The South African Time Trial Championships took place today in Wartburg. Our Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka riders as well our Continental Team riders were flying, winning 5 out of the 6 medals on offer in the Elite/u23 events. Thanks to Darren Goddard for these great shots..
The 4th stage of the Tour of Qatar saw Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) win a select group sprint ahead of Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) and Jacopo Guarnieri (Katusha). It would be a dramatic finish to the 4th stage of the Tour of Qatar as our race leader Edvald Boasson Hagen punctured with just 8km to go while in a select front split of just 25 odd riders. The split happened with around 14km to go when LottoNL-Jumbo surged to the front of the race after our African Team had done a great job controlling proceedings for the first 170km of the stage with Mekseb Debesay.
The South African National Time Trial Championships took place today with Daryl Impey (Orica-GreenEdge) once again taking the victory. Our Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka boys rounded out the podium with Reinardt Janse van Rensburg in 2nd and Johann van Zyl in 3rd. It would be an early morning start for the elite time trial race with the u23 event following directly afterward. In the elite race we had 4 riders challenging for the title that Impey has made his own over the last number of years. The 48km undulating course would be a tough test against the clock and while Van Zyl.
The 2nd and 3rd stages of the Tour of Qatar were memorable ones for our African Team with Mark Cavendish sprinting to a close 2nd place on stage 2 before Edvald Boasson Hagen went and totally smashed the time trial, winning the stage and taking over the overall leaders gold jersey from Mark! Here are some shots of the action..