The Vuelta a Burgos gets underway tomorrow and Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka are looking forward to the Spanish UCI 2.HC event, a race that has become our regular fixture on our race calendar in recent years.
This years edition of the Vuelta a Burgos consists of 5 stages, offering a variety of opportunities to different types of riders. The opening stage will see a short but explosive uphill finish take place up to the Burgos Castillo, before the sprinters come into play on stage 2. Stages 3 and 5 are expected to be the main GC days with summit finishes up Picon Blanco and Lagunas de Neila. Stage 4’s gradual uphill drag to the line will keep both the sprinters and punchers interested.
Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka will be looking to be of the main protagonists over the coming 5 stages, with a strong 7-rider team selected particularly for the parcour. Louis Meintjes, Igor Anton, Merhawi Kudus and Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier will all be looking to test their legs on the uphill gradients around Burgos.
Steve Cummings, Ben King and Johann van Zyl are set to add depth to our engine room this week and are each well equipped to take their chance if the opportunity arises.
Bingen Fernandez – Sport Director
We are looking forward to a good week of racing at the Vuelta a Burgos. There are some tough stages coming up this week but they are well suited to the team we have here. The Vuelta a Burgos has also become a key race for us in terms of our Vuelta a Espana preparation, so we hope to get some positive momentum going here this week, which we can then take into the final grand tour of the season.
Johann van Zyl
Stage 2 of the Vuelta a Burgos departs from the town of Belorado where you’ll find the International Museum of Radio and Communication. The museum documents the history of the radio and wireless communication through the 20th century. In 1991 telecoms firm Motorola pioneered the use of radios when they equipped the team they sponsored with two-way radios. The radios were slowly adopted through the rest of the professional peloton, becoming standard equipment by 2002. Perhaps the museum can add an exhibition of the race radio in the near future?