Michael Matthews (Team Sumweb) sprinted to the stage 6 Volta Catalunya victory ahead of Phil Bauhaus (Bahrain-Merida) and Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott). The general consensus suggested Stage 6 of the Volta Catalunya was going to be another good day for the break to survive. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka had other ideas, and were looking to Ryan Gibbons to get a result in a sprint finish. When 5 riders went up the road, our African Team did a fantastic job to shoulder the chasing responsibility and controlled the escapees together with Bahrain-Merida. Jacques Janse van Rensburg, Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier, Danilo Wyss and Ben O’Connor worked like troopers,.
We have selected a powerful, experienced squad for Gent-Wevelgem in Flanders Fields that features two former winners of the race. Edvald Boasson Hagen (2009) and Bernie Eisel (2010) earn starting berths for Sunday’s race which runs to just over 250km. Giacomo Nizzolo is back in our starting lineup and will be relying on the likes of Reinardt Janse van Rensburg to position him for the sprint if the race finish comes to that. And our team has further cards to play with the likes of Michael Valgren and Boasson Hagen after they raced at Friday’s E3 Binckbank Classic after some time away. The hugely experienced.