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Lineup & Preview: Vuelta a Burgos

Tomorrow (Tuesday 1st August) the Vuelta a Burgos gets underway in Spain and Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka will send a strong climbing group to the UCI 2.HC event.

As an event that our African Team has used in previous year’s as part of our final preparation for the Vuelta a Espana, we look forward to returning to the 5-stage Vuelta a Burgos event once again with a similar purpose in mind. This year the 2 summit finish stages, stage 3 and stage 5, will be targets for our climbing focused roster.

In Igor Anton, Omar Fraile, Merhawi Kudus, Lachlan Morton, Jacques Janse van Rensburg and Ben King we have 6 strong riders for the varying uphill gradients. Our strength in numbers is something we will look to take advantage of in chasing stage wins and should allow us to target a top placing in the overall classification as well.

Joining our team for the Vuelta a Burgos will be our trainee from our continental feeder team, Nicholas Dlamini. Dlamini is a 21-year-old South African who won the King of the Mountains title at the u23 Giro d’Italia this year. Dlamini will ride as a stagiaire on our World Tour for the remainder of the 2017 season.

Bingen Fernandez – Sport Director
Vuelta a Burgos is a really nice race and it presents some good opportunities for our team. At Burgos you are able to find a good race rhythm before the Vuelta a Espana because the race attracts some strong riders, so we are really happy to be here again. Last year Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka won a stage and Igor Anton was also up there on GC, this year we hope for much of the same from our climbers. It will be nice to work with Nic Dlamini too, the young South African trainee, I think he will gain some valuable experience this week.

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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