The opening stage of the Volta ao Algarve came down to a nervy bunch sprint which Fernando Gavaria (Quickstep-Floors) won ahead of Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) and Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis). Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka had Edvald Boasson Hagen place 10th at the line. It was a fairly pleasant day out in the Algarve for the 182km first stage although a bit blustery at points. The sprinters had a keen eye on today’s finish but it was a day of constant undulations before eventually reaching the finale in Lagos. 5 riders tried their hand at a long escape today but they were only ever going to.
The 2nd stage of the Tour of Oman saw our Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka riders come to the fore once again as Merhawi Kudus placed 4th, Nathan Haas 5th and Lachlan Morton 14th to give our African Team the lead in the teams classification. Ben Hermans (BMC Racing) won the stage ahead of Rui Costa (UAE Abu Dhabi) and Jakob Fuglsang (Astana). Today’s 2nd stage of the Tour of Oman wasn’t particularly long at just 142km but 4 classified climbs including the tough final 1.8km climb to the finish would make for an exciting day of racing. After a very fast start where 50km.