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Tour de France #6: Kreuziger digs deep on first Mountain stage

Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-Merida) won stage 6 of the Tour de France, beating his breakaway compatriot, Giulo Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) to the line at the top of La Planche des Belles Filles. Xandro Meurisse (Wanty Gobert) finished in 3rd. Stage 6 of the Tour de France was the first big mountain stage of this year’s race, as it included 7 categorised climbs, with the finish at the summit of La Planche des Belles Filles. A large break of 14 riders went clear early on and they were able to open a sizable gap on the main group. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka were looking to Roman KreuzigerRead More →

Tour de France #5: Boasson Hagen fights back after late mechanical

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) sprinted to the stage 5 victory at the Tour de France. Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) finished in 2nd and Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott) was 3rd. Stage 5 of the Tour de France included some of the first “real” climbs of this year’s race with two category 2 and two category 3 climbs included over the 175km route. From early on in the stage, it was clear that there was a number of teams committed to controlling the race and setting it up for their sprinters, that could climb with some of the best. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka had a really strong card toRead More →

Tour de France #4: Giacomo Nizzolo nabs top 10 result

Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quickstep) sprinted to the victory on stage 4 of the Tour de France. Alexander Kristoff (UAE-Emirates) came home 2nd and Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) took 3rd place. Stage 4 of the Tour de France was raced over 213km, from Reimes to Nancy. While it was by no means a pan flat stage, it was certainly a clear opportunity for the sprinters today. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka were once again going all in for our Italian, Giacomo Nizzolo. With big open roads in the final, a strong leadout was important to keep your sprinter in a good position. We had Lars Bak, Reinardt JanseRead More →

Tour de France #3: Main group finish for Boasson Hagen & Kreuziger

Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quickstep) raced to the stage 3 victory at the Tour de France, taking the yellow jersey too. Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) was 2nd and Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) 3rd. Today’s stage 3 of the Tour de France took in 215km of France’s best champagne vineyard countryside. The final 45km of the stage was where all the action was predicted for, as 5 short steep climbs was the sting in the tail. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka was looking to Edvald Boasson Hagen for today’s finale, but were at the mercy of how the stage favourites attacked the final climbs. As expected, the pace wasRead More →

Tour de France #2: Team Dimension Data 14th in TTT

Team Jumbo-Visma made it 2 stages out of 2, by winning today’s team time trial at the Tour de France. Team Ineos was 2nd and Deceuninck-Quickstep finished in 3rd place. The stage 2 TTT was run over 27.6km in Brussels and it was a fast course with the top teams averaging around 57km/h for the entire route. The big GC teams were under pressure to not lose major time to any of their key rivals which made for an exciting race at the top of the leader board. Ineos, being the first team off, held the hot seat from early on. Quickstep came close toRead More →

Tour de France #1: Giacomo Nizzolo sprints to 4th

Mike Teunissen (Team Jumbo-Visma) was somewhat of a surprise winner of the opening stage of this year’s Tour de France. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansrohe) was 2nd and Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) 3rd. Brussels played host to the opening stage of the 2019 Tour de France and there was an electric atmosphere around the entire 194km stage. With the famous Muur de Geraardsbergen and Bosberg climbs coming in the opening part of the stage, the sprinters made sure to have things their own way come the finish. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka were backing our in-form Italian sprinter, Giacomo Nizzolo, for the tough finale. Reinardt Janse van RensburgRead More →

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