Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka Continental took part in the Tour of Good Hope, a 5 stage national level event in Paarl, South Africa, which started on Monday 29 February and ended earlier today.
It was the first outing for our continental boys after a very successful u23 South African National Championships last month. After a bunch sprint decided stage 1 where Jayde Julius came home in 3rd place, Stefan de Bod’s good run of form, which recently earned him the u23 South African road and time trial title, continued as he took a commanding victory during the stage 2 37km individual time trial. Teammate Keagan Girdlestone was 2nd on the day, and this performance set up our two young South African’s for a first and second placing on the general classification.
Mountaintop finishes on stages 3 and 5 saw our Continental outfit come into their own as the team rode brilliantly to secure the mountains jersey with Metkel Eyob. Girdlestone won the final stage, ensuring the team take home the best team competition. To top things off de Bod held onto both the young rider and yellow jersey to win the Tour of Good Hope overall.
Tour of Good Hope General Classification
1st – Stefan de Bod (Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka Continental)
2nd – Keagan Girdlestone (Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka Continental)
3rd – Darren Lill (USN)
4th – Metkel Eyob (Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka Continental)
5th – Nico Bell (Specialized)
Stefan de Bod – Rider
It was a good race for us. My teammates were amazing from day one and it was a total team effort. A special thanks to Jayde Julius and Amanuel Gebreigzhabier for the hard work they did, controlling the race. I am very happy to win this tour on my home ground.
Keagan Girdlestone – Rider
The whole team rode incredibly well this week, and our results show what can be accomplished through great team work. I didn’t actually feel all that well in the opening stages but the legs came good today and I felt really strong. Amanuel and Jayde rode unbelievably well to control the break, then when we hit the final climb Stefan did a selfless ride and set a hard tempo which pretty much dropped everyone. When I saw everyone was fatigued I took my chance and attacked with 1.5km to go, I put my head down and was able to ride away and win the stage. Now we have the Cycle Tour on Sunday before heading to Europe for the Coppi e Bartali.
Kevin Campbell – Sport Director
Our goal was to win the overall of the Tour of Good Hope and 2 stages, and today we achieved both. The team has been working hard since January and this result confirmed that the riders we have on our team are truly talented. We hope to perform well in the Cape Town Cycle Tour on Sunday and would love to travel to Europe with another victory. We know that there are going to be many tough races against some of the best teams in Europe. We hope to continue our success there.