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EUROTRASH Qatar Thursday!

The Dimension Data team have practically dominated the Tour of Qatar this week, Cavendish and Boasson Hagen sharing the stage wins and leaders jersey, just one stage win for Alexander Kristoff, so far. All the video and results. Katusha are not banned by the UCI, but maybe by MCPP. Race news from Almeria, rider up-dates from Tejay van Garderen, Adriano Malori, Sofie De Vuyst and Dimension Data get a Continental team. Plus behind the scenes video of the Trek-Segafredo team.

TOP STORY: No Ban for Katusha!
After the doping positive of Eduard Vorganov was announced last week, the case was referred to the UCI Disciplinary Commission to rule on a possible suspension for the Katusha team under article 7.12.1, which could have meant a ban for between 15 and 45 days for the Russian team due to two doping offense in one year. The Commission has said that the team could not be held responsible for the first case, as Luca Paolini had taken cocaine for ‘recreational’ reasons and not for performance enhancement. So drugs are only drugs when they make you pedal faster. Don’t get me wrong, I feel it would a bit harsh to ban the team because one rider had been out at a night club with his mates, but Paolini’s problems were a bit deeper than that and many of the team knew he had problems with sleeping pills, maybe they should have addressed that problem sooner.

The Katusha team is part of MPCC and may have to ban its self for eight days after the conformation of Vorganov’s ‘B’ sample.

Eduard Vorganov trying to fly:
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Tour of Qatar 2016
Mark Cavendish captured his first win in his new Dimension Data colors and his 9th victory in Qatar at the end of a super fast Stage 1 on the Al Khor Corniche. The stage was run off at an average speed of 52 kph. He beat Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida) and Andrea Guardini (Astana) for the first leaders jersey.

There was a very fast start from Dukhan with a strong tailwind, after 38 kilometers the peloton split into two groups, then after 12 more kilometers the front group of around 100 men split again leaving 21 riders out front, including: Kristoff (Katusha), Cavendish, Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data), Andersen (Giant-Alpecin), Van Avermaet (BMC), Bennett (Bora-Argon 18), Gerard (Fortuneo-Vital Concept), Guardini (Astana) and Modolo (Lampre-Merida). Their lead grew from 35 seconds at 57 kilometers to 50 seconds at 81 kilometers.

Kristoff took the first intermediate sprint (106km) ahead of Cavendish and Modolo and the lead for the front group was 1:05. At the second sprint: It was Cavendish ahead of Kuznetsov (Katusha) and Van Avermaet. Coming into the final 20 kilometers the lead was 1:10, which grew to 1:30 as they entered the last 3 kilometers with 16 riders still out front. Cavendish jumped early and the tailwind kept him clear of the others for his win, Modolo and Guardini filled the podium as Ireland’s Sam Bennett (Bora-Argon 18) beat Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) for 4th.

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Stage winner, Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data): “We’ve probably got the best race director in the world for this race in Roger Hammond. We had a lot of confidence for today after last night’s team meeting. The split went pretty soon in the beginning and I was always looked after from the start. Jay Thomson always kept me there at the front in the beginning ready to go and when the group split Youcef Reguigui did a big turn to get me there, and then we had three in the front so that was okay. Obviously we had me there for the sprint and we wanted Edvald there for the overall. So we were content with having the 3 there. It was a long day and a hard. Unfortunately, Tyler punctured and he used too much energy to get back to me for the sprint but he was incredible in helping to keep the group away. Edvald just stayed with me in the final and I wanted Kristoff’s wheel because they had the numbers so we knew they’d do the lead-out and Edvald just sweeped, he was there in case I needed him. I launched from Kristoff with about 200m to go, the road turned right so I hugged the right side and I knew no one would come round me then. It was great that Edvald was there as for sure he will be in contention after the time trial on Wednesday. In all, it was a super strong performance by all the guys and I am really happy to get the first win of the year.”

2nd, Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida): “I’m satisfied with my condition which allowed me to be in the head group when the bunch was broken by the wind, but I have some regrets for not being able to achieve the big target, My idea was to anticipate Cavendish, but Mark began the sprint earlier than me, so I could not overtake him. I don’t want to think about regrets, I prefer to focus on tomorrow stage and to send my support to Mohoric, who suffered an injury in a crash.”

