Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka showed tenacity on the last stage of Paris-Nice with Serge Pauwels (photo) putting in a strong performance at the front. Despite the distance of just 115 km, the riders were in for a very hard day with no less than five categorized climbs to overcome. Early on the stage, a big break of 22 riders, including Pauwels, got away. The group quickly established a gap of four minutes on the peloton but as the teams of the GC riders started to up the pace, the gap came down quickly. On the penultimate climb, with still 50 km to go, Alberto.
Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka had a clear plan lined up at the beginning of today’s stage but the peloton had other ideas. With its 210 km and numerous steep ‘walls’ for the riders to overcome, stage 5 of Tirreno-Adriatico was nearly impossible to predict the outcome of. On paper, a breakaway seemed to have good chances of making it all the way and this made for a very hectic start. After multiple attempts to get away, a very strong group of 11 riders finally managed to distance the peloton. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka had both Steve Cummings and Scott Thwaites in the group..