The 4th stage of the Amgen Tour of California saw the breakaway get one over on the sprinters teams as Evan Huffman (Rally) out sprinted his 4 fellow escapees to take the victory in Santa Clarita. Rob Britton (Rally) was 2nd and 3rd place went to Lennard Hoffstede (Team Sunweb). It was an interesting stage today with a few climbs out on the 160km course but none within striking distance of the finishline. This saw both the opportunists and sprint teams take an interest in today’s stage. Initially it was 6 riders that got the jump on the peloton, later becoming 5 when Martin Elmiger.
The Tour of Norway could not have got off to a better start for Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka and Edvald Boasson Hagen, as our Norwegian Champion won the opening stage on his birthday. Boasson Hagen beat Tosh van der Sande (Lotto-Soudal) and Simon Gerrans (Orica-Scott) in the sprint for the line. The opening stage of the Tour of Norway took riders on a 170km trip from Honefoss to Asker. There were numerous undulations throughout the stage with a final drag all the way to the line finish as well. The stage suited our Norwegian Champion to a tee and most of the rival teams.
Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka celebrated a huge win on stage 11 of Giro d’Italia as Omar Fraile finished off a masterful performance by crossing the line first in Bagno di Romagna. With its four categorized climbs and short distance of 161 km, many riders had red-circled today’s stage in the road book as a good day for a breakaway to make it all the way. The Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka riders had saved their legs during yesterday’s time trial in order to be ready for today’s stage and they didn’t disappoint. After multiple attacks, a big group of over 20 riders finally got.
Stage 3 of the Tour of California brought about another sprint finish, which on paper may seem like a regular day. Scott Mitchell captures just how much really goes into a “normal” day at the office..
The Tour of Norway gets underway tomorrow and Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka will rally behind our Norwegian Champion, Edvald Boasson Hagen for the 5 stage UCI 2.HC event. Our Norwegian Champion has had much success at his home race, winning 4 stages over the last couple of years and faring well on the overall GC too. For the last two years running, Boasson Hagen has finished as runner up at the Tour of Norway after winning the race overall in 2012 and 2013. This year, Boasson Hagen will again hope to visit the top step of the podium. While all 5 stages will suit.
The 3rd stage of the Amgen Tour of California saw another sprint finish and this time it was the world champion, Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) who took the spoils. Rick Zabel (Katusha) got up for 2nd and in 3rd it was Simone Consonni (UAE Emirates). Stage 3 of the Tour of California took riders on a 186km route, leaving from Pismo Beach and finishing in Morro Bay. It was a stock standard sprinters day with very few notable undulations to speak of. 5 riders tried their luck in the early breakaway but it was never going to amount to much with the big sprint teams of.