Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka showed off the team colors nicely on the first road stage of this year’s Tour de France. As expected, the day ended in a bunch sprint and here, Mark Cavendish proved to be back in shape as he finished in fourth place. Early on today’s stage, the peloton let four riders get away to establish the obligatory early breakaway. Taylor Phinney (Cannondale-Drapac), Thomas Boudat (Direct Energie), Yoann Offredo (Wanty-Gobert) and Laurent Pichon (Fortuneo-Oscaro) quickly got a gap of three minutes on the pack. However, the teams of the sprinters made sure to keep the break within reach. Team Dimension Data for.
While one part of Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka is fighting in the Tour de France, another part of the team started out Tour of Austria this Sunday afternoon. The opening stage was a very short prologue of just 800 meters. However, despite its short distance, this definitely wasn’t an easy day. The riders were climbing all the way from the start to the finish in Graz with an average gradient of over 10 %. Furthermore, many riders also had to battle slippery roads on the steep slopes towards the top. Mekseb Debesay (photo) finished as the team’s best rider on the stage, 18 seconds.