Dylan Groenwegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) won the opening stage of the Tour de Yorkshire from a mass sprint. Caleb Ewan (Orica-Greenedge) placed 2nd and 3rd place went the way of Nikias Arndt (Giant-Alpecin). It was a cold and gloomy start to the Tour de Yorkshire as riders left Beverley with the temperature not that much more than a few degrees above zero. 6 riders got into the early move of the day and Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka, along with Team Sky, took control of the peloton. Bernie Eisel, our African Team’s road captain, martialled the troops well and spent a large amount of time on the.
Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) won the stage 3, 15km individual time trial at the Tour de Romandie. Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) finished in 2nd place and Bob Jungels was 3rd. Nairo Quintana (Movistar) held on to the overall race lead. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka began the day with the hopes of Kanstantsin Siutsou and Cameron Meyer riding to a good result but it wasn’t really to be our African Team’s day. Meyer started well and when he crossed the line, his time was good enough to place him 7th fastest. As the top GC guys came in though, Meyer slipped down to eventually finish 1’21” down.
The 2nd stage of the Tour de Romandie took the riders into some high mountains. Jaco Venter got into the break of the day for our African Team and Merhawi Kudus rode well too, finishing 21st. Stiehl Photography got these shots during the stage..