Stage 2 of the Tour de Suisse was another rainy one. 187km on a lumpy course around Baar were on the riders menu. World Champion Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) managed to deal best with the conditions, taking the win from Maximilano Richeze (Etixx-QuickStep) and Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEdge). Reinardt Janse van Rensburg was Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka’s best placed finisher, coming home in 8th place. The stage got off to a tough start for a lot of the riders with the road going up right from the gun. It didn’t take long until 4 riders established the break of the day. Mathias Krizek (Roth), Marcel Wyss.
The 100th edition of the Rund um Köln saw Dutch Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) taking the win, as he crossed the line ahead of André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) and Nikias Arndt (Giant-Alpecin). Kristian Sbaragli and Mark Renshaw came home in 4th and 5th positions to add another great result to Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka’s palmarès today. After 20km of racing the peloton had reached the hills in the outskirts of Cologne and let a group of 6 riders go. The break established a gap of 4 minutes, which was coming down rapidly, however, as the race headed back to the city with roughly 50 km left.
What an exciting final stage of the Criterium du Dauphiné it has been! Report: http://bit.ly/1XPFGkU.
Stage 7 of the 2016 Critèrium du Dauphiné was another tough one. With six categorized climbs on the menu, Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka wanted to be part of the action to help Daniel Teklehaimanot claim back the Polka Dots jersey as the best climber of the race. In the end our African Team was able to celebrate, as the Eritrean star secured the jersey for the second year in a row. Edvald Boasson Hagen was also able to get onto the podium, taking the overall in the points classification. In addition to that, Steve Cummings delivered the icing on the cake today with his.
Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka will start the UCI 1.1 Rund um Köln later today. The 205km German one day race is being held for the 100th time this year and so our African Team is delighted to be represented at this prestigious event. The Rund um Köln is a typical classic type race which certainly leans more toward the sprinters than the climbers due to the circuit finish in Köln. There is a fair amount of climbing over the first 170km of the race though, so any sprinter hoping to be in contention will have to first get through the through countryside terrain around Köln..
Stage 6 of the Criterium du Dauphine, with Edvald in green and Daniel in the Polka Dots! This is how it went down: http://africasteam.com/2016/06/11/criterium-du-dauphine-6-teklehaimanot-and-pauwels-spend-tough-day-in-break/.