Stage 3 of the Tour of Slovenia went into the mountains. Unfortunately, after we lost our climber, Jacques Janse van Rensburg on stage 1 we didn’t have too many options for today’s stage. It was still a good day out on the bike..
Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka’s Jaco Venter took the race by the horn and got in the mix on stage 8 of Tour de Suisse. Unfortunately, the breakaway with Venter got caught with just over 10 km left to go. Merhawi Kudus had no problems keeping his Top15 place in the general classification. Right from the beginning of today’s stage, it was clear that Venter was eager to show off the team colors at the front of the race. The former South African champion was one of the first riders to attack. Venter had his father and wife visiting to support him and that may have.
With a team built around the bunch sprints, it was no surprise that Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka saved its energy on Saturday’s mountain top finish to Rogla. Instead, the riders are now looking forward to the final stage of the race, which seems to be another chance for the sprinters. Just like in the previous days, a break managed to get away early on today’s stage. Six riders quickly established a big gap on the peloton. However, as the pack approached the final climb of the day, the gap quickly decreased and just as the riders took on the ascent, it was all back.