Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka will start the inaugural edition of the Adriatica Ionica Race, in Italy. The UCI 2.1 event will comprise of 5 stages, starting with a team time trial in Jesolo tomorrow.
The Adriatica Ionica Race is a new event on the UCI calendar and our African Team is looking forward to taking our colours to this seldom raced in region. Starting in Jesolo, a flat 23km team time trial gets racing underway but it is stage 3 that really sticks out as the queen stage, with the finish being perched up at the summit of the Passo Giau.
Stages 2, 4 and 5 are interesting as they could definitely be raced with the sprint team’s interests in mind, but there are enough undulations each stage for an opportunist to want to have a go.
Our African Team will be heading to the race in the hope that the sprinters do in fact have the final say, as Mark Cavendish looks to get a few more sprints under his belt before heading to the Tour de France.
Joining Cavendish from our African Team at the Adritica Ionica Race will be Mark Renshaw, Reinardt Janse van Rensburg, Ryan Gibbons, Jay Thomson and Nic Dlamini.
JP Heynderickx – Sport Director
It is always nice to start the first edition of a race and in a region that doesn’t see all that much top level racing. All organizers like to offer up something special or unique to their event so we look forward to this from the Adriatica Ionica Race. For us, we don’t have a rider for the Passo Giau stage and therefore the GC, but our focus is to give Mark and the team the opportunity to complete the final preparations ahead of the Tour.
Reinardt Janse van Rensburg
Starting in the Veneto Region just outside Venice, the race heads out to the Dolomites in the Monte Grappa region.
The Monte Grappa region shares its name with the Italian luxury products company who started making bespoke fountain pens in 1912. The image incorporates a fountain pen as a Venetian mooring post.
The doodle line from the pen is the stage 3 route from Mussolente to Passo Giau in the Monte Grappa area. It’s the most demanding stage of the Adriatica Ionica Race, a dolomite ride of 158 km and over 4,000 meters of climbing.