BMC’s Tom Bohli was involved in a crash in the opening stage of the Tour of Qatar which forced him to abandon the race. He was transported by ambulance to hospital where X-rays were performed to determine the nature of his injuries. “The X-rays were completely negative and the medical report shows that he has abrasions on his left shoulder and right knee. Tom was very lucky as it was a bad crash,” BMC Racing Team Doctor, Dr. Daniele Zaccaria said. “We will continue to treat his abrasions and monitor his progress over the next couple of days here at the hotel. In a couple of weeks’ time he should be able to race again.” It is a disappointing end to Bohli’s Middle East racing program, following his participation at the Dubai Tour. “I really don’t remember how the crash happened at all,” Bohli explained. “I don’t feel too bad. My right knee hurts a bit as I have a small hole there from the crash, but otherwise it is general road rash and cuts. I’m more disappointed than anything to not be able to continue the race, as I was particularly looking forward to the time trial.”

Tour of Qatar Stage 1 Result:
1. Mark Cavendish (GB) Dimension Data in 3:28:46
2. Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre-Merida
3. Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana
4. Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Argon 18
5. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha
6. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data
7. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC
8. Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC
9. Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Fortuneo-Vital Concept
10. Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Giant-Alpecin.

Tour of Qatar Overall After Stage 1:
1. Mark Cavendish (GB) Dimension Data in 3:28:31
2. Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre-Merida at 0:08
3. Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana at 0:11
4. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha at 0:12
5. Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Katusha at 0:13
6. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC at 0:14
7. Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Argon 18 at 0:15
8. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data
9. Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC
10. Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Fortuneo – Vital Concept.

Qatar Stage 1:

Stage 2 came down to a bunch sprint outside the Qatar University and Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) beat his main rival, Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data), by just a few inches and capturing his fourth stage success in Qatar. The day had been intense for Cavendish not present in the group of favorites that had taken off in the early stages of the race. And after things had settled, once on the circuit of the next World Championships, and the pack bunched up, the Brit had to be content with second spot on the day. Before the all-important time-trial, he keeps his overall leader’s Golden jersey.

There was a very strong wind blowing from the north-east of the peninsula so the first part of the stage was slow, unlike yesterday’s extremely fast day that saw Mark Cavendish conquer his 9th win in Qatar. After only 2 kilometers, four men managed to break away: Lieuwe Westra (Astana), Preben Van Hecke (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise), Gediminas Bagdonas (AG2R-La Mondiale) and Brian van Goethem (Roompot-Oranje Peloton) and by 25 kilometers they had 1:30.

But after a change in direction, heading back south, the pace dramatically changed and the pack broke up into several groups. While the front four were caught after 35 kilometers, just over 20 men powered away at the front. Among the group were the likes of Kristoff, Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data), Bennett (Bora-Argon18), Guardini (Astana) and Hofland (LottoNL-Jumbo). At the first intermediate sprint (39km) claimed by Kristoff ahead of Boasson Hagen and Kuznetsov (Katusha), the chasing bunch including Cavendish and Modolo (Lampre-Merida) were 14 seconds adrift. That gap grew to 50 seconds as the leaders entered the Pearl World Championship circuit after 79 kilometers.

Eventually the golden jersey group managed to catch the front group and the pack bunched up at kilometer 84. That was the moment chosen by two men to take off: Preben Van Hecke, again, and Gatis Smukulis (Astana). The second bonus sprint set on the finish line of the next ‘Worlds’ was won by Van Hecke ahead of Smukulis while the peloton led by Boasson Hagen was at 43 seconds. The front duo’s advantage reached a maximum 1 minute lead at after 110 kilometers before Dimension Data, BMC and Katusha started chasing them down. They were eventually caught with 10 kilometers to go.

