A few images from the Cyclassics Hamburg where our African Team delivered Mark Renshaw to a top 10 placing..
Gianni Meersman (Etixx-Quickstep) won the 2nd stage of the Vuelta a Espana, beating Michael Schwarzmann (Bora-Argon) and Magnus Cort Nielsen (Orica-BikeExchange) in a crashed marred sprint finish. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka had Kristian Sbaragli finish in 6th place. Stage 2 of the Vuelta a Espana was marked down as one of the only clear sprint stages of this year’s race and so there was very little chance that the peloton would allow a break to stay clear today. Three riders would still try their luck though but as the peloton only let them reach a maximum lead of 2’30”, a sprint finish was inevitable..
Caleb Ewan (Orica-BikeExchange) won the Cyclassics Hamburg from a field sprint, even though Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) was first across the line. Bouhanni was disqualified for an irregular sprint in the final. John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin) was 2nd and Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) completed the race podium. Mark Renshaw was our man in the mix, securing 7th place at the finish. The 217km German World Tour classic took place on wet roads in Hamburg but six riders weren’t deterred by the moisture. The sextet attacked early on to form the break of the day and they were able to ride to a maximum lead of 6 minutes. With.
In this article Trevor Court and Dr Carol Austin are going to take a closer look at Jacques Janse van Rensburg‘s effort during the Vuelta 2016 opening stage, the Team Time Trial (TTT) from Balneario de Laias to Castrelo de Miño. What were the challenges of the TTT course? This 27.8km course was rolling with a total elevation gain of 278m. The race started out with a 1.35km/4.4% grade climb. The terrain then rolled through to km 14 where the riders descended into a valley. The gradient kicked up again from km 22, and the final 6.4km included a 2km/3.1% grade climb followed by a.