Cape Town - Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka is ready to take on Tour de Yorkshire
with a strong and motivated team, including local hero Scott Thwaites.
The British stage race starts out with a 174km long stage in lumpy terrain between Bridlington and Scarborough on Friday.
The following stage looks to be one for the sprinters, despite the
slightly uphill finish in Harrogate, which also served as finishing town
when the Tour de France visited the area in 2014.
The third and final day of racing is the queen stage of Tour de
Yorkshire. Here, no less than eight categorized climbs await the riders
on the 194.5km from Bradford to Fox Valley - Sheffield. Especially the
last 20km are very challenging with several short and steep hills to
Last year, Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka’s Serge Pauwels finished ninth
overall after a strong performance on the final stage. Now, the
33-year-old Belgian and the rest of the team aim to put their mark on
the race once again.
For Thwaites, Tour de Yorkshire will be a special experience as he’s
from the region and therefore will be riding on his home roads in front
of his friends and family.
Thwaites’ local knowledge will be an important asset during the three
days of racing. Unfortunately, the team will start one rider short, as
Johann van Zyl didn’t receive his visa in time. However, the remaining
seven riders are all very eager to show off the team colors in Yorkshire
“What makes Tour de Yorkshire so interesting is that it’s so difficult
to predict. It’s a very open race, suiting many different kinds of
riders. We will focus on our local hero Scott Thwaites, who knows these
roads very well.
For Kristian (Sbaragli), Omar (Fraile) and Jacques (Janse van Rensburg),
the race serves as the last chance to fine-tune the shape ahead of Giro
d’Italia. It would be great for them to leave with a good level of
confidence,” commented the team's Sports Director Rolf Aldag.
Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka line-up:
Scott Thwaites, Serge Pauwels, Kristian Sbaragli, Jacques Janse van Rensburg, Ben O'Connor, Omar Fraile, Bernhard Eisel