After the Pearl circuit, the peloton stayed together until the final straight by the Qatar University. On the slightly uphill sprint, several riders, including Guardini (Astana), Brown (Drapac) and best young rider Andersen (Giant-Alpecin) suffered a crash. At the front; Katusha led out Kristoff, but he only just managed to capture the win, beating Cavendish to the line by just a few inches, while Roy Jans (Wanty-Groupe-Gobert) finished 3rd. In the general classification, Mark Cavendish keeps his golden jersey but now only has a 5 seconds lead over Kristoff and 14 seconds over Modolo. The Brit also keeps the points classification (silver jersey) while Sven Erik Bystrøm (Katusha) becomes the best young rider of the event (white pearl jersey).

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Stage winner and 2nd overall, Alexander Kristoff (Katusha): “It was a little uphill here at the finish. It suited me quite well. We tried to enter the final km in a good position, but, of course, other teams had the same plans. In the last straight line I stayed on the wheel of Jacopo and it worked well. The whole team did a great job for the lead out but also earlier in the day at front of the race. We had a great day and I am very happy. I could hold Cavendish behind me, but it was a very close sprint. After crossing the line I was not sure about the win, maybe I had just few centimeters. This kind of hard sprints suit me really well and I knew I had a chance today, but of course, after yesterday’s stage I was not sure I would be able to do it. Tomorrow is another day. I am not such a good specialist of time trial, but we will see how close I can be. Also, we have Slava Kuznetsov and he has a chance to do well tomorrow. So, anyway we will try to do our best tomorrow and in other stages.”

2nd on the stage and overall leader, Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data): “That was a really close one. We controlled it at the beginning and then it split in the middle and we thought it might come back anyway on the final circuits but we wanted to be at the front to kind of make life a bit easier but we ended up in the 2nd split. It took some energy out of us but as soon as we caught the front group we were back riding again. The lads were superb again, coming to the final the wind kept changing from head to crosswind all the time so coming to the sprint the other teams were always going to come from behind but the Dimension Data guys kept me at the front really well. Edvald did a really, really good lead-out. Unfortunately, the wind was coming from the front right so you wanted the barrier side. I had to let Kristoff in so I knew I had to go on his outside which kind of made it harder for me. At the end of the day I was happy with how it went, on that finish I can’t be too disappointed losing to Kristoff, he is strong on that type of finish. I am happy to keep to jersey.”

3rd on the stage, Roy Jans (Wanty-Groupe Gobert): “I am very happy with this third place. When you see the names that are behind me in today’s stage result, I just cannot be unhappy. The level of sprinters in this race is really high. Everyone is suffering here. Yesterday I saw all the echelons in the race. Today I found myself in the second echelon with Cavendish and Greg Van Avermaet. This reassured me that we would get back to the front of the race. In the final, Marco Marcato was my last lead-out rider but Mark McNally, Danilo Napolitano and Simone Antonini also did a great job today. Some riders crashed behind me but I didn’t notice and didn’t hear it. I was on my limit but heard them coming from behind. Maybe I rode a little bit too much in the wind, which came from the side and was pretty fierce today. I accelerated again and had just enough power to sprint to third. After that I was à bloc. Tomorrow we’ll have a short time trial but the day after that we’ll have a long day in the desert again where echelons will happen. I hope to get another good result in the final two stages in Qatar.”

9th overall and best young rider, Sven Erik Bystrøm (Katusha): “I have really nice feelings. First of all, because of this great win of Alex. Also with this white jersey, which is a nice bonus for me. The first part of the race was quite hard because of these crosswind sections, but later on the circuit it was more technical, but in the same time, it was more easy to control the race.”

Tour of Qatar Stage 2 Result:
1. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha in 3:11:26
2. Mark Cavendish (GB) Dimension Data
3. Roy Jans (Bel) Wanty-Groupe Gobert
4. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC
5. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data
6. Andrea Francesco Palini (Ita) Skydive Dubai
7. Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre-Merida
8. André Looij (Ned) Roompot-Oranje Peloton
9. Tomasz Kiendys (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
10. Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Katusha.

Tour of Qatar Overall After Stage 2:
1. Mark Cavendish (GB) Dimension Data in 6:39:51
2. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha at 0:05
3. Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre-Merida at 0:14
4. Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana at 0:17
5. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data at 0:18
6. Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Katusha
7. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC at 0:20
8. Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Fortuneo-Vital Concept at 0:21
9. Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor) Katusha
10. Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC.

