Davide De La Cruz (Quickstep-Floors) took a solo win on stage 3 of the Vuelta al Pais Vasco, arriving at the finish just 3 seconds before Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) placed 2nd and Jay McCarthy finished in 3rd. It was a difficult day at the Tour of the Basque Country today as there was 6 categorised climbs to be completed over the 160km route from Gasteiz to Donostia. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka started with a bang as Igor Anton and Ben King tried to find the break of the day. The peloton was having none of it though and all attacks in the first.
Marcel Kittel (Quickstep-Floors) went and won his 5th Scheldeprijs title when he sprinted to the victory in Schoten today. Elia Viviani (Team Sky) was the rider placed in 2nd and Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) picked up the final podium position. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka had Reinardt Janse van Rensburg sprint to 7th. The 105th edition of the Scheldeprijs brought about very few surprises with another bunch sprint deciding the race outcome. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka were looking to head into the finale of the race with numbers at the head of the peloton and at the 10km to go mark, our African Team was.
Mark Cavendish will not take the start at today’s Scheldeprijs or at the weekend’s Paris-Roubaix due to an overuse injury. Cavendish, who last competed at the Milano-Sanremo for Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka, has been hampered by pain felt in his right ankle. The discomfort was first felt on the penultimate stage of Tirreno-Adriatico in March and has hindered our sprint ace since. With the Tour de France being the focus of the Manxman’s season this year, the goal is to ensure he is in peak condition come July. With this goal in mind and as a precautionary measure, our African Team will alter Cavendish’s.
Today Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka will start the mid-week semi-classic, Scheldeprijs. The 205km UCI 1.HC Belgian race has a rich history, with this year’s event being the 105th edition of the race. The Scheldeprijs has for many years now been the Belgian classic targeted by the big named sprinters. Our Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka riders have had a fair amount of success in years gone by with Mark Cavendish and Tyler Farrar both having won the event before. While Cavendish will not start the Scheldeprijs this year, Farrar will be on hand to offer his experience to our exciting lineup. The short cobbled.