only other finisher in 30th place. Ben O’Connor – Rider The start turned out to be one of the most decisiveRead More →

Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors) marked his return to racing with victory in a weather-affected race that saw Julien Vermote take eighth place. The adverse conditions saw the race reduced from 6 laps to 4 of the circuit and 175km in total. After a series of early moves, Julien Vermote and Reinardt Janse van Rensburg made it into the day’s decisive break with the Belgian, who only recently returned from injury, securing an excellent top-10 position. Julien Vermote – Rider It was quite an epic day, full gas right from the start. It had all the ingredients to have a hard race and then they shortenedRead More →

Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo) won the Tour de Eurometropole, sprinting to the win from a late breakaway group. Jempy Drucker (BMC Racing) finished in 2nd place and Oliver Naesen (AG2R La Mondiale) was 3rd. The tough Tour de Eurometropole was made tougher thanks to the elements, as the rain and wind battered the riders over the 200km course today. 6-riders formed the early break of the day but our African Team was looking to make its move during the final local laps. A big crash in the peloton, just before reaching the finishing circuit, took out a number of riders, including our Jay Thomson. Fortunately ourRead More →

Davide Ballerini (Androni Giocattolli) sprinted to victory at the Memorial Marco Pantani. David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ) finished in 2nd place and Francesco Gavazzi (Androni Giocattolli) placed 3rd. The Memorial Marco Pantani was a race of two halves today, with an early break animating the opening 100km of the race. Nairo Quintana (Movistar) wasn’t waiting around for the peloton to control the gap all the way to the line, and attacked with 98km to go, on the 2nd ascent of the Montevecchio climb. A flurry of counter attacks followed behind the Colombian’s acceleration, resulting in a new lead group of 18 riders forming at the front ofRead More →

The Italian Autumn classics continue today with the Memorial Marco Pantani. Tomorrow the Trofeo Matteotti takes place, and Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka will be represented at both of those one day classics. Starting in Castrocaro Terme, the Memorial Marco Pantani will take riders up the well-known Montevecchio climb 3 times, before heading to Cesenatico for 3 flat laps of a city circuit. The 200km UCI 1.1 race should suit the punchy sprinters once again. The Trofeo Matteotti, a 194km UCI 1.1 classic, takes place solely in Pescara as the route comprises of a 15km circuit that will be completed 15-times. It will be hardRead More →

Juan Jose Lobato (Nippo – Vini Fantani) sprinted to victory to take the Coppa Sabatini, ahead of Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) and Gianni Moscon (Team Sky). It was another hot day in Tuscany as our Team Dimension Data lads took on the Coppa Sabatini. A break of 6 riders animated the early part of the 201km circuit race around Peccioli but as expected, they were caught before the final 12km finishing lap. Our African Team rode well to set up Edvald Boasson Hagen for the final uphill sprint finish, with Jacques Janse van Rensburg, Tom-Jelte Slagter, Ben O’Connor and Nic Dlamini all being very active inRead More →

Gianni Moscon (Team Sky) won the Giro della Toscana, beating Roman Bardet in 2-rider sprint finish. Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida) rounded out the race podium. The 90th edition of the Giro della Toscana was a one of the toughest, as riders had to complete 3 laps up and over the famous Monte Serra mountain. The 9km climb that has an average gradient of close to 7%, would suit the climbers well and put the rest of the peloton in the hurt box. First time up the climb and 5 riders had gone clear of the peloton, by the summit their gap was 6-minutes. It was aRead More →