Cape Town - The Tour of Britain gets
underway on Sunday, September 3, and as two-time defending champions, Team
Dimension Data for Qhubeka are looking forward to competing in Britain's most
premier road cycling stage race once again.
The Tour of
Britain will again comprise of eight stages, with Stage 5 being an individual time
trial around Tendering.
The seven road stages provide a good mix of varied terrain
with multiple options for the sprinters but also, a few launch pads where
punchers and opportunists could take their chance.
As always, the weather and
traditionally small roads coupled with the guaranteed electric roadside
atmosphere will make for another exciting edition of the Tour of Britain.
After winning the 2015 edition
with Edvald Boasson Hagen and in 2016 with Steve Cummings, Team
will hope to make it a hat-trick of wins in 2017.
With the race against the clock
sure to be a key factor in determining the overall GC, Team
Dimension Data's six-rider team will be
led by Boasson Hagen who has a proven ability over that distance of time
A strong mix of strength and
experience will complete the line-up as Mark Cavendish, Bernhard Eisel, Mark
Renshaw, Scott Thwaites and Jay Thomson will all be at the start on Sunday.
After fracturing his scapula on Stage 4 of the Tour de France, the Tour of
Britain will be the first race back for Cavendish.
he Manxman proved at the
Tour, his ability to come back at a high level after a recovery period and
so we are delighted to have him ready for action once again.
Hammond said: It is great to be heading
back to the Tour of Britain this week. As this event has grown in
stature year on year, so has our team and the last two years in particular were
fantastic for us. We always receive a huge amount of support in the UK for the
team and for Qhubeka. With our partners, Dimension Data, Deloitte and Nederburg
having such a large in presence over here too, the Tour of Britain is a very
special and key event for our team. We will no doubt be looking to put on a
good show once again, we always start a race with the goal to win, this year's
Tour of Britain will be no different.