Stage 2:

Thanks to his outstanding performance in Wednesday’s Stage 3 11.4 kilometer time trial, Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data) won the stage and took the overall lead from his teammate, Mark Cavendish. He beat Jos van Emden (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Manuel Quinziato (BMC).

After best times set by Jesse Sergent (AG2R-La Mondiale), and Jordan Kerby (Drapac), experienced Lieuwe Westra (Astana) hit hard, clocking a reference time of 14:09. The Dutchman’s time remained unthreatened for 45 minutes before his compatriot Jos Van Emden (LottoNL-Jumbo) flew to the line in an impressive time of 13:51. But the man of the day would be Edvald Boasson Hagen. The Norwegian first set the fastest time at the intermediate time-check in 6:16 before crossing the line in an astonishing 13:26, winning the stage at an average speed of 50.918 km/h, with a comfortable 25 second advantage over Van Emden and 29 seconds over Manuel Quinziato (BMC). On the exact same circuit as last year, the Dimension Data rider thrashed the previous record set by Niki Terpstra (14:03) and established a time that was 59 seconds faster than his personal best in 2015 when he finished 8th.

Starting his timed effort with a slim 5 second lead over Kristoff in the GC, Mark Cavendish had to bid farewell to his Golden Jersey, despite a very decent 7th fastest time, just 44 seconds adrift. The new overall leader, Boasson Hagen, can enjoy a 26 seconds advantage over Cavendish and 29 seconds over Quinziato. ‘Cav’ however keeps command of the points classification and will therefore be wearing the silver jersey on stage 4 between Al Zubarah and Madinat Al Shamal. The white pearl jersey for the best young rider switches shoulders and returns to those of Soren Kragh Andersen (Giant-Alpecin).

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Stage winner and overall leader, Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data): “It went pretty well today, I have been feeling quite strong since earlier in the week so I had a go to try and take the victory today. I am feeling strong but also I suffered in the wind. I am just happy that it was enough to take the jersey which we will do our best to keep.”

2nd on the stage, Jos van Emden (LottoNL-Jumbo): “I never consider myself well off, but I thought that I would have a good chance to win this time trial. When I heard that Boasson Hagen was 25 seconds faster, it hurt me. It’s always hard to be dethroned, but it proves that he’s simply the best on the other hand. I delivered a good time trial. The difference between is the power.”

3rd on the stage and overall, Manuel Quinziato (BMC): “Third in a time trial at this level is a good sign. I spent a good winter at the training camps we did. I knew I had good shape in training but you never know how you’re going to feel in the race and today was a good confirmation that I’m starting the season off on the right foot. We are happy. I think we are in third and fourth on GC with two stages to go, so we can still try something.”

4th on the stage and overall, Greg Van Avermaet (BMC): “I’m pretty happy with my time trial. Before last year I had never done a good time trial so I tried to do my best this year. I did the same average in terms of power as last year which was good. I think I’m fourth in the GC. I was hoping that Boasson Hagen would not be so strong and that everyone would stay at the same level so that I could have taken the jersey. It’s a little bit disappointing but it’s only the start of the season.”

Tour of Qatar Stage 3 Result:
1. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data in 13:26
2. Jos Van Emden (Ned) LottoNl-Jumbo at 0:25
3. Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC at 0:29
4. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC at 0:32
5. Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana at 0:40
6. Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Astana at 0:43
7. Mark Cavendish (GB) Dimension Data at 0:44
8. Jordan Kerby (Aus) Drapac
9. Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Giant-Alpecin at 0:45
10. Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC at 0:47.

Tour of Qatar Overall After Stage 3:
1. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data in 6:53:35
2. Mark Cavendish (GB) Dimension Data at 0:26
3. Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC at 0:32
4. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC at 0:34
5. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha at 0:45
6. Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Giant-Alpecin at 0:48
7. Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor) Katusha at 1:02
8. Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Argon 18 at 1:07
9. Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Katusha at 1:10
10. Michael Schär (Swi) BMC at 1:15.

