The Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka riders showed off the team colors nicely on stage 14 of Giro d’Italia. Natnael Berhane was part of a three-man breakaway, while Igor Antón put in a couple of attacks on the final climb.
Today’s stage started out in a high pace with multiple attacks. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka was involved in several breakaway attempts before Berhane, finally, succeeded in distancing the peloton together with two other riders. The trio worked well together but the pack never let them get a big gap. The teams of the overall favorites wanted to fight for the stage win and on the final 20 km, it all came back together again.
As the riders took on the iconic ascent up to the Oropa Sanctuary, Movistar set a furious pace for their team leader Nairo Quintana. A few riders tried to breakaway but no one succeeded. Antón, too, gave it a go but our Basque climber wasn’t allowed any gap either. Ultimately, Quintana attacked and soloed away. It looked like he would take the win but on the final kilometers, Quintana was brought back and at the end, Tom Dumoulin proved to be the strongest as he outsprinted his rivals to take the win. Antón did well to finish in 15th place, just over a minute down on Dumoulin, who keeps the pink leader’s jersey and now also tops the mountains classification. The Dutchman is two points ahead of Omar Fraile. However, Fraile will continue to wear the blue KOM jersey as Dumoulin can’t wear both on tomorrow’s stage.
“Today, I really wanted to be in the break. I tried many times and finally, I managed to get away. Unfortunately, the peloton never gave us more than a two minutes gap. However, I feel good and I’m ready to try again another day”.
Oli Cookson – sports director:
“We were hoping to get a few riders into a big breakaway, but at the end, only three guys got away. We were in break, so we stayed in it but we actually took it quite easy with Natnael [Berhane]. He rode sensibly and didn’t use too much energy thinking ahead to next week. Igor [Antón] tested his legs on the last climb and now, we are looking forward to trying again tomorrow”.