The opening stage of the Volta a la Valenciana was a tough lung busting 38km team time trial. It was no surprise when the World Champions of this specialized event, BMC Racing clocked the fastest time to win the stage. In 2nd place was Team Sky and 3rd went to Quickstep-Floors. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka has made it a goal to improve on the team time trial discipline this season, an event we have struggled with somewhat in the past. The 38km test that was presented to the riders today was one sure way of jumping into the deep end, also being their first.
Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka Continental is all set for its second season with 11 exciting young prospects making up the squad for 2017. As the feeder team to our World Tour outfit, the continental team will see 6 new African riders join the squad which will race a predominantly European calendar once again. Last year, having our continental feeder team based in Europe for its first full season presented numerous challenges to both riders and staff. The team was able to pick up 8 race victories on the African continent, including 3 u23 national titles but it was the strong performances in the European.
The 2nd stage of the Dubai Tour saw a repeat victor as race leader, Marcel Kittel (Quickstep-Floors) sprinted to the win ahead of Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Jakub Mareczko (Willier Triestina). Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka had Mark Cavendish finish in 7th place. In a very similar stage to yesterday’s in terms of distance and profile, the 2nd stage was also expected to yield a mass sprint finale. 5 riders formed the early break of the day and like clockwork, Jay Thomson went to the front of the peloton along with Julien Vermote (Quickstep-Floors) to control the gap. It was another mild day with again.