The 3rd stage of the Criterium du Dauphine took shape in the form of a 35km team time trial. Team Sky was fastest against the clock, beating BMC Racing and Lotto-Soudal into 2nd and 3rd respectively. Not renowned for our team time trialing ability and starting today’s race against the clock at the Criterium du Dauphine one rider short, our African Team was maybe not expecting any real fireworks in Louhans-Chateaurenaud today. We were 3rd out of the start house, with intermediate time checks waiting at kilometers 14 and 24.5. A slight crosstail wind and the flat nature of the course suited the likes of.
Tomorrow Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka will take on the Swiss one day event, the GP du Canton d’Argovie. The GP du Canton d’Argovie is a traditional UCI 1.HC Swiss race, held just ahead of the World Tour, Tour de Suisse. With our African Team set to start Switzerland’s national tour on Saturday, we will also be lining up for Argovie tomorrow. The 186km race will again take place around a circuit course in Gippengen. The punchy riders will hope to make use of the small climb on the circuit, and distance some of the sprinters, but history tells us a reduced group sprint is.