A shortened stage six (117km) of the Volta Catalunya eventually saw the winner come from the two-man break in a day of furious, freezing racing from Pobla de Segur to Torrefarrera. The two-man breakaway of Sergio Rubio (Burgos-BH) and Maximillian Schachmann (Quickstep-Floors) escaped early, opening up a lead of 1:20 with around 15km gone, which they more than doubled over the course of the next 15km. The resultant chase to reel in the two saw the peloton split with Ben O’Connor staying with the front bunch and the rest of our team among the second group. A final surge saw the breakaway hold the chasing.
It was an incredible day for Team Dimension Data Continental as young South African, Stefan de Bod, rode to victory at Strade Bianche di Romagna. Crossing the line alone, de Bod soloed to victory ahead of Alessandro Covi and Carloalberto Giordani, both from Team Colpack. Strade Bianche di Romagna, the u23 version of Strade Bianche took place over 150km around Mordano and included no less than 18 white gravel road sectors. 126 riders from 21 different teams took to the start of this, the 2nd edition of the u23 Strade Bianche. After overcoming 2 early mechanical problems, de Bod took the race into his.
The start of the Classics season is always hugely anticipated, and yesterday’s race did not disappoint. In a chaotic race, Edvald Boasson Hagen claimed 24th for our African team. Here is all the action..
Saturday’s stage 7 of the Le Tour de Langkawi was the race’s longest at 222.4km, and saw top-10 finishes for Jaco Venter (5th) and Johann van Zyl (8th) at the finish in Muar. The stage was won by Manuel Belletti (Androni-Sidermec-Bottecchia) with the 1st 8 riders home all credited with the same time. After some initial jostling for position the early break saw Paolo Simion (Bardiani) and Brendon Davids (Bennelong) go clear, their attack though was caught at the 30km mark. Another attack coming almost immediately after that from five riders which was reeled in by the 50km mark. By the 100km mark a large.
Here’s a look at the action from the first five stages at Volta a Catalunya, where Ben O Connor and Louis Meintjies are well placed in the GC. Enjoy!.