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Clasica Almeria – Victory the goal for IAM Cycling
THE ANALYSIS: “The course will be similar to previous years, however with some lesser difficulties,” explained Mario Chiesa, directeur sportif for the IAM Cycling team over the roads of Andalusia. “The route of the race will be perfect for our sprinter, Matteo Pelucchi’s qualities, which means that we will of course protect him to the maximum. But with possible variations on how the race may play out, IAM Cycling will have many other options and cards to play while competing in Spain next Sunday. We will not limit ourselves to one single strategy only.”

THE QUOTE: “In Almeria, we will be looking for the victory first and foremost. But it is also an opportunity to fine tune our sprint train for Matteo Pelucchi,” Roger Kluge admitted. “We have an experienced team and we should be able to take him far in the sprints. With riders like Martin Elmiger, Leigh Howard, Aleksejs Saramotins, and Vicente Reynes, we have great tactical sense; they know where to position themselves in mass sprints. The beginning of the season is where we can work on the reflexes that will help us to be more comfortable in these situations later in the year.”

THE NUMBER: 2. The number of IAM Cycling riders who are lining up at the race Saturday who have already finished on the podium of the Clasica Almeria. In 2012, Roger Klugeclimbed onto the third step while in 2011, Matteo Pelucchi proved victorious in the race.

THE ANECDOTE: Silver medalist in the points race at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, Roger Kluge will again defend the colors of the German national team on the track this season. The German rider will take part in the next world championships from the 2nd to the 6th of March in London, and then head to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro this August. “The aim above all is to do well on the road this year,” Kluge assured. “But I managed to find a program with IAM Cycling that will allow me to attempt both.”

Clasica Almeria (Sunday 14 February)
Almeria – Roquetas De Mar 184,2 km.

Riders:
Marcel Aregger (S), Martin Elmiger (S), Leigh Howard (AUS), Roger Kluge (Ger), Matteo Pelucchi (It), Vicente Reynes (Esp), Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat).
Directeur sportif: Mario Chiesa.

Martin Elmiger:
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Tejay van Garderen to Open 2016 Season in Spain
Tejay van Garderen will have the chance to test his legs for the first time in 2016 at the upcoming Vuelta Ciclista a la Region de Murcia and Clasica de Almeria races.

It is the first time that BMC Racing Team will take a team to the two one-day races on February 13 and 14, BMC Racing Team Sports Director, Jackson Stewart said.

“They’re great races to start the season with. We’re sending a solid GC team to the two races so that they can get a couple of good race days in their legs before continuing on to Ruta del Sol. Really anyone from the team has a shot in Murcia, and then Almeria is traditionally a sprinters’ race.”

It is van Garderen’s first time opening his season at the Spanish races.

“The decision to start the season in Spain is due to a number of reasons. I’ve opened the two previous seasons with the Tour of Oman, but we felt it was a good idea to stay in Europe, in the same time zone, with a better climate and eliminate the travel involved. These races are competitive and will really set my season up well.”

Rider Roster:
Darwin Atapuma (COL), Brent Bookwalter (USA), Damiano Caruso (ITA), Philippe Gilbert (BEL), Ben Hermans (BEL), Samuel Sanchez (SPA), Tejay van Garderen (USA).
Sports Director: Jackson Stewart (USA).

Tejay van Garderen:
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Adriano Malori’s Health Recovery on the Right Path
Movistar Team is pleased to announce that the latest information supplied by the Bueno Aires clinic where Adriano Malori is convalescing, indicates that his condition continues to improve. All parties are currently studying the most suitable means of transferring Adriano to Pamplona (Spain) in the coming days, for examination by specialist staff at the Clínica Universidad de Navarra.

Adriano Malori:
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The ambitions of Sofie De Vuyst for 2016
There are six new riders in the Lotto Soudal Ladies team this year, amongst them 28-year-old Belgian Sofie De Vuyst. She already rode for this team in the past; from 2005 till 2007 and from 2009 till 2012. Why did Sofie choose for Lotto Soudal?

