Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka keeps on putting its mark on this year’s Giro d’Italia. Again today, the team was involved in the heart of the action as Jacques Janse van Rensburg was part of a strong breakaway, which got caught with just 5 km left to go.
On paper, today’s stage looked perfect for a big break to make it all the way. Therefore, it was no surprise to see countless attacks in the opening kilometers. However, a group never succeeded in distancing the peloton for good until after over 100 km of racing.
The Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka riders had been involved in several moves during the fast first two hours. Ultimately, Janse van Rensburg managed to make it into the right move, which quickly got a gap of two minutes on the peloton. Unfortunately, the pack never let the break get too far away. As the riders entered the last 5 km of the stage, the break got caught and the GC riders ended up fighting for the victory. At the end, Bob Jungels (Quick Step Floors) claimed the stage win, while Tom Dumoulin kept the pink leader’s jersey.
On Monday, the Giro d’Italia peloton can enjoy a well-deserved rest day before the race continues with a hard and very mountainous last week of racing.
Jacques Janse van Rensburg:
“These were the fastest first 100 km I have ever raced. We kept an average speed of 50 km/h. Luckily, I had very good legs and I was happy to make it into the break. Had we only had 15 seconds more as we started on the final climb, I think we might have had a chance to stay away and fight for the win. Anyway, that’s racing. I’m really happy with my condition this year. I have managed to take a big step forward in my career”.