This weekend will see our African Team take on yet another double Italian semi-classic combo, with the Giro dell Emilia on Saturday and the Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli on Sunday. The Giro dell Emilia takes place over 207km between Bologna and San Luca, with UCI 1.HC event expected to once again suit the punchy climbers. With the final monument of the year taking place next week, Giro di Lombardia, we can expect many top contenders to start Emlia with Lombardia on their minds. Team Dimension Data will start with a climber focused squad including Merhawi Kudus, Ben O’Connor, Jacques Janse van Rensburg, Steve Cummings, Natnael.

Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka is delighted to announce that exciting prospect Gino Mäder will join our team from 1 January, 2019; taking up his first contract as a professional. The 21-year old was part of the impressive Swiss national team at the recent World Championships where he finished 4th in the under-23 road race. That result was his most recent in what’s been an excellent year on the road. He had an excellent outing at the Tour de l’Avenir in August where he finished third on the General Classification along with securing two stage victories, in stage eight as well as in the final.