Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka lines up for its final Flanders classic of the season tomorrow when our African Team start the UCI 1.HC Scheldeprijs in Antwerpen, Belgium.
The Scheldeprijs, a spring classic for the sprinters, takes in 208km of the small Flanders roads but the parcours steers clear of the traditional Hellingen climbs. The race ends with 3 laps of a 16.8km circuit in Schoten, making it the ideal race for the sprinters.
Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka will start with a strong team as Mark Cavendish returns to racing with Mark Renshaw, Bernhard Eisel, Matt Brammeier, Tyler Farrar, Reinardt Janse van Rensburg, Nicolas Dougall and Jay Thomson all set to pin on race numbers tomorrow as well. However, Mark Renshaw is still suffering from the effects of his high speed crash at Ronde van Vlaanderen and a decision will be taken in the morning as to whether Renshaw can start or not.
Our African Team will have a team well-rehearsed for the 104th edition of the Scheldeprijs as Cavendish is a 3-time winner of the event while Farrar has also stood on the top step of the podium in Schoten. Drawing from their experience, our African Team will target the victory once again.
Tyler Farrar – Rider
Scheldeprijs is the Belgian sprinters classic. While it still throws some cobbles, small roads and wind at us, traditionally it is decided in a field sprint. Really, it’s the last chance for the fast men to shine in the cobbled classics before the beat down of Paris-Roubaix.