It may only have been a 65km stage today at the Tour today, but it sure packed a punch..
Nairo Quintana (Movistar) won stage 17 of the Tour de France, climbing to the victory a top the Col du Portet. Dan Martin (UAE Emirates) finished in 2nd place and the yellow jersey, Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) finished in 3rd place. Stage 17 of the Tour de France was a much anticipated stage as at only 65km, it was the shortest road stage in the last 100 years of the race, but packed a mighty punch with over 3000m of climbing. From the start in Bagneres-du-Luchon, the peloton had two category 1 climbs to cover before the finish at the top of the out of.
Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka will start the UCI 1.1 GP Cerami on Thursday and the Belgian one day race is an important fixture for our African Team as it marks the return to racing for Bernard Eisel. The Grand Prix Cerami is a 202km classic style race, ending with a tough circuit finish in Frameries. The race will include a number of typical Belgian cobbled climbs, including the Muur de Geraardsbergen, and so we expect only a small selection of riders to be competing for the victory come the 14km finishing circuit. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka are looking forward to taking part in.