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Basson Hagen sprints to stage win in the third stage of Tour des Fjords

Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka worked tirelessly throughout the stage to set up Edvald “The Boss” Basson Hagen for the stage win. The Boss beat Lars Boom (LottoNL-Jumbo) and August Jensen (Team Coop), and is now second in the overall GC standings.

The third stage of the Tour des Fjords ran from Odda to Kopervik, and covered 180km. Luckily, the teams were greeted by sunshine, in comparison to the cold and wet days they have faced over the first two stages. There were early attacks in the day, and an early break of five managed to get away. The peloton, with our team helping to set the pace, never offered them more than a five minute lead throughout the day. The break was reduced to four, with Nick van der Lijke (Roompot–Nederlandse Loterij) dropping to the peloton.

Adrian Niyonshuti worked hard for our African team for the better part of today’s stage before Jay Thomson, Jaco Venter and Serge Pauwels took over for the finale. Within 10 km to go, the break had a 30 second lead. The peloton made its final surge with our African Team at the helm and the four riders were caught with 2km to go. The team was excellent in setting-up the sprint finish for Basson Hagen, who sprinted to a fantastic win, despite the technical finish. Youcef Reguigui finished in a strong 10th place for us after holding his speed from a good leadout.

With the win, Basson Hagen is second in the overall standings, just 21 seconds behind race leader Dries Van Gestel (Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise).

Edvald Basson Hagen
“It is really nice to have taking the win. The team was riding really well today and they worked hard to bring it down to a sprint final. It was a really technical final so I’m really happy to have pulled it off for the team and win the stage.”

Team Dimension Data For Qhubeka
Founded in 2007, Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka became the first ever African cycling team to gain a WorldTour license, in 2016. In the team’s palmares you can find a Milan-Sanremo victory, numerous stage wins at the Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana, two Tour of Britain GC victories, and 36 National Championships. The team has bases in South Africa, the Netherlands and Italy. It’s also known as Africa’s Team due to its focus on helping African talents to the world stage of cycling. The team races to raise funds for the Qhubeka Charity to change lives with bicycles in Africa. #DoYourPart and gift a bicycle or part of a bicycle, by clicking here.

Qhubeka is an Nguni word that means “to progress”, “to move forward”. Qhubeka (qhubeka.org) partners with communities, public sector, private sector, and non-profit organisations to provide people with bicycles in return for working to improve their community, environment or school attendance.

Dimension Data (dimensiondata.com) uses the power of technology to help organisations achieve great things in the digital era. As a member of the NTT Group, we accelerate our clients’ ambitions through digital infrastructure, hybrid cloud, workspaces for tomorrow, and cybersecurity. With a turnover of USD 7.5 billion, offices in 58 countries, and 31,000 employees, we deliver wherever our clients are, at every stage of their technology journey. We’re proud to be the Official Technology Partner of Amaury Sport Organisation, organiser of the Tour de France, and the title partner of the cycling team, Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka.

Learn more about the team at www.africasteam.com.

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