Sofie De Vuyst: “I wanted to join this team again because of several reasons. I especially like the race program of the team, with many races on different terrains. Also the staff made me decide to come back. In the past I already worked together with Dany Schoonbaert and now also Liesbet De Vocht is part of the staff. I am sure I can benefit a lot from her experience. I already know the Belgian riders and with Anisha Vekemans I went on a training camp in Mallorca in January. It’s extra special that I am in the same team as my partner Bart (De Clercq, LTS). We just have to make sure we mark some of our gear, so we don’t take each other’s helmet or glasses (laughs).”

“The material we get from the team is great. When I saw the Ridley Fenix SL for the first time, I was really amazed. The technical aspects like weight and stiffness are of course of top level, but I also love the color and design. The black paint is beautiful and they added a pink and red touch to the bike, which makes the bike more feminine; this is really appreciated by us riders. We don’t only ride more smoothly, but it looks beautiful as well; it’s a top bike.”

With that Ridley Fenix SL Sofie, who is a part-time jurist, wants to perform well this season. She hopes that her results will yield her a selection for the Olympic Games in Rio this summer.

Sofie De Vuyst: “This year I want to focus more on races uphill, I rather ride those type of races than races on a flat course like in Holland. The race calendar of Lotto Soudal perfectly matches my plans. In July I would love to ride the Giro, that would be a unique experience. An even bigger highlight would be a selection for the Olympic Games. I will approach my season the same way as other years, but the Olympics are an extra motivation. I will do everything I can to ride a fantastic season and I really want to show myself in tougher races. I heard that in previous Olympic years the pace in the peloton was higher, I’m curious to see if that will be the case now as well.”

“Also the fact that I ride for a new team gives me some extra motivation, but it doesn’t make me more nervous. I always have a healthy dose of nerves before the first race of the season, I always want to perform the best I can. I hope that I’m spared from bad luck that could jeopardize my chance of an Olympic ticket. Together with the team I’ll try to make it an unforgettable year.”

Sofie De Vuyst:
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Accelerating the future: Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka launches Continental outfit
10 African riders will make up the squad

Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka are proud to announce the launch of our Continental development team for 2016. The South African registered squad will comprise of 10 African riders who will race a mainly European program in 2016.

Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka sees the launch of its very own Continental outfit as a logical step and investment into the future of African cycling. The team will provide world-class infrastructure, services and race opportunities to give talented U23 African road cyclists a path into the pro peloton in Europe. The Continental team will be based in South Africa until mid-March before relocating to Lucca, Italy to commence with its European program.

Ten African riders make up the Continental squad for the 2016 season; 6 South Africans, 2 Eritreans and 2 Rwandans. The team’s race program will focus predominantly on the UCI Europe Tour complemented by a few selected international events.

The Continental team will race in black, in contrast to the World Tour team riders, who compete in white jerseys.

Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka Continental:
Amanuel Gebreigzabhier (Eritrea), Bonaventure Uwizeyimana (Rwanda), Jayde Julius (South Africa), Keagan Girdlestone (South Africa), Metkel Eyob (Eritrea), Nicholas Dlamini (South Africa), Ryan Gibbons (South Africa), Shameeg Salie (South Africa), Stefan de Bod (South Africa), Valens Ndayisenga (Rwanda).

Douglas Ryder – Principal, Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka
The Dimension Data for Qhubeka Continental Team is an incredible extension and development platform of our World Tour team which will support more riders from the African continent to be able to race and gain international cycling experience. The riders have been carefully selected by our World Tour Performance Team with the goal that they will be able to become seasoned professionals in the peloton of world cycling in the coming years. This team will have the incredible opportunity to be based at our training centre in Lucca, Tuscany and to be mentored by their World Tour compatriots.

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Behind the Stripes
Eurosport was the fly-on-the-wall during Trek-Segafredo’s training camp and created ‘Behind The Stripes’ part of their acclaimed Sports Insiders series. This 30-minute documentary, filmed in Spain’s Costa Blanca in December 2015, features candid team meetings, in-depth interviews, incredible on-board footage of the cyclists on the road, and the lowdown on the nutritional and technological secrets behind the team.


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